Russian developers revive Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

What is Russia well known for? On Jalopnik, it's dash cam craziness. But apart from horses/jets/boats/BMW-douches crashing/missing/overrunning a chimp/babuschka/cop/Putin, Russia has produced some of the world's best mathematicians. A skill very useful for programming. At least that's what I'm told - I have no idea how any coding actually works, I just like to use the results.

Anyhow, Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit has earned an equally legendary status as dashcam videos on Jalopnik have. Video Game aficionados go into raptures over any Classic NFS as soon as new arcade racers are mentioned. The good news is that the constant praising has been heard: there's a modernized version of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit in the making. The even better news is that it's not EA who's behind it, but a group of Russian developers. So there's a chance that the game is finished and not overpriced/maimed with DLCs.

The backbone for the racing game is the veritable, powerful Cryengine, one of the very few game engines available for licensing in general. In fact, non-commercial and educational projects can use it free of charge. The games' technical envrionment also leads to the new name: Cry for Speed.

Russian developers revive Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

What made NFS III so good was the selection of tracks. Closed road courses through beautiful and diverse environments. As part of the project, all sceneries have been rebuilt to Cryengine standards. It all looks impressive, considering it's a private party project.

Russian developers revive Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

Keeping the 90s spirit in mind, the car list of NFS III has not been messed with, and I am pretty sure that most cars are conversions from Forza 4.

  • -Aston Martin DB7
  • -Chevrolet Corvette C5
  • -Ferrari 355
  • -Italdesign/Alfa Scighera
  • -Lamborghini Countach
  • -Lamborghini Diablo SV
  • -McLaren F1 (not in the original game, but available as a mod)
  • -Mercedes CLK GTR
To be completed:
  • - Ferrari 456M
  • - Ferrari 550 Maranello
  • - Jaguar XJR-15
  • - Jaguar XK8
  • - Jaguar XKR
  • - Lister Storm
  • - Mercedes SL600
  • - Spectre R42

Sure, compared to the amount of cars the average AAA title offers it's not a lot, but I like how the people behind it keep to their strict battleplan: Modern tech, modern quality, old content and gameplay. Brilliant.

The website says the game is finished to about 40%, and a public alpha is set to be launched soon. It also is a completely free game, which helps the whole project avoid licensing issues. Good move, I personally can't wait to give it a go. If you are interested too check out the website, their vk.com presence (Russian facebook) and discuss the project in the comments section.