EA Releases Need For Speed 2Do you feel it? Do you feel the need for speed? Well, buckle up as EA announced today the North American release of Need For Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM). The PC version will shortly follow on Monday, Oct. 21. Staying true to the legendary "Need For Speed" franchise, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 features the world's most sought after exotics ... with the added intensity of "Johnny Law" as similarly featured in the spiritual predecessor, Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit. The cops are back, but bigger than ever! Players can jump behind the wheels of 23 vehicles and 10 police variations including the speedy Lamborghini Murcielago(TM) and the popular Ferrari 360 Spider(TM). Skilled drivers will need to push their RPMs all the way to the finish line within a variety of challenging tracks and detailed environments including National Forest and the 13-mile long Tropical Sunset track. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 includes four gameplay modes: Quick Race, Single Challenge, Championship and Hot Pursuit. In Hot Pursuit mode, players must out-maneuver the cops and do their best to evade police pursuit tactics such as multiple cruisers, roadblocks, spike-strips and even armed helicopters ready to put an end to those law-breaking joyriders. All versions of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 will also feature new multiplayer head-to-head racing and "cop versus speeder" mode. About the Xbox version This version features 12 tracks (48 variations) and two career event trees, for a grand total of 66 events. After completing each event, players will be rewarded with points that can be used to unlock new vehicles and tracks. The Xbox version is developed by EA Seattle. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 is rated "E" (Everyone) and carries an MSRP of $49.99. For more information, visit the official product website at: www.needforspeed.com. Additional information can be found on the press website at www.info.ea.com.