Fans of the iconic Need for Speed series are buzzing with excitement as a remaster of Need for Speed: Underground 2 is currently underway. The remaster, championed by YouTuber ‘Uncle Burrito’, features the advanced RTX Remix Path Tracing, which adds a new level of realism and visual splendour to the 2005 classic. Despite it being in the early stages of development, complete with some bugs and lighting anomalies, the project has already garnered rave reviews from fans for its striking visuals and faithful rendering of the original game.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 holds a special place in the hearts of gamers due to its refined street racing gameplay, captivating story campaign, and an extensive suite of customization options. Released in 2005, it improved upon its 2003 predecessor in virtually every aspect, carving its place as an enduring favourite among fans. This affection is the driving force behind the buzz that this remastered project has generated.
The remaster comes at a time when fans are expressing a desire for an official remastered version from EA. The success of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered in 2020 has fuelled these hopes, as players eagerly anticipate a potential revisiting of Underground 2. While the fan-made remaster has generated considerable excitement, an official release could potentially rejuvenate the series and introduce it to a new generation of gamers.
Adding to the fervor, the latest addition to the franchise, Need for Speed Unbound, hit the shelves just last year, further proving the series’ longevity and enduring popularity. While fans are undoubtedly enjoying the new title, the appeal of returning to the adrenaline-fueled streets of Underground 2 remains strong.
As the community continues to show support for the remaster, some have suggested the potential use of Unreal Engine 5 for a possible official remake. This game engine, known for its powerful and realistic graphical capabilities, could provide an unparalleled experience if integrated into a potential Underground 2 remaster. As such, fans have a clear message for EA: Make the remaster happen, and make it spectacular.