Empire City is a course featured in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. It is unlocked after beating the Knockout mode at any difficulty.

It also appears in the PC release of Need for Speed: High Stakes, being set in the United States and unlocked by competing in the Memory Lane Tour, Circuit #4.

It is a street racing course that takes place in a decaying industrial and downtown area, presented in a futuristic cyberpunk style. Notable landmarks are the Empire Hotel, and a park located opposite several gothic style buildings.

The police vehicles patrolling the course in the Hot Pursuit mode are the Eagle Talon in the PlayStation release or the Ford Crown Victoria in the PC release. In Need for Speed: High Stakes, the Chevrolet Caprice and the Lamborghini Diablo SV are patrolling instead.


  • In Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, Flimsy by Saki Kaskas and Warped by Alistair Hirst are used as soundtracks for Empire City.
  • Entering the "MCITYZ" cheat code at the main menu of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit will unlock Empire City.
  • A unique element of the track is the view of a satellite in space that looks similar to the Death Star from Star Wars.
  • In the PlayStation release, one of the tankers is entitled "Neptune II."
Development - Some content may have altered during development.
  • In the PlayStation release, there are barriers blocking the road that would lead to the cut track TR02B.