Sadly, after expending a lot of time and money EA still failed to recapture the thing that made Hot Pursuit so great; playing cops and robbers with other people. You see, Hot Pursuit used a traditional multiplayer lobby system that would force people onto teams of cops or racers. The game would then drop these teams onto a section of the open world map to chase each other to the finish line. In contrast, Rivals has what the developer calls the All Drive system. Basically, the open world is the multiplayer lobby, and people can drive to whatever event they wish to compete in whenever they want to compete in it.