Buckle up for another spin around the digital block with the Need for Speed franchise. Today publisher Electronic Arts and developer Ghost Games revealed Need for Speed Payback, the next adventure in EA’s long-running car racing series. It’s set for a worldwide release on November 10, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This newest chapter in the Need for Speed lineup will be a bit different from its predecessors, said EA in a statement. In Need for Speed Payback, it’s not about being the first to cross the finish line, it’s playing out an action driving fantasy. To get a taste of what’s in store for you, check out the announcement trailer below.
“Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer. “We’re still delivering everything our fans love about the franchise – the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races, and open-world pursuits – but with Need for Speed Payback, we’re bringing together all those elements in an all-new blockbuster driving experience.”
From the story description, the plot of Need for Speed Payback sounds like a cross between Grand Theft Auto and The Fast and the Furious. You’ll engage in a number of illicit activities as one of three different characters – Tyler, the racer; Mac, the showman; and Jess, the wheelman – in order to take revenge against a nefarious cartel that rules the city of Fortune Valley’s casinos, criminals, and cops. Missions will include heists, car battles, police pursuits, and more.
Additionally, EA is offering a Need for Speed Payback Platinum Car Pack to players who pre-order the game. The car pack will give you instant access to five uniquely customized and tuned cars at launch, each with exclusive platinum blue tire smoke: the Nissan 350Z (2008), Chevrolet Camaro SS (1967), Dodge Charger R/T (1969), Ford F-150 Raptor (2016), and Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport (2016).
Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition owners will also get up to three days of early access to the full game, along with extra goodies such as an exclusive Deluxe Edition license plate and NOS color, in-game discounts, Rep bonuses, and everything that’s in the Platinum Car Pack.
The Need for Speed series is one of those franchises with near-yearly updates so chances are good that you already know if Need for Speed Payback will be on your must-buy list. Still, its changes to the NFS formula may lure in folks who don’t normally get into racing games.