The Next Need for Speed: Payback

This fall, it will have been two years since Need for Speed hit the streets in a complete revision for the series. With a renewed focus on street racing and story-based narrative to set it apart from the other racing games, as well as particularly good visuals, the game was met with very positive reception (at least until its infamously difficult title update which still boasts a 67.5 ratio a year after release). We know a new Need for Speed is coming — EA has said as much, but we haven’t heard anything about it until today.

In the latest blog update, developer Ghost Games finally revealed the above teaser image and some details on the new game:

  • Cops: Cops are a series staple. They're coming back and should be even more of a challenge thanks to new vehicles like a RHINO.
  • The Open World: The world is getting bigger. Not only will you race on the street, but also on the dirt. Sounds a bit like Forza Horizon 3 to me.
  • Always Online: Short answer — it's gone. Ghost Games says the full single-player experience will be available completely offline if you want. And they explicitly confirmed that you can pause the game, a feature that's been missing from the last two NFS games.

That’s all we know for now about the next Need for Speed game, but if you look closely at the teaser image you’ll see that it appears to be a desert environment and a date — June 2nd. It seems likely we’ll know more then.

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Hey Everyone,

We wanted to drift by and talk about a topic that we know you’re just as passionate about as we are…the next Need for Speed.

By now many of you will have heard the talk that a new game is in development here at Ghost Games. We’re happy to announce that by the end of 2017 you will be playing a new Need for Speed game.

We’ll have a lot more details to share as we get closer to EA PLAY in June. In the meantime, we can share a few details about various aspects of Need for Speed, what they mean to you, to us as developers, and to the franchise as a whole.

First up, we wanted to say thank you. When we launched the reboot back in 2015, we were blown away by the amount of feedback you gave us. It was clear how passionate you are for Need for Speed, which is a large part of why we’re here today.

Customization, we love it, you love it, everyone loves it. What’s not to love? Rest assured that we’re committed to customization having a home within the Need for Speed series. It’s not going away and it will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond.

Woop woop…let’s talk about cops. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting into a cop chase and feeling the heat on your tail as you tear it up through the city. Cops in pursuit, racers up ahead and then out of nowhere BAM! They bring a Rhino to a street race. You got this?

Whether you’re checking out your freshly customized ride or smoking the competition in an event up in the canyons, you’re going to want a world that not only looks beautiful, but offers you the space in which to do the things you want. We’re dialing up the action and allowing you to tear up the tarmac, and dirt, to your heart’s content.

Burn rubber as you throw a car around a corner sideways and floor it as you hit an epic jump away from the cops. We’re building the world, but what you do in it is the aspect that excites us most.

Let’s finish on one of the biggest discussion points around the last game: always-online. To say that this is a topic you’re passionate about would be an understatement, and whenever there’s a topic that gathers as much attention and feedback from you as this did, we take note.

So, when release day rolls around for the next Need for Speed, you will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline. Before you ask, and we know you will, this does mean you will be able to pause the game.

Need for Speed has an amazing history and at Ghost we feel very honored and privileged to be driving it forward. We’ll be speaking to you again very, very soon.

Here’s to a bright future, together.

  • Ghost

A ton of new details, screens, and even a trailer were just released for Need for Speed Payback. In the game, you’ll be able to turn wrecks into personalised supercars. These wrecks, dubbed Derelicts, have upgrade tiers that ultimately end in Super Builds. The Super Builds have great performance as well as more options for visual customisation.

Need for Speed fans have been vocal about wanting more options in terms of customisation, and Need for Speed Payback aims to address this. The Derelict system aside, you’ll have even deeper customisation for every car in your garage. This includes vanity items such as underglow, tire smoke, air suspension, and nitrous flames.

Performance customisation is also deeper as parts come in six categories: Head, Turbo, Block, Exhaust, ECU, and Transmission. You’ll be able to get ahold of these parts by winning events or buying them from constantly changing stocks at Part Shops. You can also acquire parts through the Targeted Roll system, which recycles unwanted parts in exchange for new ones.

All of these parts need to be kept somewhere, of course, so you’ll be able to buy multiple garages in order to house your ever-growing amount of cars and parts. Once you have access to all five garages, you’ll be able to keep an unlimited amount of cars.

Along with all this information comes a customisation trailer to help visualise it all.

Need for Speed Payback is set to launch worldwide on November 10th. If you’re interested in seeing more of the game before its release, it will be at Gamescom next month.

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The all new BMW M5 comes with 600 horsepower in the stock version and will be available to drive on NFS Payback prior to the actual February 2018 release. The real version of the M5 Limited Edition is priced at 137,000€. The game will be much cheaper laugh.

NFS Payback is scheduled to launched November 10th on Xbox One and Xbox One X.

EA claims that Need for Speed Payback contains the largest open world that the franchise has ever seen. To back up this claim, a lot of information about the world of Fortune Valley was released along with a few screenshots and a trailer. The world contains four main zones, and you’ll be driving through canyons, mountains, desert, and a city as you explore. Each zone is complete with its own name, events, landmarks, collectibles, and more.

Ark Tower Construction Yard in Silver Rock

Silver Rock is a city that can be found to the southeast, and its most notable areas are Billionaire’s Row and Boomville. As its name suggests, Billionaire’s Row is a wealthy area in which supercars are a common sighting. Boomville, on the other hand, is an industrial area that lacks style, but is ideal for racing.

Silver Rock points of interest:

  • The Rustway
  • Ark Tower
  • Lakeside
  • The Barrio
  • Carville International Airport

Airfield 73 in Liberty Desert

Liberty Desert can be found to the east of Silver Rock, and it’s the perfect place to go wild off-road. The most notable area in the desert is Airfield 73, which is where your first garage will be located since the airfield is no longer in use. To the south of Liberty Desert is Las Almas Church. If you’re looking for broken down vehicles to repair, this might be a good place to start.

Liberty Desert points of interest:

  • Airfield 73
  • Fortune Valley Solar Project
  • Fortune Valley Railway Station
  • Las Almas Church

Marshall Observatory in Mount Providence

Mount Providence is located to the west of Fortune Valley, and it’s definitely the place to go if you want to drive through nature on mountain roads. In this area, you’ll be able to drift your way up to Marshall Observatory, race through Cohen Tunnel, and visit the sleepy town of Braxton. This town is probably the opposite of what you’d think of when looking to play Need for Speed, but you can race through it just the same.

Mount Providence points of interest:

  • Marshall Observatory
  • Diamond Peak
  • Cohen Tunnel
  • Fortune Valley Resort & Casino
  • Soledad Church
  • Mount Graint
  • Braxton
  • Newhaven Cabins

Silver Dam in Silver Canyon

Silver Canyon is in the north of Fortune Valley, and runs from the top of Silver Rock all the way to the northern and eastern sides of Liberty Desert. If you’re afraid of heights, you should probably avoid Ember Peak. From there, you’ll be able to look down on the world that’s just waiting for you to explore it.

Silver Canyon points of interest

  • Silver Casino Lodge
  • Silver Dam
  • Ember Peak
  • Ember Valley Visitor’s Centre

If you’re having a tough time visualising the entirety of Fortune Valley, hopefully the game map and the trailer below it can help bring the details to life.

You’ll be able to experience all of what Fortune Valley has to offer first-hand when Need for Speed Payback launches on November 10th.

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Two words for you…

Forza 7

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I personally, enjoy the chase on a fun good looking game, more then the race on a great looking game any day.

Need for Speed Payback Trailer Previews the Story

A has dropped a story trailer for Need for Speed Payback. Perhaps historically not the most important part of a racing game, it’s always there nonetheless. This one looks to contain all the usual fixings: the main characters getting “played,” drama, explosions and a harebrained scheme to steal a supercar.

Players will step into the shoes of the three main characters: Ty Morgan, Jess Miller and Sean McAlister, better known as Mac. According to EA, “Each driver must take on races, missions, and challenges to earn the respect of the Valley’s underground and compete in the ultimate race to finally take down The House.”

Need for Speed Payback launches on November 10th.