Need for Speed: Payback Follows Fast and Furious Films, Becoming a Heist Racer

Need for Speed: Payback Follows Fast and Furious Films, Becoming a Heist Racer

The next Need for Speed wants you to be good enough to be gone in 60 seconds.

Electronic Arts and Ghost Games today announced the details of the next Need for Speed. The title, called Need for Speed: Payback, leaves behind the street racing focus of the last game in order to focus on car-based heists and police chases. Ghost Games wants players to feel out their "action driving fantasy" on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a planned launch on November 10, 2017.

"Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games," said Payback executive producer Marcus Nilsson. "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, to the different characters you can drive as, to the varied missions, to the edge-of-your-seat moments, this is our vision for what action driving entertainment means today."

2015's Need for Speed took place in the fictional, perennial night of Ventura Bay, whereas Payback shifts to the underworld of Fortune Valley. You'll take on the roles of three different characters — Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman — as they fight against The House, a criminal cartel that runs Fortune Valley's casinos. Players can bet on their own performance in races and use that money to fuel the enhanced customization of their vehicles.

The Deluxe Edition of Need for Speed: Payback offers three days early access to the game and exclusive car customization items like the NOS color and Deluxe Edition license plate, in-game discounts, and a Platinum Car Pack. Any player who pre-orders Payback will receive the Car Pack as well, including five iconic vehicles:

  • Nissan 350Z 2008
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
  • Dodge Charger R/T 1969
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016

EA Access and Origin Access subscribers can play the game for up to 10 hours on starting on November 2, 2017, while Deluxe Edition owners will start on November 7, 2017. Everyone else will have to wait for the official launch on November 10, 2017.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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