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EA reveals Need for Speed Payback

Electronic Arts lifts the lid on Need for Speed Payback, and it’s a lot like the Fast and the Furious.

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Electronic Arts lifts the lid on Need for Speed Payback, and it’s a lot like the Fast and the Furious.

EA is bringing back its hit racing franchise with Need for Speed Payback, which will be released worldwide on November 10th, 2017.

The announcement press release promises a heady mix of heist missions, car battles, and cop pursuits. Given that developer Ghost Games includes staff formerly of the much-missed Criterion Software, we expect Need for Speed Payback to tap into the elements that made Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit the most recent highlights of the long-running series.

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Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer for Need for Speed Payback, said:

“Need for Speed returns this year to challenge what players expect from racing games. 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.”

We can’t say we’re all that excited about a story in a Need for Speed game, especially one that sounds as rote as this:

Players will drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. They will take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground.

Still, it will be the racing that counts, and given the development team’s pedigree, we have few worries on that front.

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Naturally, a bunch of pre-order packages have also been announced. For your early interest you’ll receive the Need for Speed Payback Platinum Car Pack, and get access to five uniquely customised cars at launch, each with Platinum Blue tire smoke. The Platinum Car Pack includes:

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

Also available is the game’s Deluxe Edition, which includes three days of early access, as well as an exclusive license plate and NOS color, in-game discounts, rep bonuses, plus all of the content included in the Platinum Car Pack. EA Access and Origin Access subscribers can also play the game for ten hours starting on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017.

Need for Speed Payback will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Origin on November 10th, 2017.

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