Need for Speed Payback Revealed with New Trailer and Screenshots; Release Date Announced

Today Electronic Arts revealed Need for Speed Payback, the new chapter of the Need for Speed series, developed by Ghost Games, coming in November.

June 2, 2017

As teased yesterday, today Electronic Arts and Ghost Games revealed Need for Speed Payback.

The game comes with an extensive single player campaign starring former street racer Tyler Morgan, on a quest to rebuild his crew, win an apparently impossible race, and destroy a cartel named “The House.”

There will be five classes of cars, Race, Drift, Off-Road, Drag and Runner. Of course, deep customization is on the menu, with lots of aftermarket parts to be won and purchased. You’ll even be able to find derelict cars by exploring the open world, and restore them into a “one-of-a-kind supercar.”


The location of Fortune Valley is also full of variety, including cities, mountains, desert areas and even a canyon.

A scoring sytem will include speed and style moments and heaters that you can chain in order to multiply your winnings, with a risk and reward mechanic that prompts you to keep pushing and risk losing all or bank what you got while safe.

The autolog feature will compare your scores with everyone else’s including the campaign and other activities in the open world.

Those who will pre-order the game will get the Need for Speed Payback Platinum Car Pack, including the following rides:

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

A Deluxe Edition will also be available for all platforms, including three days of early access, a story mission pack, special customization options (a unique license plate, leaderboard icon, and NOS color you can use on up to five cars.), a 5% rep bonus and a 10% discount on in-game purchases.

Below you can read a few official bullet points for the game:

  • Scrap to stock to supercar. Your car is at the center of everything you do in Need for Speed Payback. Endlessly fine-tune your performance with each of the five distinct car classes (Race, Drift, Off-Road, Drag and Runner) to turn the tables on the competition in any race, mission or challenge.
  • Live out an action-driving fantasy. Play as three distinct characters united by one common goal: revenge. Tyler, Mac and Jess team up to even the score against all odds, and enter the ultimate race to take down The House. Battle cops with ever-increasing intensity, race against rivals across the city and drive on and off-road through mountains, canyons and deserts.
  • High stakes competition. Win big with all-new Risk vs Reward gameplay. Intense cop chases mean the stakes have never been higher. Challenge your friends or potential rivals via Autolog recommendations throughout the events or go head-to-head in classic online leaderboards.

Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson accompanied the press release with a statement:

“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.”

Since we talked about early access, it goes without saying that we got release dates too. EA and Origin access will get to play the game first on November 2nd with their Play First trial. Those who will purchase the Deluxe Edition will enter the fray on November 7th, while the worldwide official release for everyone else will be on November 10th. The game will come for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Below you can check out the first trailer, and a few spiffy screenshots, also giving a look on the new garage.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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