Need For Speed Payback will be the next entry in EA’s longtime racing series. This is the third Need For Speed game developed by Ghost Games and is being called an “action driving fantasy”. I’m not entirely sure what that means. Judging from the trailer, I think it means “Fast and the Furious-like”. You decide.

Need For Speed Payback will maintain the standard of offering an impressive roster of official cars, deep customization, races, and open-world driving. In addition, EA is promoting an “intense heist missions, high stakes car battles, epic cop pursuits and jaw dropping set pieces.” The story will allow players to switch between three drivers: Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman; on their quest for payback against The House, a cartel group that owns the Fortune Valley underworld. We rejoiced last month when it was announced that Need For Speed Payback’s single player will be playable offline, with the feature to pause the game and everything!

Customization has become a large part of the Need for Speed franchise and was highlighted in this announcement. 

Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar. They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all.  

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The series hasn’t grabbed me since Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, but swerving into a more action-packed story has me interested. I remain curious if the story will take itself too seriously. The more ridiculous, the better in my opinion. Based on everything we’ve seen so far, Ghost Games seem to have taken note of the self-aware silly direction the Fast and the Furious franchise has moved. Let’s hope they go all in.

Need For Speed Payback will be released worldwide on November 10th on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Origin for PC. Those who pre-order will receive the Platinum Car Pack for free, which features Platinum Blue Tire Smoke and includes the following cars:

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

The Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition gives players up to three days of early access to the full game, along with exclusive customization items such as the Deluxe Edition license plate, NOS color, in-game discounts, Rep bonuses, and everything in the Platinum Car Pack. EA Access or Origin Access subscribers will receive the standard Play First Trial and can play for up to 10 hours starting November 2nd.

Check back here for more news and the Need For Speed Payback official page for all the details. 

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Jon has been playing video games for a long time. His first commentary was recorded on cassette during boss fights in Final Fantasy for the NES. That tape may be lost, but his love of production, recording, and video games is not.