Electronic Arts (EA) have unveiled the newest instalment in the Need For Speed franchise, titled ‘Need For Speed: Payback’, that they have been teasing the development of for the past few months and is being developed by Ghost Games. With a release date of November 10th 2017 across PS4, Xbox One and PC (via Origin), the game looks to be heavily inspired by the Fast and the Furious movie series, and gives players the option to play as three different characters: Tyler ‘The Racer’, Mac ‘The Showman’ and Jess ‘The Wheelman’.

In the reveal trailer’s caption EA provides the following short-and-sweet description of the game: ‘Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, you and your crew are reunited by a search for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals, and cops.’ This trailer has been tweeted out by both @EA and @NeedForSpeed, meeting much enthusiasm from fans, and you can watch it below.

The basis of the single-player campaign in the game has been revealed. Players will follow the exploits of former street racer Tyler, who after being double-crossed and forced into exile, thinks it’s about time for payback. Tyler sets out to rebuild his crew, win an impossible race and bring down The House, the formidable cartel that controls the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. It is a game which promises action, suspense, and explosions galore, and a level of difficulty that befits the Need For Speed franchise.

Customisation has been an element of the game heavily-emphasised in both the announcements and on the dedicated Need For Speed website, which has been updated with all the latest information. Not only are players able to choose from five classes of vehicle – Race, Drift, Off-Road, Drag and Runner – but it is now also possible to customise both the aesthetic and mechanical elements of your cars, making them look and work exactly as you want. Whether you want to modify an existing, working car, or breathe new life into one abandoned on the streets of Fortune Valley, it’s possible – the game is yours to command.

Fortune Valley as a setting for Need For Speed payback has been described by EA as an ‘action-packed playground’, offering players the chance to race through the ‘glamourous and gritty districts of Silver Rock City, tear up the arid Liberty Desert, drift your way up Mount Providence or defy deadly drops all over Silver Canyon’. It is designed to have somewhere for everyone to race and have a good time, and if the trailer speaks accurately for the game, there looks to be a lot in store for both new and veteran players alike.

Familiar and favourite challenges await in Need For Speed: Payback, including the much-loved cop car chase. Now with helicopters and Rhinos in their arsenal, the local PD will stop at nothing to get players off the streets, so it won’t just be your driving put to the test – it will be your strategy and forward-thinking. Depending on your success in this challenge and others, your reputation and earnings will increase, with EA providing the following description of the in-game rewards system:

‘Double down on risk to run up your rewards. Nail speed and style moments to bank extra rep, and string together Heaters for massive multipliers. Push your limits to bank your winnings, or will you go bust? Up the ante with challenges that raise the stakes in races. Win the race and the challenge to multiply your bank.’

Think you’re the fastest and willing to put your reputation on the line? An all new Autolog pushes your friends’ best scores from the entire campaign and world activities. Bragging rights are always at stake — and only a button press away.

The competitive element of the game is therefore also set to feature prominently, with emphasis on taking risks and giving it your all in order to reap maximum rewards. Whether you’re successful depends on your individual skill – so there’s all to play for.

Pre-order information for the game has already been released, with the announcement of both a standard edition which will  cost £54.99 on PC or £59.99 on consoles, and a Deluxe Edition which will cost £69.99 on PC or £79.99 on consoles. (As these prices are inconsistent between the EA website and the PlayStation/Xbox stores, they may be subject to change/alignment.)

The standard edition is to comprise of the base game only, with the Deluxe Edition set to enable players to get access to the game up to three days before official release. The deluxe edition will also include an exclusive NOS colour, license plate, leaderboard icon, story mission pack and more – so for the dedicated Need For Speed fan, it bears perks worth considering investing for.

Depending on which edition of the game is purchased, players will be able to access and play the game at different times:

  • November 2nd for EA Access and Origin Access Members with the Play First Trial
  • November 7th if you buy Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition
  • November 10th if you buy Need for Speed Payback Standard Edition

However, EA have promised that regardless of edition, a Need for Speed: Payback pre-order will gift players the Platinum Car Pack upon release, which instantly gives players access to five uniquely customised and tuned cars, each with exclusive Platinum Blue Tire smoke (exclusive to Platinum Car Pack vehicles): the Nissan 350Z, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ford F-150 Raptor and the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport.

 Need For Speed: Payback is available to pre-order now on PlayStation, Xbox One and PC (via Origin). Stick with  us right here at Quillstreak for all the latest updates on the game, and look forward to seeing more about the title from EA in their EA Play showcase starting June 10th. You can sign up to their official newsletter here as well for updates by EA on the game as soon as they are published.

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Georgina Howlett
20-year-old aspiring author and journalist, regularly found fleeing into the night in search of Pokémon. Working my way through my third year of an English Literature undergraduate degree at Newcastle University. If I'm not writing, I'm yelling at useless people on Overwatch and Splatoon 2, or else sleeping. Or eating. Nintendo Switch ID: 0203-3480-8054

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