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Need for Speed Payback release date announced

by Eric Frederiksen | June 2, 2017June 2, 2017 8:00 am PDT

The long-awaited next entry in the Need for Speed franchise has been unveiled: Need for Speed Payback. Set to release on November 10, Need for Speed Payback looks like it wants to capitalize on the love for games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted, while bringing in some features from the last few years of Need for Speed and other racing games.

Payback followed street racer Tyler Morgan and his crew following a double-crossing. Tyler “must rebuild his crew,  win an impossible race, and bring down The House, the cartel that has a grip over the city’s casinos, criminals, and cops,” EA says. It sounds like the game will not only be fast, but furious as well, if you catch my drift.

Cops and Robbers and a bit of Forza

There will, of course, be tons of licensed cars. They’ll be split into five classes: Race, Drift, Off-Road, Drag, and Runner. EA is promising lots of customization both on visual and mechanical fronts. With Forza Horizon being, arguably, the preeminent open-world racer right now, it’s not surprising to see EA pick up a feature from those games; while exploring the game’s city of Fortune Valley, you’ll find abandoned cars that can be restored, souped up, and turned into supercars. Sounds a lot like the Barn Finds from the Horizon games, but I’m definitely not complaining.

The fuzz is back this time around, too, with police chases that include helicopters and Rhinos. Need for Speed‘s Autolog is back, too, connecting you to the greater Need for Speed community. Ghost Games and EA have promised, though, that this game will be completely playable offline. And yes, you can pause the game. Whew.

Need for Speed Payback releases on November 10 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you’re on EA Access or Origin Access, you’ll get access to the standard trial on November 2, and those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will be able to play on November 7.

With E3 just around the corner, we’re hoping to get our hands on this game in just a couple weeks.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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