E3 2017 ‘Need for Speed Payback’: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know

Developer Ghost Games and Publisher Electronic Arts released a new trailer for Need for Speed Payback, showing off gameplay of one of the missions in which you steal a car from a moving truck. The game is coming November 10, 2017.

Here’s everything you need to know.

The Game Is a Revenge Story

According to a press release from EA, the game has you playing as three different characters out for revenge on The House, a powerful cartel that runs Fortune Valley’s casinos, criminals, and cops. As you complete different missions in the open world with each of the three characters, you’ll earn the respect of the underground racing scene and get closer to taking down The House.

2. The Game Wears Its Fast and the Furious Influence on Its Sleeve

Need for Speed Payback


In addition to car races, Need for Speed Payback adds heist missions, car battles, cop chases, and explosive set pieces. The new gameplay trailer shows off this focus on high-octane action as you take down enemy cars as you pursue the truck and have your partner hijack the car as the game switches control to her and you drive off. And of course, all of the big car takedowns are presented in slow-motion.

3. Customization is Bigger than Ever

As Art Director Bryn Alban demonstrates during EA Play 2017, you customize cars in the garage and store as many cars as you want in the warehouse. You can find derelict cars in the open world and take them into the shop to tune it up into a stock car and then a super car. Each part of the car can be tuned up from the hood to the rims. Then you can set different super car builds to fully optimize your ride for racing, drifting, off-road racing, and more. You can also tune the stance of a car.

4. The Game is the Latest in a Long-Running Franchise

Need for Speed Payback


The first Need for Speed game, Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed, was released in 1994 for the 3DO and developed by Canadian Studio Distinctive Software. Subsequent entries and spin-offs have come out for a variety of systems and have been developed by a long list of developers, including Criterion Games, Eden Studios, EA Black Box, and Ghost Games. The last game in the main series was the 2015 reboot Need for Speed.

The series even received a movie adaptation with Need for Speed in March of 2014, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul along with Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi.

5. You Can Play It Early

Need for Speed Payback Key Art


Members of EA Access and Origin Access can play up to 10 hours of the game starting November 2, 2017 with the EA Access and Origin Access Play First Trial. People who buy the Deluxe Edition get up to three days of early access to the full game starting November 7 along with extra customization items and other items. EA Access and Origin Access members also receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase the digital version of the game.

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