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Need for Speed: Payback is the upcoming twenty-third game in the Need for Speed series currently in development at Ghost Games and is set for worldwide release on November 10, 2017 by publisher Electronic Arts.

It will be made available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as offering an improved visual experience on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.[1]

The name of the 2017 game was revealed on June 2, 2017 with a trailer showcasing the location, high-concept of the plot, and multiple vehicles that will appear in the game. A Deluxe Edition was also announced at the end of the trailer.

Numerous teasers were released leading up to the game's reveal on June 2, 2017 such as an initial reveal of the game's setting with an Under the Hood article and multiple tweeted images leading up to June 2nd.

An in depth look at the game was shown at Electronic Arts' EA Play event in Hollywood, Los Angeles on June 10, 2017. A gameplay trailer of a mission, in which Tyler and Jess steal a Koenigsegg Regera from the back of a semi trailer, was shown with a small amount of customisation features were demonstrated at a later point in the show.

Plot

The single player campaign follows Tyler Morgan, a former street racer and exile looking for revenge. He's double crossed and must build a crew towards winning an impossible race whilst trying to bring down a cartel, The House, that has their presence across the city's casinos, criminals, and law enforcement.

Players take on the role of three characters across the single player campaign;

  • Tyler Morgan - An aspiring street racer.
  • Mac - An extremely style focused driver.
  • Jess - The professional driver and wheelman for hire.

Each have their own quests towards bringing down The House.

Gameplay

Taking place in the fictional Fortune Valley, players can purchase new cars or rebuild abandoned shells, and can customise their vehicles with aftermarket parts they either win or buy. They can use those rides to participate in races, missions, activities, and SpeedLists.

Split into two modes; single player and multiplayer, players earn rewards for driving with style and excessive speed. Offering a risk and reward design, earning rep goes towards rewards with long strings of driving maneuvers offering multipliers called Heaters. Challenges also offer opportunities to earn bank, but also raise the stakes in races.

Events

The event types available are offered to each of the three characters including different events and missions towards their quest line. Some missions will include all three characters.

  • Race events with Tyler.
  • Transporting VIPs and packages with Jess.
  • Drifting and off-road events with Mac.

Pursuits

Police will intervene and pursue the player through a series of Heat Levels. Each Heat Level will introduce additional police presence, apprehension tactics, and equipment such as roadblocks, spikestrips, helicopters, and Rhinos units.

Cars

Derelicts

Derelicts are abandoned cars that can be restored to stock form, and them improved upon through customisation.

The House

Police

Traffic

Car Classes

Vehicles are categorised into specific car classes that can be modified through customisation, known as Super Builds, that can specialise in specific mission types;

  • Race - High speed racing.
  • Off-road - Designed to go cross country.
  • Drift - Sideways powersliding.
  • Drag - A quarter-mile in under 10 seconds.
  • Runner - Stealth, dodging cops, and threading through traffic.

Customisation

Customisation allows for any owned cars to be altered and personalised to a player's taste. Various visual aftermarket components, performance parts, paint schemes, vinyls, and stance can be equipped or manipulated to craft a unique vehicle.

Paint & Wrap Library

  • Paint and Wrap Library
    • Presets
    • Community
    • My Wraps
  • Paint
    • Body Colour
  • Remove Paint and Wrap

Visual Customisation

Multiple visual components of a car can be replaced or adjusted with a selection of alternative trim, aftermarket, and fictional parts.

  • Brake Discs
  • Calipers
  • Diffuser
  • Exhaust
  • Fenders
  • Front Bumper
  • Front Canards
  • Headlights
  • Hood
  • Licence Plate Background
  • Licence Plate Frame
  • Licence Plate Text
  • Nitrous Colour
  • Rear Bumper
  • Rear Canards
  • Rims
  • Rim Primary Colour
  • Rim Secondary Colour
  • Rim Size
  • Roof
  • Roof Light Bar
  • Side Skirts
  • Splitter
  • Spoiler
  • Tail Lights
  • Trunk Lid
  • Tyres
  • Tyre Smoke Colour
  • Wheelie Bar
  • Window Tint
  • Wing Mirrors

Stance

The Stance of a vehicle can be manipulated through various elements of a vehicle's suspension setup in the garage with a Tune Stance option.

  • Camber - Front (Less or More)
  • Camber - Rear (Less or More)
  • Height (Less or More)
  • Rake (Less or More)
  • Track Width - Front (Less or More)
  • Track Width - Rear (Less or More)

Performance

Performance Parts can be equipped to improve the capabilities of a vehicle, and some can be chosen over others to push a vehicle towards a specific setup or set of driving requirements.

Tuning

Performance Tuning can be accessed whilst in free roam and allows for fine-tuning of a vehicle's performance or driving characteristics.

Fortune Valley

Fortune Valley is a fictional region based on Las Vegas, Nevada. The area consists of the glamorous Silver Rock City, the arid Liberty Desert, the peaks of Mount Providence, and the deadly drops of Silver Canyon.

Development

Initial Reveal

The 2017 game was first revealed to be in development on May 10, 2016 with the release of Under The Hood #7: Taking Stock[5] on the official Need for Speed website.

The special announcement highlighted the SpeedLists update would be the last free content update for Need for Speed (2015), and the community's feedback towards the 2015 game would be taken in towards the development of the 2017 game.

We are now building upon the foundations that have been laid with Need for Speed and delivering our next game in 2017.
That’s not to say that we’re going quiet between now and then... far from it. We'll be working with our community and there will be multiple opportunities to bring many of you into the studio in the coming months to get your feedback on where we're headed.
— Ghost Games

EA Play 2016

It was announced on January 27, 2016 that Electronic Arts would not be attending E3 2016 in favour of hosting their own EA Play conference[6]. On June 9, 2016, Electronic Arts' Global Content and Community Manager, Ben Walke, tweeted that no games in development at Ghost Games were set to be announced during the conference[7]

Job Positions

A Narrative Writer position was listed on the jobs section of Ghost Games' website for their studio in Guildford, England. The position listed a role encompassing character development, writing scripts for performance sessions, and would be beneficial to have a knowledge of car culture.[8]

Need for Speed: Arena Trademark

On November 7, 2016, a trademark for Need for Speed: Arena was published for ownership by Electronic Arts[9]. The trademark application was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) with a 9 and 14 Nice classification, covering the usage of the term for a computer game software and an online entertainment service respectively.[10]

EA Quarterly Earnings Call

Electronics Arts' quarterly earnings call for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was held on January 31, 2017. During the call, a rundown of Electronic Arts' previous quarter was discussed, and hinted at the 23rd Need for Speed game.
We’re also excited to have a new Need for Speed title launching in FY18. We’ve given this game an extended development cycle to focus on innovation, and the Need for Speed team is pushing the boundaries of action driving with what we believe is the most exciting and best-looking Need for Speed game we’ve ever produced.
— Andrew Wilson - EA ECO

The fiscal 2018 release target places the launch of Need for Speed (2017) between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.[11] Andrew Wilson also mentioned that, according to Polygon, the game will be ambitious with a competitive online focus.[12]

EA Play 2017

On March 23, 2017, an official Electronic Arts blog post was published dating the availability of tickets for the show, and that Need for Speed will be playable for participants.
From June 10 - 12, players joining us in Hollywood will get hands on with the next Star Wars™ Battlefront and Need for Speed™ experiences. You'll also get your first chance to play many of our upcoming EA SPORTS™ titles: Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18 and NBA LIVE 18. This isn't all, by the way...and we'll have more to share in the coming months.
— ea.com[13]

Under The Hood

A tease for Need for Speed (2017) was shown in an Under the Hood segment published on the official Need for Speed website on May 9, 2017. It was titled "Need for Speed 2017: Paying It Back"[14].

The post highlighted Ghost Games' continued passion for the Need for Speed series, and that they feel "honoured and privileged" to be developing the next game for the fans of the series, which will be released before the end of the 2017 calendar year.

By now many of you will have heard the talk that a new game is in development here at Ghost Games. We’re happy to announce that by the end of 2017 you will be playing a new Need for Speed game.
We’ll have a lot more details to share as we get closer to EA PLAY in June. In the meantime, we can share a few details about various aspects of Need for Speed, what they mean to you, to us as developers, and to the franchise as a whole.
— Ghost Games

In the opening section of the post, the article states that Ghost Games has been surprised by the amount of feedback received from the Need for Speed community following the release of Need for Speed (2015).

Customisation is described as having a strong role within the game and beyond its release. Police are also noted to be pursuing racers during street races and the presence of Rhino units.

Rest assured that we’re committed to customization having a home within the Need for Speed series. It’s not going away and it will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond.

Cops in pursuit, racers up ahead and then out of nowhere BAM! They bring a Rhino to a street race.
— Ghost Games

The environment in which the game will take place is depicted with a teaser image that was part of the article. It shows a Motel sign flickering near a red rock cliff with a setting sun casting through a clouded sky, and a Nissan 350Z parked against a chain link fence adjacent to a field of tall grass.

Another sign below the flashing Motel sign has the date June 2nd written across it. June 2, 2017 is eight days ahead of Electronic Art's EA Play event in Los Angeles, which will feature Need for Speed (2017) playable on the show floor.

Its setting is characterised as a beautiful location that offers space for both tarmac and offroad gameplay, with the option to take customised cars to events along a canyon setting or take jumps to avoid police attention.

Whether you’re checking out your freshly customized ride or smoking the competition in an event up in the canyons, you’re going to want a world that not only looks beautiful, but offers you the space in which to do the things you want. We’re dialing up the action and allowing you to tear up the tarmac, and dirt, to your heart's content.
Burn rubber as you throw a car around a corner sideways and floor it as you hit an epic jump away from the cops. We’re building the world, but what you do in it is the aspect that excites us most.
— Ghost Games

The article ends by stating that the game will feature a single player experience that can be played offline and can also be paused.

So, when release day rolls around for the next Need for Speed, you will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline. Before you ask, and we know you will, this does mean you will be able to pause the game.
— Ghost Games

Twitter Teases

NFS2017 Teaser1
NFS2017 Teaser2
On May 30, 2017, the official Need for Speed Twitter account tweeted an image showing a bright white mist.
Let's get this party started shall we?
— @NeedforSpeed[15]

Adjusting the levels of the image reveals a few skyscrapers and a tower poking up from the base of the image. The buildings that appear in the image bear a resemblance to the Las Vegas skyline.

NFS2017 Teaser3
NFS2017 Teaser4
On May 31, 2017, the official Need for Speed Twitter account tweeted a second image showing a car engulfed in a bright white mist.
Excuse our smoke
— @NeedforSpeed[16]

Adjusting the levels of the image reveals the same few skyscrapers and a tower from the image tweeted a day prior, but positions them as a background to a modified Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) performing a donut in the foreground.

NFS2017 Teaser5
On June 1, 2017, a third image was released including the previous two images of a city skyline and a Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) alongside the release time of the game's reveal.
Be there, you don't want to miss it http://bit.ly/2qK1G25
— @NeedforSpeed[17]

The image highlighted the game's full reveal across multiple time zones at 06:00 in Los Angeles, USA; 14:00 in London, United Kingdom; and 23:00 in Sydney, Australia. It also included a link to the official Need for Speed Youtube channel.

Videos

References

  1. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2017-xbox-one-xps4-pro-support-for-need-for-spe/1100-6450732/ Gamespot: Xbox One X/PS4 Pro Support For Need For Speed Payback Confirmed
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVK73OjAvIr/ Instagram: @needforspeed - Aston Martin DB11
  3. File:NFSPB - PS4 Gameplay Demo Youtube: PlayStation Live E3 2017 | Day 2
  4. File:NFSPB - PS4 Gameplay Demo Youtube: PlayStation Live E3 2017 | Day 2
  5. http://www.needforspeed.com/en_GB/news/under-the-hood-7 Ghost Games: Under The Hood #7: Taking Stock
  6. http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/27/10842598/electronic-arts-e3-2016-booth-press-conference-ea-play Polygon: Electronic Arts leaves E3 2016
  7. https://twitter.com/BenWalke/status/740846801754947586 Twitter: Ben Walke @BenWalke
  8. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://ghostgames.com/jobs/writer/ Ghost Games: Narrative Writer position
  9. http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/ea-registered-trademark-need-speed-arena/ Attack of the Fanboy: EA Has Registered A Trademark For “Need For Speed Arena”
  10. https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/trademarks/016009565 EUIPO: Need for Speed: Arena trademark
  11. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/02/01/ea-confirms-new-need-for-speed-will-be-out-in-next-fiscal-year IGN: EA confirms new Need for Speed will be out in the next fiscal year
  12. http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/31/14461472/new-need-for-speed-game Polygon: New Need for Speed game
  13. https://www.ea.com/news/ea-play-tickets-coming-soon EA: EA Play Tickets Coming Soon
  14. https://www.needforspeed.com/en_GB/news/nfs-2017-paying-it-back needforspeed.com: Need for Speed 2017: Paying It back
  15. https://twitter.com/NeedforSpeed/status/869561553074442242 @NeedforSpeed: Let's get this party started shall we?
  16. https://twitter.com/NeedforSpeed/status/869916397811400706 @NeedforSpeed: Excuse our smoke
  17. https://twitter.com/NeedforSpeed/status/870292141561585665 @NeedforSpeed: Be there, you don't want to miss it

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