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Updates to Need for Speed: Payback have included both client-side and server-side alterations. Major updates have also added new content, cars, and event types.

2018

July 4, 2018

A small update was released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases to fix a few minor issues.[1]

June 19, 2018 (June Update)

NFSPB Update June2018
The June Update was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on June 19, 2018.[2]


March 20, 2018 (March Update)

NFSPB Update March2018
The March Update was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on March 20, 2018.[3]


February 22, 2018

A server side fix was made[4] for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback to correct Speedwalls not displaying results.

February 13, 2018 (February Update)

NFSPB Update Hangout
The February Update was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on February 13, 2018.[5]


2017

December 20, 2017 (Speedlists Update)

Server side alterations were made[6] for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback;

Performance Based Matchmaking Fixes

  • Starter cars will only be paired up with other cars in the 100-175 Performance Level range.
  • Mid level cars will be only paired up with other cars of +/- 75 Performance Level.
  • Maxed out cars will only be paired up with cars within the 324-399 Performance Level range.
  • If no players are found on servers within these ranges, the active player will be placed on a new server.
  • Important note: When matchmaking players, the average Performance Level of the entire loadout is used.

Speedlist Skill Ranking Fixes

  • Players will no longer drop excessively in the ranks when losing.
  • The top 50% of players will increase in rank (with the 1st player gaining the most and others gradually gaining less).
  • The bottom 50% of players will decrease in rank (with the last player losing the most rank points and the others gradually losing less).
  • Important note: Players ranks are calculated based on individual event performance, not the overall Speedlists results.

Other Improvements

  • High Performance Level loaner cars now available in Speedlists (these cars can be used to get a feel for all levels of play, but cannot be upgraded or customized).
  • Runner cars can now be used in the Race loadout slot, to counter crash happy players.

December 19, 2017 (December Update)

NFSPB Update-Speedcross

The December Update was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on December 19, 2017[7]

November 23, 2017 (Progression Update)

The Progression Update was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on November 23, 2017[8];

  • Tune-up shops now stock higher quality parts.
  • Improved quality of Speed Cards from targeted rolls in the Tune-up Shops.
  • Increased the level on parts awarded from winning events.
  • Multiple fixes to improve stability.
  • Improved game performance.

November 17, 2017

A server side alteration was made[9] for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback;

  • Increased the amount of REP awarded by taking part in events.
  • Increased the amount of Bank awarded by taking part in events.
  • Bait crates now reward increased REP.
  • Bait crates now reward increased Bank.
  • Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased REP.
  • Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased Bank.
  • Air Suspension will now appear more frequently within Shipments.
  • Slightly increased REP and Bank for finishing an event outside of first place.

November 16, 2017

A server side alteration was made[10] for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback;

  • Placing first in a Speedlist event will always reward a performance part.
  • Placing any other position besides first in a Speedlist event has a 50% chance of dropping a performance part.

November 13, 2017

A server side alteration was made[11] for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback;

  • Ranked Speedlists will begin with four players instead of six to help smooth out the multiplayer experience.

November 10, 2017

Two server side alterations were made for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback;

  • The refresh time of performance parts available to purchase was reduced from 30 minutes to 10 minutes[12].
  • Corrected an issue that caused Speedlists to fail to start[13].

November 9, 2017

A hotfix was applied to the PlayStation 4 release of Need for Speed: Payback on November 9, 2017.

November 6, 2017 (Patch 01)

NFSPB Update Patch01

Patch 01 was applied to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of Need for Speed: Payback on November 6, 2017[14].

References

  1. Twitter: @NeedforSpeed (2018) "Just a heads up, we are currently rolling out a small update to include minor fixes." Available at: https://twitter.com/NeedforSpeed/status/1014419814578827264
  2. Website: needforspeed.com (2018) Need for Speed Payback June 2018 Update. Available at: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/june-2018-update
  3. Website: needforspeed.com (2018) Need for Speed Payback March 2018 Update. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/march-2018-update
  4. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Speedwalls not displaying results /. Fixed. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7ze3wl/speedwalls_not_displaying_results_fixed/
  5. Website: needforspeed.com (2018) Need for Speed Payback Alldrive February 2018 Update. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/february-2018-update
  6. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Speedlists update - 20/12/17. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7l1ptw/speedlists_update_201217/
  7. Website: needforspeed.com (2017) December Patch Notes - Need for Speed: Payback. Available at: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/nfs-payback-dec-patch-notes
  8. Website: needforspeed.com (2017) Under the Hood - Need for Speed Progression Update. Available at: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/nfs-payback-progression-update-patch
  9. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Progression Updates Rolling Out. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7dmi59/progression_updates_rolling_out/
  10. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Speedlists - Increased Part Reward Rate. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7ddirf/speedlists_increased_part_reward_rate/
  11. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Ranked Speedlist Update. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7cob32/ranked_speedlist_update/
  12. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Part Shops - Now in Stock. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7c2r1s/part_shops_now_in_stock/
  13. Website: reddit.com/r/needforspeed (2017) Multiplayer Speedlists Fix. Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/needforspeed/comments/7c3cdl/multiplayer_speedlists_fix/
  14. Website: needforspeed.com (2017) Patch 01 Notes. Available at: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/news/nfs-payback-patch-01-notes