Need for Speed Payback, the 23rd game in the Need for Speed franchise, releases today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (Origin). It’s developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts.

“Two years ago, we reinvigorated the franchise by listening to what our fans wanted and built a game that returned to the Need for Speed core tenets – fast cars, deep customization, and epic cop chases. With Need for Speed Payback, we’ve raised the bar by adding Hollywood-style, adrenaline-fueled action, a huge open world, even more customization options, and a narrative that drives gameplay forward,” said Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson. “We’re excited to deliver a new driving experience that not only delivers everything our players love about the series but also pushes the boundaries of what they’ve come to expect from the genre.”

Need for Speed Payback boasts the biggest open world in franchise history. The story features three different playable characters: Tyler the Racer, Mac the Showman, and Jess the Wheelman. They complete missions and races on their way to gaining revenge against a cartel called The House. Cue House Always Wins jokes.

A Deluxe Edition of Need for Speed Payback includes the following content:

  • Story Mission Pack
  • Exclusive Deluxe Edition NOS Color (Can be applied to 5 cars)
  • Exclusive Deluxe Edition License Plate
  • Exclusive Deluxe Edition Leaderboard Icon
  • 5 Shipments
  • 5% Rep Bonus
  • 10% Discount on in-game purchases
  • Platinum Car Pack, which includes:
    • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
    • Dodge Charger R/T 1969
    • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
    • Nissan 350Z 2008
    • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016
    • Exclusive Platinum Blue Underglow & Tire Smoke Vanity Items

Need for Speed Payback is rated T for Teen. It’s available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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