Need for Speed is returning this year, and this time it’s taking clear inspiration from the mega-successful The Fast and the Furious film franchise. Need for Speed Payback is all about a single-player campaign that features a crew of affable criminals that tear across the fictional city of Fortune Valley orchestrating heists and races to take down worse criminals.
“Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, you and your crew are reunited by a search for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals, and cops.”
Polygon reports that Need for Speed Payback will let players control three different characters:
- Tyler, the Racer
- Mac, the Showman
- Jess, the Wheelman
We assume that, naturally, the type of driving you’ll do will be dictated by the character/role you’re playing at the time. Our mind immediately jumps to swapping mid-mission between drivers in a style similar to Grand Theft Auto V, but whether any of that will be implemented is unclear. It’s something we’d love to see, as that team dynamic is one of the elements that helped catapult The Fast and Furious movies to the top of the box office year after year, and it would be a treat to engage with that during active gameplay.
We know that an open world system and car customization are confirmed to return, but information about Payback‘s multiplayer suite is currently unknown. Chances are EA will talk more about that on stage at their E3 press conference next week, so stay tuned.
As obvious as the choice may be, taking inspiration from everyone’s favorite racing family is a fantastic idea for Need for Speed Payback, and with what seems to be a lengthy campaign, this could be the one that sticks. Bear in mind, however, the fine print at the end of the trailer stipulating that what we’re seeing is ‘representative of game experience.’ This is early capture, so by the time its launch rolls around the game could look different.
The game is set for release November 10, 2017.
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