EA has announced
its next major update for Need for Speed
Payback, which is scheduled to release on Tuesday, February 13th. The
update introduces an eagerly-awaited online freeroam
mode to the game, officially dubbed as ‘Alldrive: Hangouts.’
New Catch-up Packs are also being introduced to the Tune-up Shop,
as well as new colour variations for Underglow and Tire Smoke. In addition,
there’s also been improvements made to the Snapshot Pro camera mode for this week’s
update, as well as a few other changes. Let’s dive into it.
Alldrive: Hangouts finally introduces an online freeroam
experience to Need for Speed Payback. Explore Fortune
Valley alongside your friends and other members in the Need for Speed
community as you show off your cars and socialize in its vast open-world environment.
You’ll also be able to set up impromptu car meets with your
friends, capture Snapshots with your crew to share on social media, and of
course, it’s a place for you and your friends to cruise the streets and
off-road environments together. This is the first phase of ‘Alldrive’ for Need
for Speed Payback, so expect some new additions and features added in the
Catch-up Packs will allow you to upgrade your favourite
rides even quicker in Need for Speed Payback, speeding up the progression of
your cars so you can take it from stock to top-tier much faster. There will
also be different types of packs available from the Tune-up Shop, with three
distinct options presented for your choosing: Level 6, Level 11, and Level 16.
Each of these packs will be unlocked once you’ve reached a
certain part in the campaign:
Each of the Catch-up Packs can also be purchased with
in-game Bank, and will cost:
Overall, these Catch-up Packs will allow you to upgrade the
performance side of your car much faster and decreases the reliance on the
luck-based slot machine and the actual availability of desired parts from the Tune-up
This should make progressing through the campaign and its
street league race events much quicker and easier than before, without the need
of replaying already-completed events, unless you need additional Bank.
New variations of both the Underglow and Tire Smoke vanity
customization options are coming to Need for Speed Payback. These new additions
will be included amongst the already existing options available in Base
Shipments and Premium Shipments.
Available for both Underglow and Tire Smoke will be the
following: Steel Blue, Candy Pink, Cyan, Coral, and Gold.
To help improve inventory management in Need for Speed
Payback, Ghost Games are adding the option to sell or trade-in all currently unequipped
Speed Cards. Simply highlight a part category and you’ll be given the ability
to sell or trade-in all the unequipped cards within that category.
By selling unequipped cards, you’ll receive back in-game Bank
to spend on new cars and upgrades. If you opt for the trade-in option, you’ll receive
new cards to spend on the slot machine in the hope you receive a unique, powerful
In addition to all the new features and changes mentioned
above, Ghost Games have also made some improvements to the Snapshot Pro camera
mode in Need for Speed Payback. For example, you can now take Snapshots while
in a takedown sequence.
Alongside this, the camera can now move a further distance
away from the car, giving you a little more freedom to take the shot you
desire. Ghost has also made “minor tweaks” to the sensitivity, making overall movement
across bigger distances a little faster.
Objects in the background also have their quality level
increased when entering photo mode, which will result in higher quality
Snapshot photos. The option to toggle dirt on or off has also been added, as
well as some new filter options, including: Cool, Warm, Grunge, Vintage,
Desaturated, Lo-Fi, Vivid Retro, Infra Zone, and Monochrome Monitor.
Ghost Games also confirmed that its Snapshot Pro mode will be
usable within online freeroam when enjoying Alldrive: Hangouts. Now you’ll be
able to capture those impromptu car meets and take some wicked group photos
with you and your friends in your customized rides.
Finally, the team at Ghost Games have also made “some
adjustments” to the front menu when logging into Need for Speed Payback. The
developer says these are “nothing major, just small quality of life
improvements to help you stay up to date with Need for Speed and to get into
your chosen area (campaign or multiplayer) much quicker.”
Staying up to date with Need for Speed Payback much easier
and getting into my favourite game modes much quicker? Sounds good to me! It’s
also worth noting that this update features an array of bug fixes, which will
be detailed by Ghost Games in their official patch notes once the update goes
live on February 13th.
Overall, this is an excellent update for Need for Speed Payback,
bringing with it some much-needed improvements to keep the overall gameplay
experience fresh and more exciting than it was. The improved Snapshot Pro should
hopefully mean higher quality photography in the game than ever before, whilst
the Alldrive: Hangouts mode will allow us to finally explore Fortune Valley
with our friends in our customized cars of choice.
With this latest update, it’s worth noting the next Abandoned
Car will arrive into Need for Speed Payback later this week. In fact, it’ll be
added on Wednesday after tomorrow’s update rolls out to all players. This week’s
hidden car will be the long-awaited Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR, but for now, make
sure you don’t miss out the Mazda RX-7
hidden towards Silver Canyon. You can also unlock 5 Premium
Shipments this week by simply playing the game if you have EA Access or
So, there you have it. Alldrive: Hangouts is less than 24
hours away in Need for Speed Payback as I write this. Get your cars customized,
upgraded, tuned, and painted, as this is sure to be a wild ride across Fortune
Valley. The ‘Alldrive February 2018 Update,’ as it’s officially called, will
begin rolling out tomorrow, on Tuesday, February 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation
4, and PC.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.