If there’s one thing Need for Speed Payback lacked when it launched last November, it was replayability after beating the main storyline. Sure, the open-world is vast and epic, the cars are insanely customizable and feel awesome to drive, and the number of collectables on offer is immense, but it wasn’t enough to keep most players engaged. Whilst Speedlists allowed for some fun open-world racing action, the ability to explore the vast region of Fortune Valley with your friends wasn’t possible due to the lack of Online Freeroam in the game.
However, all that is about to change in 2018, as developer Ghost Games has confirmed that Online Freeroam is making a comeback to Need for Speed as a free update later this year. The studio didn’t provide any exact details – they just confirmed it’s coming in a tweet shared on Twitter to celebrate the New Year. A screenshot of two customized cars and fireworks in the background was also shared, likely teasing fans of what they can expect from the mode. The feature is still being worked on, but once it's locked down, Ghost Games will reveal a date.
Online Free Roam coming 2018, Happy New Year from everyone at Need for Speed! 🎆 pic.twitter.com/Ht8cRsvQQA— Need for Speed (@NeedforSpeed) January 1, 2018
Online Free Roam coming 2018, Happy New Year from everyone at Need for Speed! 🎆 pic.twitter.com/Ht8cRsvQQA
Technically, there is a way you can roam the open-world of Need for Speed Payback with your friends, albeit limitations. Before an event begins in Speedlists, you can roam the world with your mates, and whilst you can’t initiate any events until additional players join to begin the current Speedlist, it’s nice to drive across Payback’s incredible roads with your friends in customized race, drift, and offroad cars. Soon enough, it’ll become a lot easier, and hopefully, feature-rich. Let's hope cops and additional race events are also included for Online Freeroam, and added to single-player as well.
Need for Speed Payback is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and takes advantage of the new Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro with 4K resolution support. With the addition of Online Freeroam on the horizon, it won’t be long until we return to the gambler’s paradise of Fortune Valley in Ghost Games’ overall excellent story-driven open-world racing game.
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