Need for Speed Payback has a substantial
update coming next month introducing a bunch of new cars, features and
improvements based on fan-feedback. It’s been a while since we’ve had an update
on the latest open-world racer from Ghost Games, with the last patch
in March introducing new vehicles and activities to enjoy in the game’s online
In the June update, Ghost Games say it has “fine-tuned Need
for Speed Payback with tons of great suggestions from the community.” This
includes a major boost for every car that allows them to reach Level 399, improvements
to Speedlists, customizable quick races in freeroam, and more. The update drops
on June 19th, 2018, so there’s a three-week wait before we’ll be able to get
hands-on with it.
Regardless of the waiting period, there’s a lot of new
features and content coming that should please fans who are still enjoying Need
for Speed Payback. Let’s take a closer look at the June Update.
AllDrive was added
to Need for Speed Payback in February to suffice for the game’s lack of an
online freeroam mode at launch. Initially, it was a barebones experience. You
could explore the map with your friends, buy and customize cars, and organize
car meets. In March, the team added its Forza Horizon 3-inspired stunt activities
to AllDrive, including Drift Zones, Speed Runs, Speed Traps, and Jumps.
With the June Update, players will be able to beat their
friends, anytime, anywhere by creating their own races in AllDrive and inviting
everyone in their Hangout session to join them. Simply select a destination to
race to, send an invite to other players in your game server, and be the first
to drive across the finish line.
In addition to the ability to race with your friends in AllDrive,
the June Update will also introduce a Chat Wheel to freeroam. Ghost Games says
it has recognized all the creative ways the community tries to communicate with
each other in the AllDrive mode – and now it wants to make that experience even
The Chat Wheel offers a selection of different emotes and
choosing one will see it appear above your car for other racers to see – or as an
indicator on a friend’s screen, if they’re not looking at your ride. Now you’ll
be able to tell everyone else in the AllDrive session how you feel with ease.
Don’t like someone’s choice of livery? Tell them about it! Perhaps you dig
their car choice? Let them know!
In its last update, Need for Speed Payback introduced Eddie’s
Skyline – the first car that made the jump from Level 299 to 399. With this upcoming
patch, all cars will be able to reach a maximum level of 399 – up from the
current level cap of 299, allowing these cars to be equipped with parts from
Level 13-18. This has been one of the most requested changes from players, and
in June, it will finally become a reality.
In addition, three new cars are also being added to Need for
Speed Payback on June 19th. These include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio,
the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. These
will be acquired in the form of paid downloadable content as a standalone
purchase, but the exact pricing has yet to be revealed.
New Abandoned Cars are coming to Need for Speed Payback in
the form of all 10 Street League boss vehicles. Plus, there’s also some “iconic
Need for Speed rides” being added as well. Based on fan-feedback, Ghost Games
will be dropping one car per week into the deserted parts of Fortune Valley
from June 19th, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled following the release of
the next update!
Stay tuned to the official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages of Need for
Speed to remain updated with these new Abandoned Cars as they’re added. Keep in
mind the cadence of these cars may change during some periods but expect a new
car to be cycled in on a weekly basis once the update drops. As usual, you’ll need
to figure out where it’s hidden – but that’s where social media comes into play!
One of the most frustrating experiences when racing online is
that initial crash at the start of a race. If you manage to escape it with ease,
there’s a good chance you’ll be emerging victorious. However, if you’re smashed
out in those first few seconds, prepare to be at the back of the pack as you
try to work your way towards not finishing last!
Ghost Games believes it has discovered a solution to this problem,
and going forward, the collision detection system will now be suspended for the
first 10 seconds of Speedlist races – so you can break away from the pack
before the carnage starts. An excellent addition for those who would like to
race competitively with ease without the worry of that turn one mayhem.
Those who’d prefer an even more immersive Need for Speed Payback
experience without all the maps and stats in their face will be happy by the
addition of a ‘Toggle UI’ button.
The switch can be toggled between ‘On’ and ‘Off’ whenever you desire, allowing you to immerse yourself even further into the world of Fortune Valley.
Ghost Games are also introducing a selection of new Vanity
Items in its June 2018 content update for Need for Speed Payback. These include
Cop Car Sirens – and there will be a selection of four different sirens to
choose from. There’s also “a huge variety” of Multi-colour Underglow being
introduced, each with different rarity levels. You can only imagine how perfect
it’ll be to combine those sirens with a red-and-blue Underglow before launching
into a high-speed chase.
In addition, 24 new, unique rims are being introduced to Need
for Speed Payback with eight each from 3SDM, fifteen52, and HRE Performance
Finally, the wrap limit will be increased from 50 to 100
slots in the June Update, allowing you to create even more designs or download
and save liveries made by the community. Customize the look of your cars with
even more freedom using the community-curated designs you know and love.
Overall, the June Update for Need for Speed Payback is
shaping up to address many of the concerns and criticisms of the game from fans
by not only adding new content for them to enjoy, but also new features that
enhance the overall experience to make it even better.
Don’t forget to download
it on June 19th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. That’s after E3
2018 and EA PLAY, so who knows, perhaps Ghost Games has some additional
surprises in store for Need for Speed fans over the coming weeks. Only time
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.