Need for Speed Payback shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon! Ghost Games just dropped a megaton of brand-new information about their upcoming open-world racer that dives into the world of Fortune Valley in Need for Speed Payback!
We have a lot to talk about here, but first and foremost we have the new ‘Welcome to Fortune Valley’ trailer available for your viewing pleasure, which has a voiceover talking about different aspects of the open-world. If you want to see that trailer in full, it can be found below! Otherwise, in this article, we’ll be walking through everything you need to know about the fully explorable open-world of Need for Speed Payback.
Your journey in Need for Speed Payback will take you through mountains, canyons, desert, and of course, a main city. Each of these zones has its own name, along with landmarks, events, collectables, and everything else you come to expect in the biggest open-world ever seen in a Need for Speed game.
This is the map of Need for Speed Payback, and as you can see, it’s huge! To the south east is the city of Silver Rock – Need for Speed Payback’s own take on Las Vegas. So obviously, it’s a mixture of grit and glamour, and players will find this as they explore the city. The jewel crown of it however is the Billionaire’s Row, where money is everywhere and as Ghost Games says, “the streets may as well be paved with gold and the sky made of silver,” making it the perfect place to cruise around in your super car.
On the other end of the spectrum is Boomville, which swaps the glitz and glamour of Billionaire’s Row for an area known for its industrial output. What it lacks in style, however, is made up for in racing potential. Think of racing through some industrial suburbs to end the night with a bang. Ghost noted a few other points of interest here, which include ‘The Rustway,’ ‘Ark Tower Construction Site,’ – which boasts the tallest structure in the city, ‘Lakeside,’ ‘The Barrio,’ and ‘Carville International Airport.’
To the west of Silver Rock City is Liberty Desert, and whilst you can drive through it, you can also drive over it using crazy off-road vehicles making their Need for Speed debut in Payback.
This is a place where we’ll be spending a lot of time in the game – particularly at Airfield 73. Not only is your first garage located here, but this old desert airstrip is a remnant of a bygone age. However, there’s no planes landing or taking off from here, so the only thing that will be flying through the air is you.
To the south of Liberty Desert is Las Almas church, or rather, what’s left of it. Desolate and forgotten, it is said that you can hear the souls of a thousand broken down vehicles on the wind. Doesn’t sound like the prettiest of places if you ask me, and perhaps it’ll be a little haunted. You know, Ghosts in Need for Speed Payback, which is developed by Ghost Games… Illuminati confirmed.
The points of interest to note for Liberty Desert include the aforementioned ‘Airfield 73’ and ‘Las Almas Church,’ as well as the ‘Fortune Valley Railway Station’ and ‘Fortune Valley Solar Project.’
Situated in the west of Fortune Valley is Mount Providence, a place perfect for those who enjoy the tranquil surroundings of nature. It also promises some of the best mountain roads out there. The skies the limit, or will be if you drift your way up to Marshall Observatory. Spend some time to enjoy the night sky before drifting all the way back down during sunrise.
Mount Providence also offers the combination of cars and tunnels to make any automobile enthusiast happy as your put your foot to the pedal and experience your engine reverberate around the inner confines of the Cohen Tunnel. Ghost Games does warn not to make a mistake however. It sounds like if you do, you’ll end up slamming straight into traffic – or perhaps something even worse!
Then we have the town of Braxton, a place that offers everything Need for Speed, well, isn’t. It’s quiet, sleepy and very slow moving. This is a place where time stands still, and whilst you can be quiet to not disturb the neighbours, where’s the fun in that? Go loud, very loud and fast!
To the south of Mount Providence is Franklin Dome. Here’s the words of protagonist Tyler Morgan when it comes to this place: “I’d rather climb the face of Everest in my underpants than drive Franklin Dome roads without brakes.” Guess we’ll see you at the top?
Meanwhile, some points of interest for Mount Providence include the ‘Marshall Observatory,’ ‘Diamond Peak,’ ‘Cohen Tunnel,’ ‘Fortune Valley Resort & Casino,’ ‘Soledad Church,’ ‘Mount Graint,’ ‘Braxton,’ and ‘Newhaven Cabins.’
Silver Canyon is the last of the four main districts found in Need for Speed Payback, and is located in the north of Fortune Valley and runs all the way from the northern most tip of Silver Rock city, and cradles the eastern and northern sides of Liberty Desert.
Whilst the Silver Dam may hold back the water from flooding the city, it certainly doesn’t hold back the gas pedal. Blast your way over this monument of human engineering, or pull up and take a snapshot, the choice is yours. I’m sure this will become a fan-favourite place for photographers and car meetups!
If heights are more your thing, reach the top of the world and bask in the heat from Ember Peak. Look down upon the world, smile, and go make it your playground. Sounds really cool if I do say so.
The points of interest for Silver Canyon include the ‘Silver Casino Lodge,’ ‘Silver Dam,’ ‘Ember Peak,’ and ‘Ember Valley Visitor’s Center.’
And there you have it. Welcome to Fortune Valley, where the stakes are always high.
So, what exactly can do in this open-world you might be asking yourself? Plenty, in fact! There’s tons of race events scattered throughout the map, as well as Drift Zones – which are uphill and downhill and take you to the mountains, and you score points in these for simply drifting. The Speed Traps in the canyons will see you putting your foot to the floor for the fastest speed possible, while Bait Crates attracts the cops as you must escape from their pursuit before they take you down.
You’ll also find Dealerships located across Fortune Valley where you can acquire new rides, as well as Tune-up Shops where your new ride can be upgraded and transformed into a real masterpiece. You can also acquire new Garages if you need more space for your rides.
Furthermore, the new Fortune Valley trailer reveals two new racing clubs – Riot Club and League 73. The former focus on drag race events, whilst the latter dominate in off-road races. There’s also the 1% Club that’s all about supercars and racing leagues. Derelicts are also showcased in the video. These are hidden chassis of cars located throughout the open-world and by collecting these priceless jewels of automotive history and their associated parts, you can assemble a rare collection of customizable rides in your garage.
In addition, several new cars were spotted in the trailer, including the Lamborghini Huracan, Corvette Z06, Audi R8 V10 Plus, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Subaru BRZ, and more! You can find the full list of spotted cars in a story from The
One last note to mention, we also have the full Achievements and Trophy List for Need for Speed Payback! A total of 36 Achievements were revealed, with an additional 20 kept hidden! These will award you for reaching various Reputation levels, assembling Derelict rides, customizing your car, earning Speed Cards, equipping certain brands on your vehicle with different setups, buying new garage space, completing Speedlists, beating challenges and recommended Autolog events, finishing all Speed Traps, Speed Runs, Jumps, and Drift Zones, smashing up Billboards, beating Roaming Racer Bosses, owning various cars, and much more!
To best the best, you got to beat the best! Need for Speed Payback is out on November 10th worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, whilst the Deluxe Edition is out on November 7th, the same day as Microsoft’s new Xbox One X console.
I’m very excited to visit the world of Fortune Valley in 4K on my Xbox One X. Those who have EA or Origin Access can dive in even earlier – from November 2nd!
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