EA has released their first trailer for the upcoming 2017 Need For Speed Payback, which I have to say is quite a big letdown.
EA earlier talked about how they were going back to the roots of the Need for Speed franchise, which was street racing. However, it seems that idea has been thrown out the window for a ‘Fast and Furious’ approach to the franchise. Here’s what the game description says –
‘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. Your car is at the center of everything you do. Craft unique rides with deeper performance and visual customization than ever before. From intense missions to high stakes car battles to jaw dropping set piece moments, Need for Speed Payback delivers an edge-of-your-seat, action-driving fantasy.’
While it disappointing enough that Ghost Games have shifted their focus from street racing from the likes of Underground 2 and Most Wanted to an approach similar to that of NFS The Run, the game gets more controversial with its pricing and Deluxe Edition advantages. Grabbing the Deluxe Edition will get you a 3-day early access, exclusive customizations, 5% rep bonus and 10% discount on in-game purchases, and a Story Mission Pack – “Prepare to leave rubber on the road in this intense mission pack, where it will take every trick you know to cross the finish line.”.
To have a story mission sold as a separate DLC is quite disturbing, and just questions how far EA will go to grab more money from their fans. Need for Speed clearly seems to have drifted away from what the franchise once stood for, and I hope their gameplay reveal this E3 has some saving grace for the game.
Need for Speed Payback will release on 10th November 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game is available for pre-order with the Standard Edition available for ₹3,499 and the Deluxe Edition for ₹4,799. Click here to know more about Need for Speed Payback.