Need for Speed Payback: release date, news and features

Outrageously modded vehicles? Check. Fast paced, car based stunts?  Check. Delightfully corny dialogue? Check and mate. The first trailer  for this year's Need for Speed game (subtitled 'Payback') is here, and  it looks ridiculous. 

I'm personally unapologetic about my utter  love for The Fast and the Furious franchise, so I'm delighted that this  years reboot of the Need for Speed games appears to be borrowing heavily  from the long-running car-based franchise. 

The trailer (embedded  below), appears to be making a big deal out of the game's story, which  is based around getting revenge (or should I say, 'payback') on 'The  House', a cartel that's taken control of the city's casinos, criminals,  and cops. 

Cue a number of outrageously modded supercars, fast  driving, and the police chases that the game has been known for over the  years. 

It all looks cheesy in the ways the best games in the  franchise have been over the years, and we're looking forward to finding  out more at E3 2017

Need for Speed Payback will be released on November 11, 2017. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest entry for the Need for Speed series
  • When can I play it? November 11, 2017
  • What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One and PC


Need for Speed Payback takes players on an explosive adventure is filled with intense heist missions, high stakes car battles and epic cop pursuits. In case that sounds familiar, it seems that this latest game in the series takes heavy inspiration from the Fast and Furious films.

Ghost Games, the developer behind Payback, promises to tell a gripping story of betrayal and revenge.


Need for Speed Payback also brings a new emphasis on building and customizing cars. The game is filled with all the usual Mustangs to Lamborghinis, but users will also be able to take burnt out relics and restore them into high octane hot rods. In Need for Speed Payback building the perfect ride is just as important as getting behind the wheel and playing the action driving fantasy. 

E3 is the world's largest exhibition for the games industry, stuffed full of the latest and greatest games, consoles, and gaming hardware. TechRadar is reporting live from Los Angeles all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated E3 2017 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming. 

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