Need for Speed Payback bursts onto the scene with action-packed reveal trailer

After recently teasing the latest entry in the Need for Speed series, Ghost Games has given it a full reveal. The game is called Need for Speed Payback, a fitting name given the role of revenge in its story. But before we dive into that, check out the game's first action-packed trailer below:

It seems this entry will have a heavy emphasis on story, as your crew embarks on a journey for revenge against a criminal cartel known as The House. EA explains:

Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players will drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city's casinos, criminals and cops. They will take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground.

Of course, Need for Speed's other signatures are all here, too. You'll be able to kit your cars out with fine tuning and customizations galore. The game will even let you hunt down a broken down vehicle and bring it back to its former glory, if you choose.

The usual preorder bonuses are present and accounted for here as well. Anyone who preorders will get access to five cars right out of the gate, including:

  • Nissan 350Z 2008
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
  • Dodge Charger R/T 1969
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016

Need for Speed Payback is due for launch on November 10, but Deluxe Edition buyers will get a chance to dive in three days early. EA Access and Origin Access embers will similarly get some early play time with a 10-hour Play First Trial starting on November 2. If all of that sounds like it's up your alley, you can pre-order Need for Speed Payback for $60 on the Xbox Store now and on Amazon shortly.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

19 Comments
  • A fast & furious approach, let's see.. But um not hyped like i wanted to be now :|
  • Haha I thought the same thing. Looks like Fast and Furious
  • So bored of racing games now.
  • It truly saddens me how publishers in the industry expect us to plunk down pre-order cash based on a single CGI trailer. For years it seemed the lesson had been learned, and that we had gotten away from that. But now it seems to have come back full tilt. * heavy sigh *
  • after Forza or Gran Turismo series... its hard to be just a "Need For Speed"  
  • I lost faith in this series after Underground 2....graphics are on point but I'm not feeling the storyline or the gameplay mechanics of the newer series. I think I'll pass, again.
  • After UG2???? Maaaaaan.... Most Wanted, the game right after it was a brilliant masterpiece, and Carbon and Undercover were also good games. And yeah, I also liked Hot Pursuit 2010. I agree that they had a bad period, but you should go further than UG2...
  • Most Wanted was awesome. One of my favorite NFS games.
  • most wanted 2005 is one game which needs to be remastered in the NFS Series
  • Can't wait to play it on Scorpio 😊😁 ♏
  • I'm still waiting for a new BURNOUT to be announced.  Meantime I still enjoy Paradise on the XBOX One thanks to BC.
  • I just want nice cars to race.  No story please.  Just beautiful tracks and great handling.  Burnout games are awesome.  Need for speed used to be.
  • SAME! My favorite racing series because of it's fun style and the ability to takedown others. Hopefully this is Criterion's next project
  • After Need For Speed World I will not play another Need For Speed. NFS 2015 is too much fancy, and that camera motion just make me sick. NFSW had the perfect balance between simulation and arcade. For me it was the best Need For Speed ever, but they killed the game and stoled players' money.
  • That trailer looks so Forza Horizon, i like it.
  • @TachyonicCargo At the end of the video, read the sub-text: "CAPTURED IN FROSTBITE. REPRESENTATIVE OF GAME EXPERIENCE." Might not be CGI. And then the best part after that, "ULTRA HD RESOLUTION NOT AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS.". LOL :p
  • I keep wishing this franchise would get good again. I miss the great experiences of the original Most Wanted and Carbon, but we're about a decade removed from those, and I can't say I've been impressed with anything since. Rivals had potential, while the last one was just a pile of junk in the beta. I don't like this super-serious approach to it. I want something that's a bit flippant with the physics and embraces all the cop chase stuff, which the last one fell flat on. Focus on the driving, not the story. I'm not going to go for an interactive movie where the interactions aren't enjoyable, which is why I didn't like The Crew either.
  • This mentions UHD, is this one of the first to go all in? I just can't imagine how good this would look. I have been playing NFS since the very first PC Hot Pursuit all the way through. Sure there were some I didn't care for, but that doesn't mean others didn't love them, but it really is an epic run of a game, no pun intended, lol.
  • I did enjoy the most recent game, the cutscenes were annoying, but the gameplay itself was fun.