Explore the massive open world of Need for Speed Payback in new trailer

Ghost Games gives us a comprehensive guided tour of its upcoming racer

What’s in store for the biggest open world Need for Speed has ever seen? Let’s find out.

Set in Fortune Valley, your journey through Need for Speed Payback will take you through mountains, canyons, desert and of course, a city. Each of these zones has its own name, along with landmarks, events, collectables and everything else you’d expect to see.

To the south east is the city of Silver Rock. A mixture of grit and glamour, both of which can be found – you just need to know where to look. The jewel of Silver Rock is Billionaire’s Row, where money is everywhere and the streets may as well be paved with gold and the sky made of silver. 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 for an area known for its industrial output. Sure, it may not be as glamorous as Billionaire’s Row, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in racing potential. There’s nothing like racing through industrial suburbs to end the night with a bang.

Silver Rock points of interest:

  • Billionaire’s Row
  • The Rustway
  • Ark Tower
  • Lakeside
  • The Barrio
  • Carville International Airport

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To the west of Silver Rock is Liberty Desert but why drive through it when you can drive over it? The perfect place to scratch that off-road itch.

You’ll be spending a lot of time here, or in particular at Airfield 73. Not only will your first garage be located here but this dusty old desert airstrip is a remnant of a bygone age. The only thing that flies through the air, is you. Who says the romantic age of air travel is over?

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.

Liberty Desert points of interest:

  • Airfield 73
  • Fortune Valley Solar Project
  • Fortune Valley Railway Station
  • Las Almas Church

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Situated in the west of Fortune Valley is Mount Providence, perfect for those that enjoy the tranquil surroundings of nature, and of course, some of the best mountain roads you’ll find. The skies the limit, or will be if you drift your way up to Marshall Observatory. Take a moment to enjoy the night sky, before drifting all the way back down.

There’s something fantastical about cars and tunnels, and the combination is enough to make even the sternest faced adult giggle in pleasure. Put your foot to the floor and put and smile on your face as your engine reverberates around the inner confines of the Cohen Tunnel, just don’t make a mistake – trust us on this one.

The town of Braxton is everything Need for Speed isn’t, it’s quiet, sleepy and very slow moving. Leave your mark on this town where time stands still, do not go quietly into the night, go loud, very loud and fast.

To the south of Mount Providence is Franklin Dome, a place that is best described by none other than Tyler Morgan. “I’d rather climb the face of Everest in my underpants than drive Franklin Dome roads without brakes”. We’ll race you to the top, see you there?

Mount Providence points of interest:

  • Marshall Observatory
  • Diamond Peak
  • Cohen Tunnel
  • Fortune Valley Resort & Casino
  • Soledad Church
  • Mount Graint
  • Braxton
  • Newhaven Cabins

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Silver Canyon 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.

Silver Dam may well hold back the water but it 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.

Or 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.

Silver Canyon points of interest:

  • Silver Casino Lodge
  • Silver Dam
  • Ember Peak
  • Ember Valley Visitor’s Centre

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Welcome to Fortune Valley, where the stakes are always high!

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Please remaster/ remake need for speed underground 2

Might be fun. But.. BURNOUT! Come on, EA… at least give us PS2 Classics of the originals. We know you like us giving you money so why not for stuff we’re actually asking for? :D


Burnout 1 and 2 definitely (although Acclaim published them) but the others are probably impossible because EA stepped in and filled it with awful licensed music over the awesome dynamic music that changes when you boost. With licensed music, a re-release will probably never happen.

Carnivius_Prime 26 September, 2017 @ 18:28

Could just take the music out since most of us would have muted it and played our own tracks via mp3 players or spotify? And would save us some valuable hard drive space too. :D


Then you’ll have thousands of people wondering why there’s no music, and all of the criticism that would come with that.

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No. When I think of Frostbite and a racing game, all I think of is Need for Speed The Runs. How about letting a studio build a game engine for the genre from the ground up like every other major racing series still does? You can’t keep relying on Frostbite for everything.

It would be nice to see an open world racing game set somewhere other than the US as its been done sooooooo many times already. It would just make a refreshing change, Forza Horizon 3 did it on Xbox with Australia but I cant think of any others. When I watched the video it just looked too generic and will probably be easily forgotten.

test drive unlimited 2 was on ibiza

Grim_streaker999 27 September, 2017 @ 09:21

Wheel support?


Looks great tbh!

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