Need for Speed Payback Getting March Update

By Kelly Packard, 6 months ago
Since hitting stores last November, Need for Speed Payback continues to receive post-launch updates. The March update is coming soon and will include new AllDrive activities, new events and vehicles, and a revision to the Bait Crates system.

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The highlights include the following:

AllDrive: Activities

Drift Zones, Speed Runs, Speed Traps and Jumps are coming to AllDrive. Head out into Fortune Valley and put your car sideways, grab some big air and do it all with your friends alongside you.

New Events: Castrol Edge Titanium Trials

You’re invited to take part in a series of brand new events in Fortune Valley. Prove you’re the best driver around and win the Castrol Edge Titanium Trial. These new events appear automatically on your in-game map and will be visible to all players who have completed chapter two. Simply look out for the event icons in Silver Canyon, Liberty Desert and Mount Providence.

Pontiac Firebird

Be a bandit in the Pontiac Firebird, also known as the "Blackbird". Leave the cops in a cloud of smoke in this iconic car and ultimately customize it into a one of a kind Super Build.

The Pontiac Firebird is available as a stand-alone purchase.

Aston Martin DB5

Add a touch of British luxury to your garage, in the form of the Aston Martin DB5. Drive faster than a thunderball in this absolute classic, regarded by many as the most beautiful Aston Martin ever produced. However, this one comes with a license to Super Build.

The Aston Martin DB5 is available as a stand-alone purchase.

Eddie’s Skyline

Eddie’s Skyline will be granted as a reward for everyone who has played both Need for Speed 2015 and Need for Speed Payback.

This is the first car that will be making the jump from level 299 to 399. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on this as it will shape the future of increasing the limit of further cars.

Bait Crates Checkpoint removal

We know that a more open cop experience is important to our community and you will have no doubt noticed that the Abandoned Car system experiments with this. Due to the ongoing feedback we’ve received and the in-game telemetry from Abandoned Cars we’ve made the decision to remove all checkpoints from the Bait Crates system. The end point will remain in place but how you get there is entirely up to you.

In addition to the checkpoint removal we have increased the spawn rate, and Bait Crates will now appear in greater frequency across Fortune Valley.
There is also a big list of bug fixes, along with a more detailed version of the patch notes, which can be viewed on the official Need for Speed site. The update arrives March 20th.

We've got the full list of Need for Speed Payback achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.

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Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.