Need for Speed Payback is launching on 10 November 2017, and it’s EA’s latest entry into into the recently rebooted series. Payback takes players to a simpler time when The Fast and the Furious was all people were talking about on car forums, and it’s going to be heavily focused on a storyline rather than the pure driving experience. Pre-orders for Payback went up just after the game’s reveal at E3 2017, but it seems that everyone skipped reading about the actual incentives for the pre-order. One of which is tyre smoke.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone given how EA now allocates add-ons to its games in neatly crafted DLC packs designed to make you spend more money on it. Pre-ordering Payback will give players the Platinum Car Pack, available for both physical and digital copies of the game, which unlocks some unique cars from the start of the game. On offer is the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967, Dodge Charger R/T 1969, Ford F-150 Raptor 2016, Nissan 350Z 2008 and Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016. Along with Platinum Blue Tyre smoke.
This may or may not be unique for players who pre-ordered, because EA’s language is a bit vague about it. The Platinum Car pack will definitely be available later on to those who didn’t pre-order, but will the smoke be up for grabs? I’m not sure. It’s a weird thing to add as an incentive. Almost as weird as extra health kits in a single-player game.
While we’re on the subject, the Deluxe Edition of the game will offer players a 5% bonus to their in-game reputation, a 10% discount on in-game purchases, and a unique license plate, a unique avatar, and you can use a unique NOS canister colour on up to five cars. Personally, I don’t see the point in this. EA might as well just give these incentives to everyone who pre-orders the game because it won’t make a difference to the player’s experience in the long run.