Need for Speed Pre-Orders Are a Slap in the Face
Ghost Games and EA announced the next entry into their, increasingly subpar, racing series. Need for Speed Payback is set to hit PC, Ps4, and Xbox One on November 10, 2017.
The press release describes:
“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. Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar. They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all.
Pre-orders are currently live for the game, with a bonus. Upon launch, those who pre-ordered will have access to five cars not available in the game. Here’s the full list:
- Nissan 350Z 2008
- Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
- Dodge Charger R/T 1969
- Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
- Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016
Of course, the Deluxe Edition provides access to the game three days ahead of time, and Origin Access members can play to 10 hours of the game starting November 2nd.
Pre-Order bonuses are not a new thing, by any stretch of the imagination, and I don’t have a problem with them the majority of the time. In fact, I understand that providing an incentive to prove a game will sell is, at least in part, good business tactic.
In fact, I don’t have a problem with the early access to the game either. You were there when no one else was, you just should get a few extra privileges.
The issue is on the vehicles. The press release states that the Platinum Car Pack is exclusive, each of the cars being “uniquely customized and tuned”. While this isn’t 100% confirmed that only pre-order members will have access, it would be a slap in the face to those who buy the game.
While others in the past have offered an extra weapon or skin, some sort of cosmetic buff, or anything else, tripping five cars out of a game based on, well, cars, is insulting.
Imagine going to CS: GO and selling the game, but only allowing pre-order members to access the AK and AWP. That’s only two weapons and it’s insulting. Need for Speed should have no pass in this regard either.
Overall, we’ll just have to see. Maybe these cars are just reskinned and provide no performance enhancement, or maybe they’ll be available to buy or unlock when the game launches. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date.
In the meantime, watch the launch trailer below.