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Need for Speed Payback

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Need for Speed Payback

Also known as: NFS Payback, Hashtag (Codename)
Developer: Ghost Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Released internationally: November 10, 2017

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Need for Speed Payback is what happens when mobile-tier progression systems, microtransactions, and randomized cards seep into a AAA franchise.

Needless to say, all of these additions from EA were rightfully lambasted and (surprisingly) taken out of the series' next entry.

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Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.

Unused Voices

Voices for abandoned cars events was used until June 11, 2019 so leaving a voice for each character is unused.

Two other voices for Gallo Rivera when beating Black Mamba in roaming racers is unused after he was replaced by the YouTuber Jake Paul in the December 2017 update.

Unused Sounds

Some weird stuff found in the game files.

Music Loop In The Car

Billiard Music Loop

Strip Area Music Loop

Music Commercial Board

Placeholder Car Unlock Icon

A placeholder car unlock shows a Dodge Charger R/T 1969 with an early roof.

Unused Vehicles

2015 Nissan GT-R Premium (R35)

The 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium (R35) was hidden in the game's files, however, it can be seen in the Race Dealership's photo. It was likely cut due to its 2017 facelift having all the visual parts from its NFS 2015 equivalent.




Hidden in the game's files. Originally intended for missions during development.



2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (Player)

It was used for abandoned cars events and later discontinued on June 11, 2019, leaving this car unused.

This car cannot be customized and only have 2 vanity items during abandoned cars events:

  • Cop siren wail horn
  • FVPD underglow

2003 Chevrolet Express Police

The police variant of the Chevrolet Express (staticcop_chevrolet_express_2003) can be found in the game files, as a leftover from Need for Speed 2015.



Unused Customzation Parts

RAYS Engineering Wheels

Several RAYS wheels (Volk TE37, TE37V RE30, CE28N) and Gram Lights wheels (57D and 57Xtreme) were found in the in-game data, as a leftover from Need for Speed: 2015, however, these rims were cut due to licensing reasons. These rims were re-added in the UNITE mod.

Kakimoto Racing Bodykit for Honda NSX-R (NA1)

Several in-game files indicate the Kakimoto Racing aeroparts for the 1992 Honda NSX-R (NA1) were intended to return, but were removed due to licensing reasons.

Morohoshi's Diablo GT Bodykit for Lamborghini Diablo SV

Morohoshi's Diablo neon bodykit can be found in the in-game data, it is unknown if Morohoshi was meant to make another appearance in Payback or this is simply just a leftover from Need for Speed 2015.



Unused/Debug Tracks

Trial version difference

Chapter 1 is the only playable chapter in the trial version.