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Need for Speed: Unbound

Also known as: NFS Unbound, Excalibur (Codename), NFS22 (Internal name)
Developer: Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Windows
Released internationally: December 2, 2022


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
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Need for Speed Unbound is the twenty-fifth instalment in the series and sees Criterion Games return behind the wheel for the first time since 2012's Most Wanted.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Browse inside the game files through the use of Frosty Editor v1.0.7 and document some unused stuffs in there.
  • Motorbikes model. Also, it's possible that motorbikes models are same from previous titles.
  • Unused rims
  • Preload build
  • Revisional Differences
  • Unused Body Kit Parts
  • Unused songs
  • Unused races
  • Scrapped dance?
  • Add unused menus
<Sanky> please suggest an unused sprite with a clock or something
This game is still under active development.
Be aware that any unused content you find may become used or removed in the future. Please only add things to the article that are unlikely to ever be used, or went unused for some time. If they do get used, please remove them from the page and specify in the edit summary!
Hmmm...
This page is loooong...
Consider grouping related content into additional subpages to ease readability.

Contents

Unused Menus

MAP Unavaliable

This can be triggered if the L_MainLevel_worldmap or L_MainLevel_worldmap_night nodes or any Map UI related things have invalid settings.

NFS Unbound Unused Map Unavaliable Menu.png

Load Game

This option was added after Volume 2 update and is meant to load save games, but it doesn't do anything, at least on PC. Can be brought back if UI/menu/FrontEnd/Tweakables/EnableMultipleSaveSlots is set to 1.

NFSUB MainMenu HiddenOption LoadGame.png

Unused Cars

2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

The now decommissioned Police Interceptor variant of the Crown Victoria (not to be confused with the purchasable civilian version of the Crown Victoria in the game) that was seen in the previous Need for Speed entries can be found as a leftover and still can be accessed in game.

NFSUnboundFordCVPIFront.png

NFSUnboundFordCVPIRear.png

Rhino

The menacing looking Rhino units from the previous games can be found in the files, sharing the same fate as the CVPI mentioned above.

NFSUnboundRhinoFront.png

NFSUnboundRhinoRear.png

Unused Presets

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Add more Unused Presets in this section
  • Exclude one or more presets if they are actually used in game
  • Add unused presets that were added after Volume 1.

ai_persona_livery01_porsche_9912gtrs_vs_2018

An unused Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2) preset, with parts from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2).

ai_persona_livery01_bmw_m4convertible_2017

An unused preset of the BMW M4 LCI (F82)

It includes the design of Jaz's BMW M4 LCI (F82) that was present in Need for Speed Heat, but for convertible variant of the car.

ai_persona_livery01_ford_crownvictoria_2008

Can be seen on various promo materials.

ai_persona_livery01_nissan_silviak_1998

Unused 1998 NISSAN Silvia K’s Aero (S14 Kouki) preset.

This preset can be seen in images of a now deleted tweet from Criterion Producer which featured same unused 1998 NISSAN Silvia K’s Aero (S14 Kouki) preset and older NFS wordmark. It's tweet images got reuploaded to r/NeedForSpeed Sub-Reddit post by a Need for Speed Discord Server Moderator u/Max_Lazy_10.

AI_Persona_Livery01_porsche_9912gt3rs_2019

Early version of unused Chase's car. The only difference is the color of rims.

AI_Persona_Livery02_landrover_defender110_2017

Unused 2017 Land Rover Defender 110 preset.

AI_Persona_Livery02_nissan_gtr_2017

Unused 2017 NISSAN GT-R Premium (R35) preset.

AI_Persona_Livery02_porsche_9912gt3rs_2019

Unused 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) preset, that includes parts from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.1).

AI_Persona_Livery03_bmw_m4convertible_2017

An Unused preset of convertible version of the BMW M4 (F82).

AI_Persona_Livery03_honda_civictyper_2000

An Unused preset of the Honda Civic Type R (EK9).

AI_Persona_LiveryTest_honda_civictyper_2000

Early version of Ross' car.

AI_Persona_LiveryTest_mitsubishi_eclipsegsx_1999

Early version of Boost's car.

ai_persona_liveryTest_porsche_718boxsterspyder_2019

Early version of unused ChaCha's alternative car. The name suggests it's for Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder (982), but wrap is technically set to 718 Cayman GTS, so that vehicle was forced for this preset instead.

It notably uses Excalibur Codename of this game in license plate named EXCLBR.

AI_Rival_Livery_ChaCha_porsche_718boxsterspyder_2019

Unused ChaCha's alternative car.

AI_Rival_Livery_Eleonore_lamborghini_urus_2020

Unused Eleonore's alternative car. Wrap applied here seems to be some kind of placeholder, keep in mind.

car_astonmartin_db5_1964_Template_reward01

Early version of Aston Martin DB5 car that you can win in one of regular races. Original preset didn't have any wrap attached, but it likely was same or a bit underdeveloped

car_astonmartin_db5_1964_Template_reward02

Early version of Aston Martin DB5 car that you can win in one of regular races. Original preset didn't have any wrap attached, but it likely was same or a bit underdeveloped.

car_bmw_m3e46_2003_Template_reward01

Early version of unused BMW M3 E46 car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_bmw_m3e46_2003_Template_reward02

Unused preset for BMW M3 E46 car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_dodge_chargersrthellcat_2019_Template_reward01

Early version of Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat car that you can win in one of regular races. Original preset didn't have any wrap attached, but it likely was same or a bit underdeveloped

car_ford_focusrs_2015_Template_reward01

Unused preset for Ford Focus RS (Gen.3) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_honda_civictyper_2000_Template_reward01

Early version of unused 2000 Honda Civic Type R (EK9) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_honda_civictyper_2000_Template_reward02

Unused preset for 2000 Honda Civic Type-R (EK9) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_honda_nsxtyper_1992_Template_reward01

Early version of unused Honda NSX R (NA1) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_honda_nsxtyper_1992_Template_reward02

Unused preset for Honda NSX-R (NA1) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_lamborghini_aventadorsvjroadster_2019_icon_Template_reward01

Unused preset for Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 SVJ Roadster car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_lamborghini_murcielagosv_2010_Template_reward01

Early version of Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV car that you can win in one of regular races. Originally, this preset didn't have any wrap attached, but it likely was same or a bit underdeveloped

car_mercedesbenz_amgg63_2017_Template_reward01

Unused preset for Mercedes-AMG G 63 car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_mercedesbenz_amgg63_2017_Template_reward01

Early version of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR-edition car that you can win in one of regular races. Originally, this preset didn't have any wrap attached, but it likely was same or a bit underdeveloped

car_volkswagen_golfgti_1974_Template_golfgti_reward01

Early version of unused Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk.1) car that you could win in one of regular races.

car_volkswagen_golfgti_1974_Template_golfgti_reward02

Unused preset for Volkswagen Golf GTI (1976) car that you could win in one of regular races.

DeliveryCar_Livery_M0Car2_honda_nsxtyper_1992/DeliveryCar_Livery_RydellM1Car3_honda_nsxtyper_1992

Unused Rydell Delivery car. Wrap applied here seems to be some kind of placeholder, keep in mind.

RacerStory_Ford_MustangGT_2015_Template

Unused 2015 Ford Mustang GT (S-550) preset.

RacerStory_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template

Unused 1971 NISSAN FairLady Z preset.

RydellDelivery_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template

Unused Rydell Delivery car. It's likely is missing any visual items, only performance ones are present.

RydellDelivery_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template_Draft_02

Same as RydellDelivery_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template.

RydellDelivery_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template_Draft_03

Same as RydellDelivery_NissanFairLadyZ_1971_Template.

RydellDelivery_MazdaMX5_1996_Template/RydellDelivery_MazdaMX5_1996_Template_Draft_02

Unused Rydell Delivery car. Original preset didn't have any wrap attached, but in the files there was one, that is not attached to any other preset and is not leftover from previous titles.

template_blackmarketedition_astonmartin_db11volante_2019

This preset is different from the one in NFS Heat. This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_bmw_m3e93convertible_2012

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_bugatti_chiron_2019

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_ford_mustanggtconvertible_2019

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_mazda_rx8spiritr_2011

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_mclaren_f1_1993

This preset is different from the one in NFS Heat. This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made. This preset would be used as a base for free McLaren F1 (1994) Bonus preset car that will be seen in Lakeshore garage if you played Need for Speed: Heat and that will be appeared only if Volume 4 update is installed.

template_blackmarketedition_mercedesbenz_c63amgcabriolet_2018

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_nissan_silviak_1998

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_blackmarketedition_porsche_718boxsterspyder_2019

This may be leftover that was left unremoved when Unbound went into development, and after first NFS Unbound builds were forked from pre-release version of Black Market Update for Need for Speed: Heat or This was temporary solution till body kit templates were made.

template_starter_porsche_911carreras993

Unused starter car. This preset went unused from being used in starter car select menus because the Legendary Customs' body kit was removed until reappearance in Volume 4 update, although with some differences.

Template_Trailer_HeroCar3_nissan_silviak_1998

This preset can be seen in Reveal Trailer of the game.

Template_Trailer_HeroCar4_nissan_silviak_1998

This preset can be seen in Reveal Trailer of the game.

Template_Trailer_HeroCar5_nissan_silviak_1998

This preset can be seen in Reveal Trailer of the game.

Template_Trailer_HeroCar6_nissan_silviak_1998

This preset can be seen in Reveal Trailer of the game.

Unused Bodykits

Certain bodykits, such as Ana Rivera's kit,Roberto Riviera's kit and Regera license plate can be found in the data. K.S kits finally added as Vol.5 Customs Pack

The Mantis bodykits for the Skyline GT-R V-Spec (BNR34) and 350Z (Z33) would later be included behind the paid Vol.4 Customs Pack.

(Source: TheBoss Gaming)

Unused Character Models

Acactussayswhat?
Please elaborate.
Having more detail is always a good thing.

Some character can be used as rivals or upcoming DLC or development or completely unused.


(Source: elaymm4)

Unused Character Poses

There are hidden poses for character made during the development, some of them made appearance throughout Volume updates.

(Source: HarGabt)

Unused Voice-Over

Unused voice lines

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Wait for a new Frosty Tool Suite update — most of audio asset containers can't be opened due to incompletion of the tool; or extract them manually.

Placeholder voice lines

Before the game developers cast A$AP Rocky, the game had placeholder type voice lines for the mysterious racer, known as "Talent" during the development.

Audio Notes Transcription
This line was meant to play during the establishment sequence before the takeover. Talent: "In this place, this time, street style... is everything."
Talent: "But listen when I say, greatness must be earned. So, show them how we do in the Lake. Welcome, to the Takeover."
Talent: "This city is your canvas. Paint it with your passion. Burn white hot or burnout."
Talent: "Forget where you come from. Know yourself, show yourself."
This line was meant to play during the in-game cutscene before the takeover. Talent: "Yo, y'all focus up! All eyes on me!"
Talent: "That's right! This is it. Time to see if you got what it takes. Go earn your place among Lakeshore's elite."
Talent: "Ready? Eyes front. Rev your engines. And let's go!"
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in last place. Talent: "Ain't gonna lie, that was terrible. You call that driving?"
Talent: "Yo, you may as well give up."
Talent: "I can't even look you in the eye right now. Shocking. (dismissive laugh)"
Talent: "What the hell were you doing out there?! That was an embarrassment"
Talent: "I don't know how you can show your face around here after that."
Talent: "Yo, you just didn't show up! Next time, bring your A game, playa."
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in second or third place. Talent: "You know, watching that... Less said about it, the better."
Talent: "Don't get too down on yourself! It's tough out there. Remember what got you here in the first place!"
Talent: "I mean, it was good. If you were Driving Miss Daisy."
Talent: "That was... not sure what that was. Maybe give it another try out there."
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in first place. Talent: "Yo, you crushed it out there! That was some style!"
Talent: "Hell yeah! That shit was special! Seeing you out there, couldn't have done it better myself!"
Talent: "Yo, you smashed it out there! Nobody can touch you!"
Talent: "You're making waves out there. The Lake is buzzing! Keep doing what you're doing!"
Talent: "You tore it up out there! That was straight fire!"
Talent: "Yo, you killed it out there! The Lake is on alert!"
This line was meant to be played after the race countdown Talent: "Let's see what you got!"
Talent: "I'm looking forward to this!"
Talent: "This ain't the Takeover now. Show me what you got."

A$AP Rocky's raw voice lines for Takeover cutscene

Audio Transcription
A$AP Rocky: "Check it out, check it out, listen up!"
A$AP Rocky: "Yeah! Now it's time. Next up, it's the test to see who’s the best. Let’s see who got the whole city on lock."
A$AP Rocky: "Rev up! Gear up! Burn out! Let’s go!"

A$AP Rocky's unused voice lines for Takeover results

Audio Notes Transcription
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in last place. A$AP Rocky: "Yo, that was trash bro. You call that racing?"
A$AP Rocky: "Yo, what... What the hell was that? Yo, this is pathetic, yo."
A$AP Rocky: "I can’t even talk to you. That was trash."
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in second or third place. A$AP Rocky: "You know that was.... That was something."
A$AP Rocky: "You know, folks is talkin'. They’re saying you up next. How you feel about that? (laughs)"
This line was meant to be played if player finishes in first place. A$AP Rocky: "All I saw was dust! Way to go! (claps)"
A$AP Rocky: "Yo! That shit was tight! Man, you’re killing it! Keep going, keep going!"

Voice lines in Garage/Meetup

Audio Notes Transcription
Yaz was meant to introduce player to betting system instead of Rydell in the final version. Yaz: "Listen, coming in first ain't the end all be all. Betting against a rival makes things more personal. So let's choose someone..."

GMC Police's voice lines

There are voice files mentioning GMC automobile that didn't make cut into the final version of the game as drivable car.

Audio Notes Transcription
Patrol describing a reported vehicle, which is a GMC. Female officer: "2440 in a GMC."
Same as previous. Female officer: "2440 is driving a GMC."
Female officer: "2440's behind the wheel of a GMC."
Female officer: "Dispatch, 2440 is driving a GMC."
Female officer: "That 2440's operating a GMC."
Male officer: "Control, 2440 is driving a GMC."
Male officer: "Perp's in a GMC, Dispatch."
Male officer: "Street racer's driving a GMC."
Male officer: "Perp's behind the wheel of a GMC."
Male officer: "Dispatch, suspect is driving a GMC."
Female officer: "Racer's in a GMC."
Female officer: "That 2440 is in a GMC, Dispatch."
Male officer: "2440 is in a GMC, Dispatch."
Male officer: "2440's driving dangerously in a GMC."
Female officer: "Racer in a GMC here."
Female officer: "I have a racer here in a GMC."


Unused Graphics

Unused Graphics for Events

Since there are no Endurance events for Tier B, these textures go unused.


Development Leftovers

Found in the game files are graphic renders for developer visions for in-game character poses made during alpha phase.

Banner snapshots leftovers found in game files as well, likely made during development to pitch the concept of player' banners.

Same goes for banner stickers.

Fallback Textures

Leftovers from Previous Titles

Placeholder Textures

Unused Car Upgrades

Map Icons

Earlier Meetup Icon.

Earlier Meetup Icon.

Videos

Unused Dialogues/Strings

Pre-release disclaimer

This game is in a pre-release stage of development. This means that some parts of the game, including features like chat and multiplayer, might not function as expected. The game may even crash. Due to the fact this is a pre-release game, EA do not commit to providing customer support for the game.

This text is not seen in any prototypes or leaks (That show the title screen or game bootup) ingame. This dialog is a disclaimer if the builds during the game development are pre-release builds. This would be probably seen at game title screen.

Roadblock and spikestrip avoiding

Roadblock's been avoided.
They avoided the roadblock!
They saw the roadblock and went around!
They went around the spikestrip.

The game has strings for roadblock and spikestrip avoiding voicelines, but cops don't react to this because voicelines sounds container is empty.

Stealing A$AP Rocky's car

No problem I'll tell A$AP Rocky you don't want to get behind the wheel of his Mercedes.
Don't get worried about it kid. We were getting worried. Rocky thought you drove off with his whip

According to unused subtitles, there was a possibility chance to steal A$AP Rocky's car, meaning that he was going to be the game's antagonist of some sort.

A$AP Rocky's Racer SOS strings

Complete A$AP Rocky's Racer SOS
Completed A$AP Rocky's Racer SOS

The event exists in-game where Rocky is in need of help or trouble, though it doesn't act like other events in same mode, but those strings are not seen.

GMC description cop voicelines strings

That racer's in a GMC. 
Street racer's driving a GMC. 
Perp's in a GMC, Dispatch.
Dispatch, suspect is driving a GMC.
Racer's in a GMC.
Dispatch, 2440 is driving a GMC.
2440 is in a GMC, Dispatch.
Racer in a GMC here.
2440 is driving a GMC.
Control, 2440 is driving a GMC.
Perp's behind the wheel of a GMC. 
That 2044's driving a GMC.
That 2440 is in a GMC, Dispatch.
That 2440's operating a GMC.
2440 in a GMC.
I have a racer here in a GMC.
2440's behind the wheel of a GMC.
2440's driving dangerously in a GMC.

GMC Yukon Denali (2015) was meant to be a playable vehicle in the game, but for some reason, developers of the game made this vehicle unplayable and chosen to be a traffic car.

Cut song strings

Nas feat. A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier
Wave Gods

According to strings, Nas feat. A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier - Wave Gods would feature in the game. It was also possibly cut in early-mid 2022 builds.

Placeholder strings for District names

Car Plant (D1)
Parklands (D2)
City (D4)
Ski Resort (D5)
Quarry (D6)
Power Plant (D7)

Earlier District Names.

Tess' Livestream comments

OMG, awesome ride
Whaddup from Lakeshore!
FIRE GUUUURRRLLLL
Addicted to the StReAm!!!!

During the cutscene after the first qualifier, Tess goes live on scene during quarrel between player and Yaz. During the livestream, comments from Chilton, Chase, Lyric and Youmna were meant to be displayed on livestream UI, but either due to broken logic or the feature being cut these comments are not displayed.

Speedcross strings

Speedcross races names

D2 Speedcross 04 NO NAME
Speedcross event reported.
D6 Speedcross 03 NO NAME
Speedcross - Tier A - Docks
D7 Speedcross 02 NO NAME
SPEEDCROSS
D1 Speedcross 05 NO NAME
Speedcross Onboarding
Tier B Speedcross - Docks

Reports of a speedcross events

We have reports of a speedcross event taking place.
Dispatch, we have a reported speedcross event.

Takeover events mode still had the Speedcross name. This name could be used as placeholder, and according to subtitles, player could encounter police pursuit on those events.

Earlier AI Racer names

Beta Final
Jürgen Rudiger
Justice Justicia
Muneca Medusa
Mya Maya
Qadira Youmna
Theo Chilton

According to rivals' texture assets, they had different names during development.[1].

Oddities

Cube map

These is some debug model under the map that was accidentally left.

BMW M3 GTR ALMS (E46) using random tag in High Heat Delivery

Each car in High Heat Delivery uses "100 Bands" Tag. However, in "Blacklisted" event in which player delivers the BMW M3 GTR ALMS GT (E46), this is the only car that doesn't use "100 Bands" tag, but instead using any random tag.

Duplicated Justicia cars

There are two Justicia cars at the beginning of the post 3rd qualifier cutscene.

Revisional Differences

Volume 1 (v1.1.2)

Initial release in November 29, 2022.

Volume 1 (v1.1.3)

Update regarding stability issues, released in December 12, 2022.

Volume 1 (v1.1.4)

Update regarding minor quality of life updates and rebalancing some of the cars performance:

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk.I) (reduced acceleration in high gears)
  • Koenigsegg Regera (reduced top-end acceleration on high speeds)

Released in January 24, 2023.

Volume 2 (v2.0.0)

Content update, released in March 21, 2023. New content includes:

  • Lakeshore PD in Lakeshore Online multiplayer mode
  • Daily challenges with XP and cash rewards
  • New Hot Lap activity scattered across Lakeshore
  • New cars added:
    • Mercedes-Maybach S 680 (2021) - Hot Lap activity reward;
    • Lotus Emira "Balmain" (2021) - Playlist completion reward;
    • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG "Custom" (1971) - EA Play subscription reward
  • Revised playlists, including new Rumble playlists
  • New DLC: Keys to the Map that reveals all of the activities and challenges across Lakeshore
  • New driving effects, horns, poses, banners (this includes art, stickers and audio).

Volume 3 (v3.0.0)

Content update, released in June 12, 2023. New content includes:

  • Introducing free-roam type event - Linkup
  • 75 level Speed Pass, containing unlockable rewards and replacing previous ranking system. Its content was available until August 16, 2023, and failure to reach rank 75 would result in counterfeit of all the remaining rewards.
  • Quality of Life enhancements, including free roam teleport and time of day option during free roam (both work only in Lakeshore Online)
  • New cars added:
    • DMC DeLorean (1981) - Linkup activity reward;
    • SRT Viper GTS (VX) "Legendary Custom" (2014) - Rank 50 Speed Pass reward;
    • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (BNR32) "Epic Custom" (1993) - EA Play subscription reward
  • Drift playlists
  • 15 new One-shot Challenges; 29 new Daily Challenges; 13 new Weekly Challenges;
  • New DLCs:
    • Robojets Swag Pack (comes with Mazda RX-7 Spirit R (FD3S) "Legendary Custom" (2002), clothing pack, driving effects, horns, poses, banners);
    • Ford Mustang GT Legendary Custom Pack (comes with Ford Mustang GT (S-550) "Legendary Custom" (2015) and +100,000 XP for Speed Pass levels (+10 Speed Pass levels));
    • Vol.3 Customs Pack (comes with Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X "Epic Custom" (2008); Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport "Epic Custom" (2016); Volvo 242 DL "Epic Custom" (1975))

Volume 4 (v4.0.0)

Content update, released in August 12, 2023. It was also dedicated to Porsche 75th Anniversary. New content includes:

  • Renewed Speed Pass. Its content was available until October 12, 2023, and failure to reach rank 75 would result in counterfeit of all the remaining rewards.
  • Boost: A playlist or a Linkup can be "boosted" for a short period and offer additional rewards
  • New cars added:
    • Porsche Taycan Turbo S (2022) - Finish the Porsche playlist three times;
    • Porsche 911 Carrera S (993) "Legendary Custom" (1997) - Rank 50 Speed Pass reward;
    • Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 "Legendary Custom" (2021) - EA Play subscription reward;
    • McLaren F1 "Epic Custom" (1994) - Need for Speed: Heat loyalty reward (if user has Need for Speed Heat and/or at least played this game on their account)
  • Porsche 75th Anniversary themed Kennedy Test Track district along with a new Porsche-themed playlist
  • Gauntlet playlists
  • 50 new Daily challenges; 39 new Weekly Challenges;
  • New DLCs:
    • Hip Hop Origins Swag Pack (comes with Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Legendary Custom" (2017), clothing pack, decals, driving effect, horn, licence plate, pose, sample, underglow, banners);
    • Lotus Exige S Legendary Custom Pack (replaces Ford Mustang GT Legendary Custom Pack, comes with Lotus Exige S "Legendary Custom" (2006) and +100,000 XP for Speed Pass levels (+10 Speed Pass levels));
    • Vol.4 Customs Pack (comes with Rachel's Nissan 350Z (Z33) "Epic Custom" (2008); Eddie's Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (BNR34) "Epic Custom" (1999); Joe's Polestar 1 "Epic Custom" (2020))
  • New 7 Linkup locations, replacing previous 7 from Volume 3.

Volume 4 Hotfix 1 (v4.0.1)

Released in August 29, 2023.
This update fixes the issue where decals unlocked via Vol.3 Speed Pass were no longer accessible after Vol.4 began, along with a few stability improvements.

Volume 5 (v5.0.0)

Minor content update, released in October 12, 2023. New content includes:

  • Renewed Speed Pass.
  • Tweaked the cadence and downtime of Boosted events and Linkups
  • New cars added:
    • BMW M2 Coupé (G87) (2023) - Challenge reward;
    • Buick Grand National GNX "Legendary Custom" (1987) - Rank 50 Speed Pass reward;
    • Mercury Cougar "Epic Custom" (1967) - EA Play subscription reward
  • Masking feature in Wrap Editor along with 17 new decals
  • 8 "one-shot" challenges; along with Vol.3 and Vol.4 Daily and Weekly Challenges, some of them were renewed.
  • New DLCs:
    • Trick or Street Swag Pack (comes with Mini John Cooper Works Countryman "Legendary Custom" (2017), clothing pack, decals, driving effect, horn, licence plates along with frames, poses, sample, underglow, banner);
    • Volkswagen Beetle Legendary Custom Pack (replaces Lotus Exige S Legendary Custom Pack, comes with Volkswagen Beetle "Legendary Custom" (1963) and +100,000 XP for Speed Pass levels (+10 Speed Pass levels));
    • Vol.5 Customs Pack (comes with BMW i8 Coupe "Epic Custom" (2018); Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (C7) "Epic Custom" (2017); Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe (C205) "Epic Custom" (2018))
  • All 14 Linkup locations from Vol.3 update and Vol.4 update are available in Lakeshore Online

Volume 5 Hotfix 1 (v5.0.2)

Released in October 25, 2023.
This update is focused mainly on fixing the issue with broken update on PC.
The list of fixed issues mentions the following:

  • Fixed an issue where the user was not able to select the headlights in order to edit when using a keyboard on the BMW i8 Coupe
  • Fixed an issue where the Porsche 911 (993) Legendary Custom and SRT Viper GT-S (VX) vehicles were present in the campaign after completing the Prologue.
  • Fixed an issue where Sprint and Circuit playlist scorecards are showing the wrong car tiers.
  • Fixed an issue where the game freezes on PC during gameplay or various menus.
  • One Shot challenges "Escape a Heat 5 cop chase in a Porsche Taycan", "Accumulate 200MI/322KM when being chased by cops", "Get to 88mph in the DeLorean" and "Accumulate a 1-hour drift in the BMW M2" can be now progressed in Campaign and Multiplayer.
  • The BMW M2 (G87) can be now unlocked in Campaign and Multiplayer.
  • Fixed an issue where the new Boosted Events and Linkups rotation was not appearing as intended.

Volume 5.1.0

Released on December 7, 2023. This update includes:

  • "Original" driving effect added to tags menu, bringing a more authentic and realistic feel to tire smoke
  • Added sorting for MY RIDES section, akin to BUY AND SELL.
  • Open Playlists have now been added to Freedrive. These are playlists that don’t come from other players. In the downtime between other freedrive events (linkups, boosted events), the server will send out invites to playlists.

Volume 6 (v6.0.1)

Content update, released in February 27, 2024. New content includes:

  • 25 new race events across A-S+ tiers
  • New cars added:
    • Audi RS 6 Avant (C8) - Premium Speed Pass Level 5 reward;
    • Audi S5 Sportback (B9) (2017) - Speed Pass Level 10 reward;
    • Audi R8 V10 Performance Coupé (4S) (2019) - Speed Pass Level 25 reward;
  • Freedrive playlist weekly speedlist updates
  • XP and SP earning: Progress of earning XP in both Speed Pass and Rank system is now tracked in both Single player and Multiplayer portions of the game.
  • XP rewards have been added and rebalanced for the following:
    • Activities + Collectables
    • Linkup MVP
    • SP events
    • Side Bets
    • Escaping cop chases
    • Playlists
  • Hot Laps are not discovered by default, as these are no longer ‘new’: they sit alongside the other activities to find and conquer
  • Fixed a bug with Linkup MVP tracking - now it should take into account contribution to the whole round!
  • Fixed a bug when entering a Linkup while in a pursuit/escaping, where a player wouldn't trigger the escalating heat and pursuit status throughout the Linkup rounds
  • Some small performance improvements when in longer game modes (endurance, mostly). This should save on CPU usage spikes
  • Improved cars and road reflection
  • Improved image aliasing stability
  • Changed main menu camera perspective
  • Fixed "white tunnels" problem

Volume 6 Hotfix 1 (v6.1.0)

Quality of Life update focused around Vol.6 feedback, released on March 18, 2024. This update includes:

  • PVP Playlist rotation now changes daily
    • Featured Playlists remain active for a week.
    • Tier Playlists now rotate daily between B, A, A+, S and S+
  • The waiting time been successive Linkups in Free Roam has been halved
  • Players can now return directly to their Multiplayer garage after leaving PVP.
  • Fixed an issue in which all Nitrous auxiliary items stop working if the player changes vehicles during playlists, or if they leave the server and rejoin.
  • Addressed an issue that caused extreme flickering. This also fixes a known issue for AMD Vega GPU players.
  • Changed “Idle Kick” behaviour in PVP, so that players who attempt to farm XP by leaving their car parked for a set period of time will now be removed from the session.

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