During its E3 2017 press conference yesterday, EA revealed the first Need for Speed Payback gameplay footage. Fans immediately began to compare the game to EA’s discontinued racing franchise, Burnout.
It seems like fans aren’t the only ones who though that the slow-motion crashes in the Need for Speed Payback trailer are just like Burnout. The game is available to play as part of the EA PLAY E3 event and in the video below, a developer of the game slips up and accidentally refers to the Need for Speed crashes as ‘takedowns,’ which is the term used for crashes in Burnout.
“You have these big, big takedow-, uh, crashes,” the representative self-corrects during a conversation with YouTuber MKIceandFire. The mistake is fairly amusing but it could also be good news for fans of the Burnout series.
A new Burnout game has not been released since Criterion’s small-scale spin-off Burnout Crash! came out in 2011. And although Burnout Paradise was made backward compatible in November last year, it looked as though Danger Zone (essentially a standalone Burnout Crash mode) from a team of former Burnout developers is the closest fans would get to a new game.
Need for Speed Payback may be able to scratch that itch, however, and EA may have had this in mind when Ghost Games began developing the action-packed racing title. The mix up between normal crashes and takedowns and the promotion surrounding Payback‘s open-world would certainly suggest that this is the case.
Few would complain if Burnout Paradise was an inspiration for the new Need for Speed game, especially since Ghost Games has also promised to make some key improvements to the Need for Speed formula. The developer has already confirmed that the game will offer some ‘deep’ customization options, in an effort to stay true to the series, as well as “intense races” and “open world” pursuits. These are all things that will tick the right boxes for core Need for Speed fans.
Crucially, Ghost Games has also confirmed that Need for Speed Payback is playable offline, ditching the incredibly controversial always online requirement that it included with 2015’s Need for Speed game. Right now, it sounds as though Payback could be a real winner, but fans will have to wait until November to test it out themselves.
Need for Speed Payback is set to release November 10, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.