Need for Speed: Payback Alters Progression Amid Criticism

Alfred Osborne
November 20, 2017

Just on the tail-end of EA removing microtransactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II, EA's Global Manager of Community Engagement Ben Walke has announced that they have changed the progression system for Need For Speed: Payback.

"We've been using community feedback, along with our own in-game data and have come up with a number of changes, many of which are in the process of going live", said Ghost Games spokesperson F8RGE on Reddit.

Walke confirms that EA has been listening to community feedback, and that recent updates have been focused on improving player experience with progression, especially with regards to auto ownership.

Increased the amount of REP awarded by taking part in events. If you finish an event outside first place your reward is slightly increased too, and Air Suspension will appear more frequently in Shipments. The studio provided a sneak peek of what's to come and mentioned that it will make changes to quality and overall level of parts that you see in tune-up shops.

Previously, the developer had changed the cooldown time of certain teams for vehicle improvements from 30 minutes to 10 minutes and had increased the rates for parts being rewarded. According to the devs, this is the phase one of the changes that coming to the game.

EA Also Making Changes to NFS Payback Progression System

Bait crates now reward increased REP.

Loot crates now reward increased Bank. It has just about everything I want from a Need for Speed game and is the closest thing we have to a new Burnout Paradise.

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Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased Bank. The rate of which parts reward are given within ranked speedlists have also been recently increased. "Need For Speed Payback is several bad ideas on four wheels, a drab racer whose potential is rear-ended by an underhanded upgrade system and a story that belongs in a direct-to-DVD bargain bin".

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