Need for Speed Payback‘s first big content update and DLC is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, December 19th, developer Ghost Games has announced.
The highlight is the introduction of Speedcross, an event that focuses on scoring as many points as you can through a pre-determined course in the following areas: Drift Zones, Jumps, Speedtraps, and Smackables.
“Rav has been busy setting up a Mini John Cooper Works Countryman for a Speedcross driver who has since disappeared, and with no-one to drive it he agrees to let Mac give it a shot. Ever the Showman, Mac impresses Rav, who in turn decides to let him use the car in the upcoming Speedcross Competition,” the developer explains. “Take control of Mac as you go up against a number of drivers from all over the world, with cities such as Palmont, Bayview, Rockport, Fairhaven and Olympic City all represented, with the ultimate goal of beating the reigning champion, The Barracuda.”
There are also sixteen brand new events and two new cars: the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman and the Infiniti Q60 S. Speedcross will be free to all owners of the Deluxe Edition and as a purchasable DLC for everyone else.
Alongside the Speedcross DLC, a free update for all players will introduce the Mazda RX-7 Spirit R, Volvo 242DL, Volvo Amazon P130, Plymouth Barracuda, Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR, and the BMW M3 Evolution II E30 as abandoned vehicles, and a new multiplayer game mode for Speedlists called Drift Runs. Drift Runs are based on the Drift Trial events from the single-player campaign and support up to eight players.
Other changes include new BMW M performance parts and support for the Logitech G29 and G920 steering wheels.
Speedcross and the free update will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC from December 19th.