Need for Speed Payback Trailer Shows a Renewed Push for Car Mods

This game will be about much more than just driving.

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The upcoming video game Need For Speed Payback promises to bring in-game car customization back to the present. A new trailer released Wednesday shows heavily modified cars for various applications from drag racing to off-roading. One of the cars most prominently featured in the new trailer is a Datsun 240Z outfitted for drag racing with a wheelie bar, fat rear tires, and a blower.

Every individual part on the exterior of the car is customizable to make your virtual car one of a kind. Of course, there are also mechanical modifications to improve performance. Other modified examples we see in the trailer include a first-generation Ford Mustang, a Jaguar F-Type, and a Volkswagen Baja Bug outfitted for serious off-roading.

One of the coolest features shown in the trailer is the presence of barn finds. You can find a car rodding in a field somewhere, save it, and restore it however you’d like. A restoration like this would be much cheaper than the real deal, so if you want a project without spending a ton of time and money, this game could be for you. Although, you might end up spending a lot of time on this game anyway.

The trailer closes with the line “play your way, win your way.” It sounds like the Need for Speed series is taking a page out of the Project Cars video games’ book. As its name implies, those games are heavy on customization and they’ve proven to be quite popular. 

Which series do you prefer?