At E3 2017, EA revealed the first Need for Speed Payback gameplay footage. Confirming the game will offer an open-world single player campaign, the new trailer also introduced the game’s playable female character.
Need for Speed Payback becomes one of several upcoming high profile game to feature playable female characters, with Star Wars Battlefront 2, Call of Duty: WW2 and Far Cry 5 being some other prime examples.
Need for Speed Payback Features a Playable Female Character
Need for Speed Payback will deliver all of the customization and smooth racing gameplay that fans have come to expect from the series, but it also hopes to deliver a blockbuster action story campaign too. Drawing more than a few comparisons to the Fast and Furious film franchise, Payback sees players try and take down “The House” cartel that controls the underworld of Fortune Valley.
The game’s lead characters are a trio: Nick (The Racer), Mac (The Showman) and playable female character Jess (The Wheelman). Each of the characters will have individual quests, but will work together at some points too. The trio of protagonists also have different driving skills: Jess is apparently best at evading the law.
Since things are all about the driving and presumably the entire game will be spent behind the wheel (save for the cutscenes), the fact that Need for Speed Payback includes a female character probably doesn’t seem very important. But for female fans of the Need for Speed series in particular, it will at least save some eye-roll worthy moments and none of us will ever have to ask ‘EA and Ghost Games chose three playable characters and couldn’t include a woman in this game, seriously?’
It’s also good to see that Jess is being positioned as a core member of the team who can really hold her own. Judging from that brief gameplay trailer, Need for Speed Payback‘s female protagonist won’t be unnecessarily sexualised either, as is often the case with over the top racing properties. She’ll just get to race fast, ditch the cops and make sure Nick and Mac don’t get their butts hauled to jail in the process.
Need for Speed Payback will be released on November 10 on Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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