Need for Speed Payback gets progression-system update following community feedback

Yolanda Curtis
November 21, 2017

The latest update, which went live over the weekend, has increased REP (progression points) and Bank (in-game money) payouts in pretty much every way.

Following last week's controversy with Star Wars Battlefront II, EA and developer Ghost Games have also updated the loot crates and progression in Need for Speed Payback.

While they are not as bad as those found in Star Wars Battlefront 2, they still are annoying. Playing through the game's storyline will not net you everything you need, and will still rely on you gaining random drops of parts in order to boost the performance of your auto.

This "progression system" in Need For Speed Payback has changed, but before detailing all of the changes you can watch a video explaining the old system thanks to DriveMag Gaming.


Perhaps as a pre-emptive response to the furore over the now removed Pay-to-win mechanics in Battlfront II, Need for Speed Payback's loot system has been tweaked a little - giving players more rewards for their time.

The same increase in rewards also extends to bait crates, which are the catalyst for police chases.

According to the patch notes on the game's Reddit page, the overall goal with the update is to make "the ownership of cars a much more enjoyable experience". Payback features a loot-box system similar to the lucrative FIFA Ultimate Team where players can buy boxes to get virtual items that make the game easier or unlock new content, and that can often make the core game's progression feel slow and unsatisfying - at least in my experience. That furore has resulted in EA suspending microtransactions entirely.

Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased Bank.


Increased the amount of Bank awarded by taking part in events. "Coming shortly will be some changes to the way tune-up shops work, especially around the quality / level of parts they stock".

Bait crates now reward increased Bank.

Increased the amount of REP awarded by taking part in events.

Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased REP.


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