Ghost Games’ last entry in the Need for Speed franchise – Payback - had mixed reviews, but the company’s Creative Director says they have listened to gamers’ feedback and have incorporated more of what they want into the NFS: Heat including deeper customisation and a “more immersive narrative that pulls you into the game”.

When is Need for Speed Heat coming out?

  • Release date: 8 November 2019

The game launches officially on 8 November, but if those with EA Access or Origin Access Basic, got early access from 5 November. Those with Origin Access Premier benefited from full access to the game on PC at the earlier date.

If you pre-ordered the Standard Edition of Need for Speed Heat, you got the Mitsubishi Evolution X. This edition costs £54.99 / $59.99. 

Those that opted for the Deluxe Edition (£59.99 / $69.99) received the same car plus:

  • BMW i8
  • Mercedes C63 AMG
  • Chevrolet Corvetter Grand Sport

…plus four exclusive outfits for their character, and 5% more Bank and Rep from each event.

And if you pre-ordered from in game in Need for Speed Payback, you got a 10 percent discount.

What platforms is Need for Speed Heat on?

It’s available on PC (via Origin), Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Here's more on where to buy NFS Heat and how to pre-load it so it's ready to play on release day.

Need for Speed Heat release date

What is the gameplay like?

Well, it’s called Heat because as you build your ‘Rep’ you end up with more ‘heat’ on you, which means you’re more likely to be chased and stopped by the cops.

This “street racer versus cop fantasy” is in keeping with most of the Need for Speed games, where you’re constantly watching out for and trying to avoid the police.

Heat is split into two distinct modes: day and night. During day you can compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a legal competition where you can earn ‘Bank’ and use the money to customise your car or buy more cars. Cops stick to the law as well, and will fine you for speeding and use tactics to slow you down.

Things change at night since you take part in illegal street races to earn more Rep. Cops don’t play by the rules either. They will use any means to stop you and if you don’t make it to a hideout or your garage you’ll get busted, at which point they will nick your earnings up to that point.

In your garage you can tune and upgrade the performance of your cars as well as customise them visually. As you’d expect you can also customise your player character.

Here's the official launch trailer:

The gameplay trailer here shows what you can expect.

And if you want to know which cars are in the game, here is the list (and they're all customisable):

  • Acura NSX 2017 Sportscar
  • Acura RSX-S 2004 Coupe
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio 2016 Performance
  • Aston Martin DB5 1964 Classic
  • Aston Martin DB11 2017 Sportscar
  • Aston Martin Vulcan 2016 Hypercar
  • Audi R8 V10 Performance Coupe 2019 Supercar
  • Audi S5 Sportback 2017 Performance
  • BMW i8 Roadster 2018 Open-top
  • BMW Z4 M40i 2020 Open-top
  • BMW M4 2018 Performance
  • BMW M2 Competition 2019 Performance
  • BMW M4 GTS 2016 Performance
  • BMW M3 E46 GTR (Razer's from NFS Most Wanted) 2006 Coupe
  • BMW M4 Convertible 2018 Open-top
  • BMW i8 Coupe 2018 Sportscar
  • BMW M3 2006 Performance
  • BMW M3 Evolution II 1988 Performance
  • BMW M3 2010 Performance
  • BMW M5 2018 Performance
  • BMW X6 M 2016 SUV
  • Buick Grand National 1987 Muscle
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe 2019 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 2017 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967 Classic
  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2017 Pickup
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2013 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2014 Muscle
  • Chevrolet Bel Air 1955 Classic
  • Chevrolet C10 Stepside Pickup 1965 Classic
  • Dodge Challenger SRT8 2014 Muscle
  • Dodge Charger 1969 Classic
  • Ferrari Testarossa Coupé 1984 Supercar
  • Ferrari FXX-K Evo 2018 Hypercar
  • Ferrari 488 Pista 2019 Supercar
  • Ferrari 458 Spider 2014 Supercar
  • Ferrari 458 Italia 2014 Supercar
  • Ferrari F40 1988 Supercar
  • Ferrari LaFerrari 2016 Hypercar
  • Ferrari 488 GTB 2015 Supercar
  • Ford F-150 Raptor (FEM from NFSP) 2016 Pickup
  • Ford Focus RS 2016 Hot Hatch
  • Ford Mustang GT 2015 Muscle
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016 Pickup
  • Ford Mustang 1965 Classic
  • Ford Mustang BOSS 302 1969 Classic
  • Ford GT 2017 Supercar
  • Ford Mustang Foxbody 1990 Muscle
  • Honda S2000 2009 Open-top
  • Honda NSX Type-R 1992 Sportscar
  • Honda Civic Type-R 2000 Hot Hatch
  • Honda Civic Type-R 2015 Hot Hatch
  • Infiniti Q60S 2017 Sportscar
  • Jaguar F-Type R Convertible 2019 Open-top
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2017 Sportscar
  • Koenigsegg Regera 2016 Hypercar
  • Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary 1989 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe 2019 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster 2019 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante 2018 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Aventador S 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan Spyder 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan 2018 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Diablo SV 1995 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Murciélago SV 2010 Supercar
  • Land Rover Defender 110 Double Cab Pickup 2016 Offroad
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 2015 SUV
  • Lotus Exige S 2006 Trackday
  • Mazda MX5 2015 Open-top
  • Mazda MX5 1996 Open-top
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R 2002 Coupe
  • McLaren 600LT 2018 Supercar
  • McLaren P1 GTR 2015 Hypercar
  • McLaren 570S Spider 2018 Open-top
  • McLaren P1 2015 Hypercar
  • McLaren 570S 2015 Supercar
  • Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe 2018 Coupe
  • Mercedes-AMG GT R 2017 Sportscar
  • Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster 2019 Open-top
  • Mercedes-AMG G63 2017 SUV
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 2015 Sportscar
  • Mercedes-AMG A 45 2014 Hot Hatch
  • Mercury Cougar 1967 Classic
  • Mini Countryman John Cooper Works 2017 Hot Hatch
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 2008 Rally
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2007 Rally
  • Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition 2018 Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo 2017 Supercar
  • Nissan 370Z Nismo 2018 Coupe
  • Nissan 350Z (Rachel's from NFSU2) 2003 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (Eddie's from NFSU) 2002 Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R 2017 Supercar
  • Nissan 180SX Type X 1996 Coupe
  • Nissan 350Z 2008 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V·Spec 1999 Coupe
  • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG 1971 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V·Spec 1993 Coupe
  • Nissan Silvia Spec-R Aero 2002 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 1971 Coupe
  • Pagani Huayra BC 2017 Hypercar
  • Plymouth Barracuda 1970 Classic
  • Polestar Polestar 1 2020 Coupe
  • Pontiac Firebird 1977 Classic
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2019 Sportscar
  • Porsche Cayman GT4 2015 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2018 Supercar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet 2018 Open-top
  • Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Cabriolet 2018 Open-top
  • Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 1973 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S 1996 Sportscar
  • Porsche 918 Spyder 2015 Hypercar
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo 2017 Performance
  • SRT Viper GTS 2014 Sportscar
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2006 Rally
  • Subaru BRZ Premium 2014 Coupe
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2010 Rally
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1963 Hot Hatch
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016 Hot Hatch
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 1976 Hot Hatch
  • Volvo Amazon P130 1970 Classic
  • Volvo 242DL 1975 Sedan