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NFS Heat gets second major update, McLaren F1 as paid DLC

By Alex Affat, 05 Mar 2020 News

Need For Speed Heat update

The first all-new downloadable car is available for NFS Heat... but it'll cost you

Need for Speed Heat developers Ghost began hinting at fresh content and cars soon after Heat’s initial release late last year, and we finally have our first taste.

The NFS Heat ‘Black Market Deliveries’ update provides two new available cars, new challenge sets, customisation items and “vanity” items. It arrives not long after that last update that brought paid DLC and new functionality - including the much-requested gaming wheel support.

The Black Market update sees players meet a new NPC named Raziel – an underground car dealer who imports two types of cars: variants of already existing in-game cars, and all-new models (read: free and paid options).

The first pack includes an Aston Martin DB11 Volante, a roofless version of the DB11 coupe already found in game and - for a fee of $4.99 - players can also gain access to the iconic 1993 McLaren F1 - an all-new addition to the Need For Speed Heat vehicle list.

READ MORE: Is Need For Speed Heat worth your money? Read our review!

You can expect ongoing automotive additions to be rolled out in similar fashion. Free options will introduce reworked variants of already in-game cars, while desirable new vehicles will be offered up to those willing to pay for them. Yes, loot box mechanics may be gone from NFS, but microtransactions are here to stay. At least you'll be getting what you paid for.

Need For Speed Heat Aston Martin DB11

To get behind the wheel of either car, players simply head down to Port Murphy and retrieve them from a shipping container. This then opens a small narrative arc (said to add 3-5 hours of gameplay) for each car, where Raziel will ask the player to complete a few tasks and favours in order to receive a reward.

Complete the challenges to gain new visual customisation parts, character outfits and vanity items such as underbody neons. The outfits additions may sound a bit naff, but with character customisation largely hinging on the gear your avatar wears we reckon new threads will help bulk out the fairly limited variety of virtual clothing in the standard game.

Need For Speed Heat clothing

The Black Market Car Pack #1 includes:

  • Free - Aston Martin DB11 Volante (2018)
    • Narrative setting with VO
    • 6x Challenge Sets for the player to complete (3-5 hours of gameplay) featuring both recycled (activities) and new content (exclusive new events)
    • Character outfits
    • Customisation items
    • Vanity items
  • $4.99 - McLaren F1 (1993)
    • Narrative setting with VO
    • 6x Challenge Sets for the player to complete (3-5 hours of gameplay) featuring both recycled (activities) and new content (exclusive new events)
    • Character outfits
    • Customisation items
    • Vanity items