Electronic Arts (EA) and the BMW Group debuted the all-new BMW M5 in Need for Speed Payback. The action-packed driving blockbuster video game will release this fall.
This is the first time that BMW has revealed a car through a video game partnership. The BMW M5 was unveiled at the 2017 GamesCom which is Europe’s biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment.
The new BMW M5 won’t be officially released until next spring but players of Need for Speed Payback will be among the first to experience the new M xDrive all-wheel drive of the high-performance luxury sedan as they rip through the city streets and diverse landscape of Fortune Valley in the game.
“The new BMW M5 is a stunning car. With immense horsepower and torque combined with gorgeous design, our players are going to love getting behind the wheel of the new M5. Whether it’s pulling off intense heist missions, or outrunning cops in epic pursuits or just cruising the open world, this car embodies performance, speed and desire, making it one of the pinnacle rides in Need for Speed Payback,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games.
Under the hood of the new BMW M5 lies a 600 hp engine that produces peak torque of 750 Nm. The new M xDrive developed by BMW M GmbH is the most engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment and will be on display across various terrains in Need for Speed Payback.
“The M is not only synonymous for the world’s most powerful letter but has also become a synonym worldwide for the prototype of the Ultimate Driving Machine. Take a look at the new BMW M5: its power output, torque and acceleration, the M specific all-wheel drive system M xDrive and its stunning design make our all-new toy the perfect feature for Need for Speed,” said Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division.
BMW and Need for Speed share a long tradition together. The brand made its first appearance in the game in 1997. In 1999 the BMW M5 was introduced in the game for the first time and has been part of the racing game ever since.
I am sure you do remember the BMW M3 in 2005’s Need for Speed Most Wanted and the BMW M3 GTR in Need for Speed Shift in 2009. The brand has made many other appearances of BMW M4, M6 and many alike. Just recently the new BMW M2 entered the stage in 2015’s Need for Speed.
Need for Speed is one of the world’s best-selling video game franchises. Its latest instalment, Need for Speed Payback, will be available worldwide on November 10th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin for PC.
Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition owners will get their three-day early access starting Tuesday, November 7th. Players can also get into the action before launch through EA Access and Origin Access, where members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, November 2nd with the EA Access and Origin Access Play First Trial.