Need for Speed Heat Update This Week Brings Black Market and McLaren F1

Those worrying that the shift in developer for Need for Speed, from Ghost to Criterion, might mean an end to support for Need for Speed Heat need worry no more. A new update arrives in for the game this week, adding a new game mechanic, some quality of life changes, and a bunch of new cars.

Scheduled for March 3, the update is set to introduce new vehicles for the first time, and there’s a dedicated new game mode and story to incorporate them into Heat. Black Market Delivery will allow players to pick up new cars in a special side storyline that introduces a new character called Raziel.

Raziel operates an illegal import/export service down at Port Murphy, on the south-west part of the map. Head down to his offices and Raziel will set you on a few errands, rewarding you with new customization parts for your cars. You’ll be able to replay the events afterwards too.

To start with there’ll be two new cars in your shipping container. The first is free to all players, and is a variant of an existing car in the game. This is now confirmed as the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. Aston’s flagship grand tourer is already in the game in coupe form, but the Volante adds some drop-top cool into the Florida-esque landscape.

The other car is brand new to the game, and as you’ll spot at the top of the page and the Tweet above, it’s the McLaren F1. Once the world’s fastest car — and still the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car — the McLaren F1 is an automotive icon. However, there is one downside. While the Aston is free, the McLaren is available only as paid DLC. It comes in at $4.99.

In addition, there’s some subtle changes to the games UI. The new item feed is gone, replaced by a yellow banner denoting new parts. You’ll find some new vanity customization items, including the ability to change the color of your exhaust backfire, and there’s new race intro and victory sequences.

We’ll find out more about the update in due course.

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