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Need for Speed Unbound becomes available to PS Plus Extra members later today, and developer Criterion is talking a big game when it comes to an unexpected second year of post-launch support. In an attempt to help shape the future of the NFS franchise, two out of four content drops between now and December will be inspired by past entries in the racing series. The feedback to these will then be used to "help shape the future of this iconic franchise".

In May 2024, a Drift & Drag pack inspired by Need for Speed Underground will be dropped, followed by Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit-inspired content in August. Before and after them will be a Head to Head event collaboration with Audi and a secret fourth volume. Every content update will deliver at least one new game mode, two new cars to customise, a Speed Pass (both free and paid paths), and more events, challenges, and PvP playlists.

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"Committing to an extended Unbound live service allows us to really build on feedback, which we’ll be gathering in a few ways," a blog post confirms. "We’re working closely with a dedicated Player Council - a great bunch of NFS influencers, core community members, and players to understand what’s important to them and their communities." The team will use more telemetry data to track what's working for players in-game, and there'll be a better feedback loop as it lets you "know what we've heard and what we can and can't do".

Released for PS5 in December 2022, we awarded an 8/10 score in our Need for Speed Unbound PS5 review, sharing praise for its stylish presentation and satisfying driving. "If you can forgive a slightly underwhelming backdrop and a barebones online mode, the minute-to-minute action makes this more than worth taking for a spin." Are you happy to hear of all this upcoming content for a new PS Plus Extra game? Let us know in the comments below.