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06-03-2010, 04:07 PM
Since EA announced the Need for Speed World Starter Pack they have received a lot of questions from the community about it and decided to answer most of them with frequently asked questions list. Hopefully this FAQ will answer your questions and clear up any misunderstandings / misconceptions around the Starter Pack

What is the Starter Pack?

Need for Speed World is a free-to-play online racing MMO. Players are able to download, install and play the game for as long as they want without spending any money. Players will be able to progress to driver level 10 but once they’ve reached that level, they will not be able to progress past it. They will be able to continue to play, for free, for as long as they want. In order to progress past level 10, the player must purchase the Starter Pack. In addition to being able to progress past driver level 10, players will also receive a bundle of items including:
- $20 USD worth of SpeedBoost ( This is $20 in virtual currency you can spend as you like in the game.
- Bundle of Power Ups (available to all newly created drivers in an account)
- One exclusive vehicle(available to all newly created drivers in an account)

Players who purchase the Starter Pack will not have an unfair advantage over those playing for free.

Our mission with Need for Speed World is to offer a large variety of playing styles for players who choose to pay as well as those playing for free. The experience of both groups of players must be fair and, above all, fun! We will never introduce a mechanic that provides a distinct advantage for those who purchase over those who choose to play for free. Further, the matchmaking system in use in Beta 6 is intended to match players into races against opponents with similar skills and cars. This philosophy applies across the whole game. It's our mission to continually improve and evolve the experience with you as our primary source of input.

The term Starter Pack implies that this is the first of many packs that we’ll have to buy. Is that the case?

No, the Starter Pack is a one-time purchase and once purchased you will not need to spend any more money. We will support Need for Speed World with regular free content updates, available to all players.

If I choose not buy this pack, what’s left for me to do after I reach driver level 10?

There will be lots to do in Need for Speed World for players who have not purchased the Starter Pack. Continue racing with your friends and/or anyone else playing the game, customize your cars, participate in Community events for the chance to win prizes etc… We invite you to play the game free for as long as you like from launch until we can either convince you with awesomeness or you give up on us. We'll keep tuning the experience and adding new ways to play based on your feedback.

What do I get if I pre-order the Starter Pack?

In addition to the item you receive as part of the Starter Pack (see above), you’ll also receive:
- Guaranteed access to the remaining betas
- A one week head-start (July 13-19) on playing Need for Speed World before it goes live with increased XP rewards
- The ability to reserve your driver name before anyone else
- VIP status on display in your driver profile
- Depending on which retailer you pre-order the Starter pack from you’ll receive an exclusive car:
-- SPEEDHUNTERS Edition Toyota Corolla AE86 exclusively from the EA Store ( or EA Store UK (
-- SPEEDHUNTERS Edition Nissan Silvia S15 from Direct2Drive ( or Direct 2 Drive UK (
-- Limited Edition Volkswagen Scirocco from GameStop ( or Gamesload Germany
-- Special Edition Mazda MazdaSpeed3 from Best Buy (, Impulse (, Metaboli UK, Nexway UK or GamersGate UK

How much does the Starter Pack cost?

The Starter Pack costs $19.99 (USD), 14.99 GBP, 199 SEK or 19.99 EUR depending on where you live. Again, it’s a one-time purchase and you get a lot more than $20 worth of goods in the pack.

Where do I pre-order the Starter Pack?

The Starter Pack is available as a digital purchase from the EA Store or the retailers listed below:
- EA Store (
- Direct 2 Drive (
- Metaboli UK
- Nexway UK
- GamersGate UK (
- Gamesload Germany (
North America:
- EA Store (
- Direct2Drive (
- GameStop (
- Best Buy (
- Impulse (

Will I be able to buy the Starter Pack in stores?

Currently the starter pack is available as a digital purchase only.

How can I pay for the Starter Pack?

Please check with each digital retailer partner to find out more about their respective payment options.

How long do I have to pre-order the Starter Pack?

The pre-order offer expires July 19, 2010 so if you are interested in pre-ordering the Starter Pack do it soon.

I don’t live in North America or Europe. Can I still pre-order the Starter Pack?

Need for Speed World will be available in the English and German languages at launch and will only be offered by participating digital retailers in territories that support those languages. The client will be available as a free download for anyone via

Hopefully this FAQ has answered all your questions. If you have any more questions, please feel free to email NFS Drew ( and he’ll be able to answer your questions.

06-05-2010, 01:10 PM
So what does EA get from the players that do not pay anything to play? Is it Malware? They are getting something in return for a free game and keeping their servers running for all those people.

Personaly I see this game exercise as a waste of time for EA and all those involved playing it. So everyone can download it and play for free.....this leads to a real quality game experience I'm sure.

EA should have just made the game offline playable, complete on DVD and released it as NFS Ultimate for $20. As it is, when EA decides to shut their servers off for this game, all those that purchased any of several "game packages" at $20 each will be shoot out of luck. I thought people already learned something from MCOL but I guess not.

Seriously, with games like Burnout Paradise, Split Second, Blur, and now TDU2 being released at about the same time as NFSW, who is even going to bother playing NFSW? People that can't afford to buy games that's who.

06-05-2010, 01:25 PM
Actually, it`s not so bad paying 20$ for it, especially since it`s one time only.
However the question that raises is, what happens if the money they made on the starter pack runs out on keeping the servers alive + for developing more gameplay features? Will they make a Racer pack, then later a Pro pack? For additional 20$? Will they open donations for additional, this time unfair, content? This brings me to my next question:
It`s never as simple as that, that players who don`t pay and those who do pay will not have any game experience differences. They don`t even tell us what`s the difference, except for the level. So, if higher levels enable new races, new cars + stuff, can you even call it indifferent? Logically the payers have the advantage of cars, at the very least.

If i`m wrong on this, EA has prolly gone mad and is trying to bankrupt itself, which is doubtful, so i must be right.

06-06-2010, 02:06 PM
Well....ok the game is cool, but the starter pack is a bit too much. I mean, I would just wait until the whole game comes out on July 20, and then have all the cars, powerups, and so on....Unless.....they may not include all of those in the actual game release (talking to self: THEY BETTER PUT EVERYTHING IN!).

06-06-2010, 02:19 PM
So what does EA get from the players that do not pay anything to play? Is it Malware? They are getting something in return for a free game and keeping their servers running for all those people.

EA uses quite a substantial amount of in game advertising, and since the games are logged to how many session users there are, I would expect that they are given $x per user in session (or per user hour even?). The billboards are placed strategically enough that everyone should theoretically see an ad at least once per their session.

06-06-2010, 03:49 PM
I do see something else happening here. There are some MMO's that are indeed free to play. However one still needs to spend "Real" money in order to access stuff which is required in order to truely advance. Want that turbo upgrade??? whip out the credit card or access the paypal account. That's the kind of stuff I see happening with World Online. However, this Kind of stuff really is needed in order to keep the servers maintained and running properly. Basically what I see is this. If one wants to move beyond a "Starter" Factory stock vehicle, then you will have to open your "Real World" wallet in order to do so. World Online is something that I will probably not be getting. I also see the same demolition derby stuff happening in this title that I have seen in the previous ones.

06-26-2010, 01:29 PM
Ok so...

If i buy starter pack in say, a week, i still get all applicable things? So after launch i get Speed Boost, no lvl cap, exclusive car ? Because when i saw pricing for my country i noticed its like 4/7 of the original price i THOUGHT i'd have to pay, which makes for a quite cheap game, and that leads me to another question. Is it worth it to buy it for so much cheaper?

06-26-2010, 01:58 PM
Well, supposedly u could buy the pack until a week before release...I think...or maybe the DAY before release of the pack..I'm not sure...U still should get ur SpeedBoost (of which I still have no idea what it does xD) Well, it IS ALWAYS worth it buying stuff that is cheaper ^^, and you don't have to worry about anything (I hope) because it has combined Carbon Map & Most Wanted Map, the newest cars are coming through updates to the game, and it's a WORLD of racing ^^ I just hope that you have the option of making your OWN server or something like that, so that only YOUR friends can come in. That would be nice xD because les say you were in the server for like 30 min, cops already on your tail, and your friends just log in, and they go like, "WTF MAN?! already with cops on your tail?" u know, that kinda stuff.

08-02-2010, 12:40 PM
OK, so there is advertising on bill boards, which I haven't even noticed yet at level 4. But it looks like there is more to proffit from micro transactions in this "game".

My son started a game on my account yesterday and quickly got past my level to level 5. From what he was saying you have to buy your way through this "free" game. He also noticed that he could not add a second car to his garage, even though he had enough money to do so. Also, the virtual money needed in the game (Boost) to advance must be purchased online with real money. This can be in the form of the Starter Pack or smaller transactions to buy only what you want.

Either way, the moment you spend one dime on this game, it is no longer free to play. So this is not a free game. It is an extended demo designed to lighten your wallet a little at a time if you ever want to get past the 10th demo tier.

I doubt EA is ever planning on unlocking beyond tier 10 for non-paying players. If they did, it would outrage the people that payed to get that unlocked. Those of us that own MW and Carbon already are not interested in paying again to play games we already own. So while the game looks and plays good once you get your controller working, it's clear that NFSW is only a demo of a full online retail game that you buy in pieces to unlock. It is NOT a free game at all. It is not designed to be free. The EA team is trying to put a lie over you on that one.

10-01-2010, 08:42 PM
^ i second that