Need for Speed: Unbound Vol. 7 Patch Notes - All Content Included in Update

Need for Speed: Unbound Volume 7 Patch Notes
Credit: EA / Criterion

Need for Speed: Unbound Volume 7 Patch Notes
Credit: EA / Criterion

We've got the full and confirmed Need for Speed: Unbound Vol. 7 Patch Notes right here!

Need for Speed: Unbound is winding the clock back to the Underground days by introducing features from the series' glory days. NFS Unbound Volume 7 also sees new cars, playlists, customizable parts and a whole lot more!

Here's the full patch notes for Need for Speed: Unbound Vol. 7!

Need for Speed: Unbound Vol. 7 Patch Notes

Volume 7 brings us plenty of nostalgia in the form of Drift and Drag game modes being added to Need for Speed: Unbound. These are inspired from the Underground games, as is the new League System.

Need for Speed: Unbound Vol. 7 Patch Notes
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There's also a few new cars available to unlock and a heap of new customizable car upgrades.

Criterion have been hard at work adding new Playlists for both Drift and Drag mode have been added to PVP and Free Roam.

Unbound Vol. 7 Full Patch Notes

We'll start with the gameplay additions for Volume 7 and there have been a lot of them confirmed for this update:

  • Added Drag Mode in PVP and Free Roam
  • Added Drift Pro Mode in PVP and Free roam
  • Added Drift Tires for Improved Drift Handling
  • Added League in Free Roam
  • Added Community Challenge in League
  • Added New PVP Races - New volume means of course, new races, new Legends playlist and now including Drag and Drift.
    • 37 Additional Playlists
    • 20 Drift Pro Routes - 10 new 10 remixed
    • 37 Drag Routes (All new Routes)
    • 10 Brand new race routes for the NFS Legends Playlists. This includes being able to drive in Eddie’s and Rachel’s icon Skyline and 350z.
    • 4 Equal Performance Playlists for the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse ‘24
    • 4 Equal Performance Playlists for the new BMW M3 Competition Touring ‘23
  • Added New Races, Events and changed our Meetup structure in Free Roam. New races and events can be played in Free Roam as they can in PVP. Additionally you can equip drift pro tires to then take to the streets of Lakeshore. In order to make things a little easier to find too, you will see that meetups now how specific event types:
    • University Meetup contains Drift Pro Events
    • Storm Drain Meetup contains Drag Events
    • Powderhound Meetup contains Drift, Gauntlet, and Rumble Events
    • Dunder M Park contains Car-Locked Events (Nissan only, Audi only, etc.)
    • Motor City B and A+ Tier Street Races
    • Jeferson Meetup A and S Tier Street Races
    • Edgewater S+ Tier Street Races
  • Increased Max Rank

Max rank will now be increased to 250! Think of these new 50 ranks as more exclusive, Underground themed and accompanied by Rank icons, titles and banner art unlocking every 10 ranks.


  • Added New Cars

There is a crazy amount of cars both new and custom up for grabs in this volume!

Keeping it wagon alongside the RS6 from volume 6 is the BMW M3 Competition Touring ‘23, and bringing more horses than the Cheltenham races (it's a UK thing give it a google) the absolute brute that is the Ford Mustang Dark Horse ‘24. Of course both come with our updated handling model you will have tired with our Audi’s in Vol 6:

*** Added Ford Mustang Dark Horse ‘24 w/ 3 bodykits

^ Added BMW M3 Competition Touring ‘23 w/ 3 bodykits

*** Melissa’s Custom Mitsubishi Eclipse from Need For Speed Underground

*** Speedhunters Drift Custom BMW M3 Competition Touring ‘23

*** Speedhunters Drag Custom Ford Mustang Dark Horse ‘24

^ Need For Speed Underground series inspired Drag BMW M3 Competition Touring ‘23

*** Need For Speed Underground series inspired Drift Ford Mustang Dark Horse ‘24

/ 4 Lakeshore Racer vehicles (check back each week for what!)

/ Community Challenge Custom….???

*** Available in Premium Speed Pass

^ Available in Free Speed Pass

/ Available for free in Leagues play in Free Roam

Speed Pass

We can't forget about the Speed Pass either, which has a lot of customization options added in Volume 7:

  • Added LED Rims - Check out our teasing to see them in action more but think GIf playing on your rims as you drive and you spin the wheel more. A bunch here inspired by NFS Underground!
  • Added LED Plates - A similar thing but wheel spinning is not required! Check out again some of the crazy Underground series nods.
  • Added Beat-matched Rim - Ok this one is pretty crazy, equip this and the waveform displayed on the LED rim will change depending on the beat of the music playing…see to believe!
  • New decal: Ode to Neville - As a nod to our fallen brother Chris Gauthier who played Neville in Need For Speed Carbon, we have added his iconic Octopus decal. Show us your creations with this. Love and prayers with his family and those that knew him, R.I.P Chris.
  • Added spinners - Wouldn't be Underground without Spinner right? New twist here is that we are rocking them on LED rims! Check them out in the Speed Pass.
  • Added new rims - New real rims! There are 6 new rims up for grabs in the pass too, all free and with some brands like Rotiform.
  • Added new Premium VFX - Rip up the Road (for drifting) and Burn up the Road (for drag racing) - 2 New driving effects with some variations of each for you to slay some tyres with in style.
  • Added New Titles - There are a whole bunch of new titles to unlock, fully hitting on the vibes of the past too! What way to pledge your allegiance to your fav NFS of old than slamming it in people's faces on the results screen!
  • And of course a whole lot more:
    • Plates
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  • Decals
  • Transparent turbo fans
  • Underglows
  • Character skins
  • And projections
  • XP boosts
  • Twin smoke

Quality of Life Improvements and Fixes

  • Added Manual reset on track - With this we heard how it can be super frustrating when you crash, do not get auto reset and are then left alone….in the cold…out of the action. Well fear not! Manual reset is here, Manual reset is enabled in checkpoint game modes in the following situations:
  1. Player is facing the wrong way and speed is under 30mph
  2. Speed is under 30mph

A prompt will appear depending on your platform of choice and you can get back into the action!

  • Made changes to the suspension damping values - This is to improve curb reactions at high speed, we hear you on the issues here and have tried something to help without having to change our whole handling model.
  • Fixed a bug where the next Speed Pass reward would show the wrong award when the player had exactly enough XP to complete rank 1
  • Banner rewards now only shown in the MP reward screen
  • Fixed PS5 Dolby Atmos support
  • Fixed resetting at high speed on "Gotta be Shittin' Me" so you don't go flying off the track after being reset
  • The Audi R8 is now awarded at the start of the game, like all other speedpass cars
  • More CPU spike reductions, specifically targeted at activities in the open world and circuit game modes.
  • Fixed lobby invites sometimes not showing the "new" sticker when they should be
  • Fix collectable XP notifications sometimes showing the wrong value
  • Fixed a bug where the camera would try to avoid a car the player has no collision with in Drift events
  • Fixed an issue where players would rarely not receive a Speed Pass reward when switching console / save game
  • Fixed an issue in MP when some of the cops that were in an active pursuit of a player would stop seeing them if another nearby player left the server

*Requires NFS Unbound (sold separately) and all game updates.

**Premium Speed Pass Content requires Premium Speed Pass and Need for Speed Unbound (sold separately) and all game updates. Requires gameplay to unlock. You must log in before the end of Vol. 7 to claim your reward. Failure to log in and claim during this period will result in forfeiting the reward.

Need for Speed Unbound's Vol.7 update is available to download now on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

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