How to access Need for Speed Unbound early

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Here’s a few ways you can gain early access to Need for Speed Unbound and the Palace Edition via pre-order, EA Play and EA Play Pro.
Need for Speed Unbound available via early access in a variety of ways

Put those graffiti cannisters away. Need for Speed Unbound may be launching on 2nd December 2022, but you can dive into the streets of Lakeshore early thanks to a few options, including a pre-purchase of a unique Palace Edition.

You could wait for the standard edition, at no extra cost. Or you can cough up a couple extra bucks, become a monthly subscriber and even pay a little extra for an extended demo experience.

Here’s the scoop on each of the ways you can buy Need for Speed Unbound Palace Edition, available for play next week.


If you pre-order the Palace Edition of NFS Unbound, then you’ll gain access to the game from 29th November 2022, plus exclusive Unbound content.

The Need for Speed Unbound Palace Edition includes:

  • Four new Palace-branded custom cars, including Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series 2020, VW Mk1 Golf Gti 1976, BMW E30 M3 1988 and Mercedes-AMG G 63 2017
  • Palace Driving Effects
  • Palace Clothing Pack containing 20 items
  • Palace Decals and ‘Palifornia’ License Plate
  • Tri-Ferg Character Pose and Palace Banner Artwork
  • Driving Effect
  • License Plate
  • Banner Artwork and Sticker
  • $150,000 Bank (Multiplayer use only)

NFS Unbound Palace Edition will be available on all platforms and allows users three days early access to the above content.

There’s a catch, though. The Palace Edition is only available digitally and will set you back $79.99/£79.99 when purchased on PC Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S. If you opt for the Standard Edition, you’ll pay $69.99/£69.99 for the same above platforms.


EA Play subscribers can play up to 10 hours of Need for Speed Unbound on PC, PlayStation and Xbox from 29th November (8AM CET).

You’ll also save 10% when you pre-order NFS Unbound as an EA Play member, which affords you even more rewards, exclusive content, new-release trials and access to a library of top titles.

If you decide to buy Need for Speed Unbound after playing during the Early Access period, your saved progress will carry over to the full game. EA Play costs $4.99/£3.99 per month or save by purchasing an annual subscription for $29.99/£19.99.

In-depth Speed Race gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Unbound released


EA Play Pro is a PC-only subscription (via Origin and the EA app) and a notch above EA Play when it comes to extra content. Both subs will give you access to Early Access (29th November); however, there is no 10-hour time limit, which means you can take in as much of Lakeshore City as your heart desires.

As with EA Play, users unlock recurring member-only rewards, receive exclusive content, are afforded new-release trials and The Play List, a library of top titles. With EA Play Pro, members will also receive four Custom Cars, Mashman Decals and License Plate, a unique Character Pose and Banner Artwork and an epic Clothing Pack featuring 20 special items.

Subscribe to EA Play Pro for $14.99/£14.99 per month or pay annually and save 44% for $99.99/£89.99.


If you wait for the Standard Edition on 2nd December, you’ll still receive the base game, but can access the following exclusive content via pre-order:

  • Driving Effect
  • License Plate
  • Banner Artwork and Sticker
  • $150,000 Bank (Multiplayer use only)

Will you purchase early and get your NFS Unbound Palace Edition on or twiddle your thumbs for 2nd December? Whatever you decide, we hope you light up the streets of Lakeshore City and enjoy the cars, fashion, music and customisation!

Via EA

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