Palm City is a fictional Florida city that is the open world setting of Need for Speed: Heat.
The name of the city, and surrounding location, was revealed as the setting for Need for Speed: Heat on August 14, 2019, with an in-depth article being published to the official Need for Speed website on October 11, 2019.
The open world location is a fictional representation of south-east United States, with inspiration coming from two states in particular; Florida and Georgia, and can be explored during either during the day or at night. Inspirational ques for the setting include Miami, St. Petersburg, Key West, Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, the Everglades, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, PortMiami, and the Columbus Quarry.
A dynamic weather system can change the driving conditions from dry to wet through differing amounts of rain, as well as fog and mist.
Bayview Park can be found in north-east Palm City. It is a smaller scale business district made up of various office complexes, condominiums, and apartment complexes.
Blackwood Heights can be found in central Palm City.
Cape Castille can be found in south Palm City. It is an airbase built and dedicated to the construction of space launch operations, including a rocket constructing complex and various launch sites. One launch site, Hawking Spaceport, has an active rocket.
Cloudbank can be found in north Palm City. It is one of the highest points in Palm City and is home to a vast radio astronomy observatory, Cloudbank Radars, at its peak. Big Ridge Road passes through the observatory.
Downtown Palm City
Downtown Palm City can be found in central-east Palm City. It is the central business district of Palm City and is made up of various skyscrapers, high-rise hotels, and a monorail transport system.
Eden Shores can be found in north-east Palm City. It is a coastal resort district made of up hotels, bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions along a pristine white sand beach.
Edgewood Valley can be found in central Palm City. Some of its notable features include a large abandoned shopping mall, a large parking garage, and an old dirt raceway.
Fairview Fields can be found in southern Palm City. It is made up of various farms as well as multiple crop fields growing produce such as corn and wheat.
Fort Callahan can be found in west Palm City. It has a country town made up of small businesses, motels, and a church. Near the town is the abandoned Fort Callahan Prison.
Frontera Hills can be found in west Palm City.
Grenada Wetlands can be found in south-east Palm City.
Mendoza Keys can be found in south-east Palm City. It is made up of various coral cays connected by multiple bridges spanning across the coast.
Palm City Raceway
The Palm City Speedway can be found in central-east Palm City. It is a tri-oval race track built for stock car racing and an inner dirt track for off-road racing.
Port Murphy can be found in south-west Palm City. It is a dockyard made up of warehouses, silos, shipping districts, container yards, and dockyards. Manticore container port is a hotspot for drifting.
Rockville can be found in north-west Palm City. It has a large limestone quarry
Sandino Ranches can be found in central-south Palm City.
Sandpiper Forest can be found in north Palm City. A forest fire is active in the northern portion of the forest.
Westside can be found in north-east Palm City. North of Westside has Clef Water Treatment Plant, which is popular for drifting.
Palm City Police Department
The Palm City Police Department will engage in pursuit of illegal street racers, with a rogue task force lead by Lt. Mercer leading the police's efforts to stop street racing.
The PCPD has patrol and interceptor units on the streets, and a aerial helicopter unit fitted with an extremely luminous searchlight.
Garages can be found across Palm City and can be purchased with Bank. Each garage offers more opportunities to escape the police at night and be rewarded earned rep.
Safehouses found across Palm City can be used to escape the PCPD during the night.
Cars can be purchased from the dealership near the Palm City Raceway.
Gas Stations can be driven through to fix any car damage and replenish nitrous shots, but can only be used three times during a single pursuit.
Various activities can be found and participated in across Palm City. They have multiple targets that the player can beat to earn rewards.
A Jump activity has a set distance target that the player can beat for a reward.
A Speed Trap activity has a set speed target that the player can beat for a reward.
A Drift Zone activity has a set drift target score that the player must beat to earn a reward.
Collectables can be found hidden across Palm City.
Billboards found across Palm City can be smashed through for a reward.
Flamingos hidden across Palm City can be collected for a reward.
Street Art found across Palm City can be collected and unlocked as a decal that can applied to the player's car.
- The city has locations similarly named or references locations in earlier entries of the Need for Speed series:
- In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, there's a similarly named circuit called Palm City Island.
- Bayview Park is similarly named after Bayview, a city featured in Need for Speed: Underground 2.
- A road sign stating "Lost Vegas only" in Fort Callahan and another stating "Rusty Springs" as a destination in Port Murphy refer to courses in The Need for Speed.
- A "Proving Grounds" sign in Palm City Raceway, a "Last Resort Club" entrance sign in Bayview Park, a "Mystic Peaks" destination signpost near the gas station in Rockville, and a Monolithic Studios entrance sign with the slogan "An eye-popping thrill ride through the magical world of film" within Port Murphy all refer to courses in Need for Speed II.
- A "Redrock Bridge" destination signpost in Cloudbank, an "Atlantica" destination signpost in Bayview Park, and an "Aquatica" destination signpost in Bayview Park all refer to courses in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit and Need for Speed: High Stakes.
- A "Corsica" destination signpost in Blackwood Heights, a "Normandie" destination signpost in Fairview Fields, and a "Schwarzwald" destination signpost in Sandpiper Forest all refer to courses in the PC release of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed.
- A "Fall Winds" destination signpost in Sandpiper Forest, a "Calypso Coast" destination signpost in Cloudbank, and a "Coastal Parklands" destination signpost in Cloudbank all refer to circuits in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.
- A "Site of Port Royal" destination signpost in Port Murphy and an "Olympic City" destination signpost in Downtown Palm City both refer to a city featured in Need for Speed: Underground.
- A road sign for the "Sgt. Cross Memorial Bridge" in Mendoza Keys refers to Jonathan Cross, a character that was introduced in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
- Several straddle carriers in Port Murphy have "Port of Ventura Bay" along them referencing Ventura Bay, a fictional California city featured in which Need for Speed (2015).
- Website: ea.com (2019) Under the Hood: Our Best WorldAvailable at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/news/under-the-hood-our-best-world
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