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, 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.
Downtown Palm City
Palm City Raceway
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 dealerships found across Palm City.
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.
- ↑ 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