It’s either a really good idea or a really bad idea to announce your next game on New Year’s Eve, but it was enough to make me sit up and take notice, given how little other news there is on the games that fall during this period.
Payday 3 was announcement late yesterday, and spreading into the first news cycle of 2023 here. The announcement was made with a short teaser video and a link where you can already list the game on Steam:
The game will be released in 2023, according to the announcement, on both console and PC, although no specific date or window was given. Here is the description of the game listed on Steam:
“PAYDAY 3 is the highly anticipated sequel to one of the most popular co-op shooters of all time. Since its release, PAYDAY players have relished the thrill of a perfectly planned and executed heist. that makes PAYDAY an unparalleled cooperative FPS experience.
Come out of retirement and return to the life of crime as the Payday Gang, the envy of their peers and the nightmare of law enforcement wherever they go. Several years after the end of the crew’s reign of terror over Washington D.C., they reunite once again to deal with the threat that brought them out of early retirement.
Almost a decade has passed since the release of Payday 2, released in August 2013. As part of Steam’s winter sale, the game is currently 90% off and costs 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents.
Payday 2 had an interesting decade, where it oscillated between mass popularity and the financial troubles of its parent publisher Starbreeze Studios, leading to a halt in development in 2018. But, after the restructuring, Starbreeze and Overkill resumed work on the game in October 2019, and as such it has racked up a total of 10 DLC heists over the years.
One of his biggest controversies came in 2015 when he added safes to the card deposit system, which could lead to increased weapon power, and a month later he again encountered issues when a new pack contained more than cosmetic additions. It was back to the height of the loot box era, but even then it was considered going too far for fans who pushed back on monetization and criticized Overkill. In 2016, Starbreeze acquired the rights to Payday and said that this stuff would stop happening.
Apparently, Payday 1 and 2 together sold over 9 million units, although that dates back to 2014 and the numbers might be quite outdated. It remains to be seen how well Payday 3 will fare a decade after the original, but with 44,000 likes on its announcement tweet and 2 million impressions in half a day, there seems to be good interest.
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