Payday 2 Summary
Swedish publisher Starbreeze have announced their acquisition of the Payday franchise from 505 Games. This purchase has cost Starbreeze around $30m dollars. In the company’s press release, Starbreeze has also announced the development of Payday 3. The press release does not state any details about Payday 3’s release date or anything the game may contain, but we’ll be looking for any news from Starbreeze over the coming months.
As a result of this acquisition, Starbreeze will not only receive the full rights to the Payday franchise for all future developments and commercialisation, they will also receive full net revenue from Payday 2 on Steam retroactively from May 1st. The console versions of Payday will continue to have the revenue split between Starbreeze and 505 Games, just as the two companies did before the acquisition.
Overkill has announced some new DLC for their co-op heist game PayDay 2 based on the movie Point Break (the remake, but it's hard to differentiate so it's easy to pretend it's the original 1990's film.) One DLC will be a premium pack, while the other is free. The DLC is being produced in collaboration with Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures and Lionsgate.
So, the situation with Overkill has gone completely downhill regarding the, which involved the Sputnik Loot Safe that required a fee to open to get weapon skins that had a small boost and stat tweak. They then released The Completely Overkill Pack for $19.99, in which each owner of the pack received an exclusive set of safe and drill and are entitled to one item (a weapon skin) out of the available 25, without having to pay the per-time fee.
That resulted in the moderators going on strike because of death threats in the forum, who have demanded that Overkill explain themselves, which they did.
Overkill is dealing with a major fan outcry after the announcement at Crimefest, their, of the new "Black Market" update that has a Safe loot drop after missions, but requires $2.49 to open.
The latest PayDay 2adds random drops containing various items including 'Safes'; these can't be opened up unless you purchase a 'Drill' for €2.20/$2.50 in real money.
It's the first real appearance of microtransactions in the game, which has of course had a bucketload of additional DLC. Safes contain new weapon skins, but also - and here's the problem - have a chance of boosting each gun's stats.