Developer Overkill today announced plans to introduce changes to Payday 2's safes and remove drills from the game to be "in compliance with the relevant laws".
A Payday 2 update scheduled to launch next week will completely remove drills, replacing those still in players' inventories with a safe of their associated type, while safes will no longer be tradeable on the Steam marketplace or between users.
Payday 2 Changes Safes, Removes Drills
The seven safes currently not obtainable through means other than the Steam Marketplace – which are also the first ones released for the title – will be added to Payday 2's rotation of droppable safes, albeit with low drop chances.
Although players will no longer be able to trade safes after next week's update, they can still open them and freely trade the skins contained within.
"We are making some changes to our safes to ensure that the popo won’t raid us (again). You still have a couple of days to purchase safes and drills with our current system, but after we make the change you can open any safe* without having to purchase a drill.", developer Overkill concluded in the post announcing the change.
After a period of financial uncertainty for publisher Starbreeze, Payday 2 development resumed back in October, more paid DLC being on the way.