‘Payday 3’ lands in first new game announcement for 2023

It’s either a very good idea or a very bad idea to announce your upcoming game on New Year’s Eve, but it was enough to make me sit up and take notice given how little other gaming news ever drops during this time.

Payday 3 was was announced late yesterday, and enters the first news cycle of 2023 here. The announcement was made with a short teaser video and a link where you can already wishlist the game on Steam:

The game will be released in 2023, according to the announcement, for both console and PC, though no specific date or window was given. Here’s the description for the game listed on Steam:

“PAYDAY 3 is the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular co-op shooters ever. Since its release, PAYDAY players have been enjoying the thrill of a perfectly planned and executed heist. That’s what makes PAYDAY a high-octane, co-op FPS experience like no other.

Come out of retirement and back into the life of crime in the shoes of the Payday gang, the envy of their peers and the nightmare of law enforcement wherever they go. Several years after the crew’s reign of terror in Washington, D.C. ends, they come together once again to face the threat that pushed them out of early retirement.”

It’s been almost a decade since Payday 2 was released in August 2013. As part of Steam’s Winter Sale, the game is currently 90% off for 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents.

Payday 2 had an interesting decade, where it veered between mass popularity and financial problems for its parent publisher Starbreeze Studios, which resulted in a halt in development in 2018. But after the restructuring, Starbreeze and Overkill continued the work on the game in October 2019 and therefore has accumulated a total of 10 DLC heists over the years.

One of his biggest controversies came in 2015 when he added safes to the card drop system that could lead to increased power for weapons, and a month later, he ran into trouble again when a new pack contained more than just cosmetics. This was back in the heyday of the loot box, but even then, this was considered going too far for fans who supported monetization and criticized Overkill. In 2016, Starbreeze acquired the rights to Payday and stated that this thing would stop happening.

Payday 1 and 2 have reportedly sold more than 9 million units combined, although that was in 2014 and the figures may be quite out of date. 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 views in half a day, there seems to be plenty of interest.

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