Payday 3: Swedish game developers Starbreeze announced back in February that the sequel to Payday 2, and the third main entry in Overkill Studios’ first-person FPS shooter series, was in the pipeline. The news was a happy one for fans of the series that first came into being in 2011. While FPS games have always been available in abundance, Payday: The Heist arrived with a fresh new twist to the genre. Since then, the games have allowed players to assume the part of a member from a group of bona fide outlaws who go about robbing everything from banks to drug dealers in masks that represent popular games from the past to the presidents of the United States. Numerous patches and DLC made sure that players never reached a saturation level. No wonder the game was a huge hit and found a cult following, and that’s why the hype regarding Payday 3 is rising exponentially with every passing days.
Payday 2 expanded on just about everything that the 2011 original had to offer. That meant more characters to choose from, more weapons, and added gameplay elements, all of which went into making it one of the most notable titles of 2013. Scope for doubt was at a minimum about a future game at the time. But many months rolled by without us hearing anything about a possible next title, and the chances of us getting Payday 3 began looking increasingly dismal. That was until Starbreeze, who acquired Overkill in 2012, had something positive to share after getting the rights to the franchise last year.
Payday 3: When Will We See It?
We have known that Payday 3 was coming for a while, but there were no specific detail about the studio’s plans. However, back in February this year, Starbreeze out the rumors to rest by confirming that work on the next iteration had begun in full swing. What kind of over-the-top craziness can we hope to see this time? No ideas yet.
Despite the fact that Payday 3 has been officially confirmed by its creators, the fact remains that the game is only in its early stages of production. Starbreeze made the announcement at their 2017 earnings call, but added that there is no telling when the game will be released. That means that Payday 3 does not have a possible release date yet. But at least we can take comfort in knowing that the title is in production.
Here’s what Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint had to say about Payday 3’s current stage: “It is with great satisfaction that we also can announce that PAYDAY 3 production is officially initiated and at a full design stage. I’d like to especially clarify, that this project will enjoy as much time as we deem needed. It will be done when it’s done. This is our single most important brand today and the cornerstone of our business and we will treat it accordingly. Updates in the near future might be (scarce) and far between. You simply don’t rush Payday 3.”
What we can make out of this is the fact that we will not be hearing about the upcoming game in quite a while. While the title itself has been announced, developers are often not likely to share many details about their every plan and move regarding it. However, the studio assured that with their most recent acquisitions and investments, they have the strength and capability to focus on their upcoming AAA scale productions. That’s good news, isn’t it? So even though it saddens us to think there won’t be anything to see during the upcoming E3 (Starbreeze’s participation in the event is unconfirmed), we look forward to a great game that won’t be finished off in a rush.
Payday 3: Gameplay and Features Wishlist
Fans have been holding on to their Payday 3 wishlists for a long time now. The Heist was a game that left everyone asking for more, and Payday 2 lived up to the general expectations, thanks to the improved graphics and much better gameplay elements. Now that Payday 3 is on the way, and Starbreeze has made their ambitions clear about the next title, we don’t just expect the massive improvements that need to happen, but we are also looking forward to a number of new elements to make the Heists better and badder.
Going by Starbreeze’s statement about Payday 3, the game’s development has only begun recently. That means that there is a long way to go before the title is ready for launch. That also means that there is a long time for the creators to ideate over what they wish to achieve with the new title and work on the technology accordingly. They may even come up with different models to see which one or ones they like best for all we know. The fact is that have made no commitments about a possible release window, which gives them all the time in the world to go about their business to bring the series back with a bang.
Needless to say, we have tonnes of expectations about Payday 3, so while we know absolutely nothing about the upcoming game, there are a few things we would like to see. Fan forums are going wild too, if you have noticed. We hope the creators make note of these.
Way More Customization: No, seriously, we loved what we got in Payday 2, but they somehow managed to leave us yearning for more. Both existing Payday games are so unique because they offer the player so much freedom. We are not just talking about the gameplay here, but there is something truly liberating about them. We loved that Payday 2 introduced customization to ensure that our gear could be tweaked to our liking and be add to the uniqueness. But deeper customization abilities will only make the characters and the overall game feels more relatable. Yes, we do feel the need for some degree of relatability because there generally isn’t much of a story/background/empathy thing going on in the Payday games. So maybe for Payday 3, the option to customize will not be limited to the masks and weapons. How cool would full boy customization be for the characters? Your thoughts?
Multiplayer: We expect Payday 3 to be no different from the previous games in terms of the core basics, which means that there will be an awesome multiplayer for us and our friends alongside single player mode. But there are certain things that we would love to see being added to Payday 3’s multiplayer. The first one is pretty basic- the co-op could perhaps support up to eight this time (this shouldn’t even be a problem if Payday 3 brings in as many heisters as its immediate predecessor). But for one more wish, we would love to see the multiplayer being expanded to host PvP modes too. We know that any fans are against this one, but what harm could y possibly do to the existing model? In a properly laid out PvP, we players could choose which characters to play as- not just heisters. There are so many AI-driven characters in the game’s world that could be taken control of, like the police for instance, or any other enemy.
Engine Upgrade: Payday 2 may have been awesome game, but it was let down by a number of oversights on behalf of the creators. Even if the weak graphics could be pardoned, what made absolutely no sense was the horrid driving experience within the game. Though they were eventually given their fixes, bugs were another major problem area. Why should there be so many to begin with? Glitches are normal on any technical front, but only within reason. There is only one way to address all of these problems that should have never arisen in the first place- a much needed engine upgrade. Payday 3 should be built on a more updated, more powerful engine to deliver smoother graphical textures and overall technical betterment.
Better Console Support: This does not fall under either features or gameplay, but why Payday’s console counterparts do not get the same amount of love as their PC version is beyond us. In the wake of Payday 2, which offered excellent support for the PC games, many console owners were left unhappy. Not only were the bugs persistent, but there was not nearly enough updates to get them out. We don’t see the point, but perhaps the creators have some significant plans in this regard. It s notable that Payday 3 has only been confirmed for PC platforms as of now, with no console build mentioned yet. It isn’t likely that they will cancel them entirely, but maybe they aren’t quite ready to talk about it yet. If the game does make it to the PS4, we want serious support to back it up.
Payday 3 Trailer
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Payday 3 Release Date and Platforms
As we have mentioned above, Starbreeze has made no commitments about a possible release date. But we can’t imagine that means a decade in development. It is impossible to guess at a release window for Payday 3 right now, but we hope to get a look at the game sometime soon. As for the platforms, we know that the developers plan to release it on PC. A console version is also extremely likely, so it will most probably also arrive for the PS4.
Not much more to say here besides we are really excited to see what will be done with Payday 3, and we hope to know more soon. If you’re a Heister, let us know in the comments below what changes you would like to see in the fresh new entry, or what you think should be brought back. You can also check out thoughts on Starbreeze’s other highly-anticipated title, Psychonauts 2, here.
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