Swedish games studio Starbreeze has recently let slip that Payday 3 is in the pipeline. The news came in a press release from the studio announcing that they have bought the full rights to the Payday franchise.
Unfortunately – given that this wasn’t primarily a game unveil press release – the details on the title are very light, with only the existence of the game being confirmed. The rest of the information linked to the game details how the money made from Payday 3 would be split amongst Starbreeze and previous publisher 505 Games (of who Starbreeze have bought the Payday rights off of). So there’s no word yet on a release window, platforms or features.
Despite the lack of information on Payday 3, Starbreeze boss Bo Andersson Klint may have inadvertently dropped a slight hint as to when the game could be expected, saying that developer Overkill will continue to support Payday 2 for at least another 18 months (roughly until the end of 2017). So a late 2017/2018 release for Payday 3 could be possible, based on said hint.
Meanwhile, in an update on Payday 2’s Steam page, developer Overkill have said it was ditching the much-maligned micro transactions, and making the game’s black market free for everyone going forward (with more information provided in the video, embedded at the top of this article). Which can only be good news for fans (but maybe coming too late)!
Given the massive – and quick – turnaround on the micro transactions (and the coincidental timing with Starbreeze purchasing the full rights), it seems possible that it was the publisher – 505 Games – that was insistent on the inclusion of micro transactions to profit more from the game. Something – which if true or false – has heavily damaged the reputation of the game.