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Platform Win, PS3, 360 Publisher 505 Games Developer Overkill Software Release Date 2013-08-13

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Payday 2 review: the getaway

In Overkill Software's sequel to 2011's Payday: The Heist, four humans must work together to complete increasingly elaborate heists, from local jewelry stores to a senator's multi-story penthouse. The game contains various stages and missions that are to be repeated innumerable times. Variety stems from procedurally generated elements: the location of a vault, the number of security gates, the position of security cameras, the length and capability of the waves of police officers and more are different every playthrough. Sometimes you get a lucky break; most times plans get botched and you're surrounded by cops, snipers and helicopters. That's where time comes in. The police of Payday 2 are soft opponents on their own. When working with experienced players, it's possible to dispatch...

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Payday 2 lead leaves AAA to start indie studio

After almost two years with Payday developer Overkill Software, Payday 2 game director David Goldfarb has left to make his own independent studio in Stockholm, he tells Polygon. "I have decided to move on," says Goldfarb. "It's all on good terms and I think [Overkill] is well positioned to succeed. They're doing great. They'll continue to succeed as the last Steam sales indicate. Super smart people over there." The designer's career history in various AAA studios stretches back 15 years. Goldfarb first joined Overkill in 2012 after a period with EA Digital Illusions CE where he worked on Mirror's Edge and Battlefield 3 among others. After over a decade in the trenches of AAA development, he tells us he is looking for the kind of creative freedom that a studio of his own can offer. '...

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Payday 2's first DLC packs finally hit PS3

The first downloadable content packs for co-op shooter Payday 2, previously only released for the Windows PC version, are available now on PlayStation 3, 505 Games and Overkill Software announced today. The publisher initially revealed its plans during E3 to release the DLC packs on PS3 and Xbox 360. The DLC roll-out includes the Armored Transport DLC, which allows groups of up to four players to rob armored transport vehicles and trains, as well as the first two Gage Weapon Packs. All three packs add a multitude of new weapons and weapon modifications — such as frag grenades and auto-fire abilities, cloakers, light machine guns — masks and other customization materials. Players can purchase all packs as the Swag Bag #1 for $10.00. Payday 2's DLC packs are currently available on the...

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Payday 2: The Big Bank Heist DLC trailer, E3 2014

505 Games announced a massive DLC update for Payday 2 at this year's E3. The cops-and-robbers FPS for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC adds a new mission, as well as a "pre-planning" among others. You can read more on the DLC here, and be sure to read our review. To see the rest of our E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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Payday 2's Big Bank DLC replayability is almost organic

Starbreeze Studios' cooperative shooter Payday 2's upcoming Big Bank downloadable content pack, which features the biggest heist put together for the game to date, offers players more replayabity and greater depth with the new features it introduces. Big Bank tasks players with taking down the Benevolent Bank in the game's biggest heist and larger vaults to crack, stronger guards to take down, higher rewards along with the new the Dentist Contact, voiced by Breaking Bad and Revolution actor Giancarlo Esposito. "He's is going to take the Payday gang to the next level you ono this time around he has got to teach them how to pre-plan for a heist, " Almir Listo, investor relations at Starbreeze Studio told Polygon, explaining that The Denitist's meticulous planning is tied in with the...

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Payday 2's first two DLC packs coming to PS3, Xbox 360

The first two downloadable content packs for co-op shooter Payday 2, previously available only for the Windows PC version, will be available soon for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, publisher 505 Games announced today. This DLC roll-out includes the Armored Transport DLC —  which grants groups of up to four players the ability to rob armored transport vehicles and trains — as well as the first two Gage Weapon Packs. All three packs add dozens of new weapons and weapon modifications — such as frag grenades and auto-fire abilities, cloakers, light machine guns — masks and other customization materials. Payday 2's DLC packs are currently available on the Windows PC version, with the most recent  one, the Big Bank Heist, playable at E3 this week. For more details on gameplay, c...

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Payday 2 to showcase its biggest heist yet at E3

Publisher 505 Games will be showcasing cooperative shooter Payday 2's upcoming Big Bank downloadable content pack, which features the biggest heist put together for the game to date, the company announced today. At the dedicated Payday 2 booth in Los Angeles Convention Center's West Hall consumer area, 505 Games will give E3 attendees hands-on time with the DLC. Additionally, attendees who stop by the booth can snag swag like Nvidia Titan graphics cards and Logitech hardware kits through giveaways and mini competitions. Big Bank tasks players with taking down the Benevolent Bank in the game's biggest heist, rewarding them with bigger vaults to crack, stronger guards to take down, higher rewards and the new the Dentist Contact, voiced by Breaking Bad and Revolution actor Giancarlo...

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Payday 2 trailer won't help your fear of the dentist, or Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito

Payday 2 has a new, menacing contact to add to its roster known as The Dentist — a character introduced in the latest trailer featuring Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito. The eight-and-a-half minute video features one of the game's characters in the flesh as he makes a trip to get his teeth looked at. But his dentist, played by Esposito, has other plans for him. According to the game's site, the new downloadable content, The Big Bank Heist, will be available June 17; it will introduce a new mission, a "pre-planning" feature and new masks. It also teases a look at the content during E3 2014 next week, stating "visit us at E3 and be the first to break the big bank." Payday 2 recently received its first stealth-only job in franchise history. Called The Shadow Raid heist, the DLC tasks...

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Payday 2: The Shadow Raid Heist introduces the first 'stealth only' job for the series

Payday 2: The Shadow Raid Heist, the latest free update for Overkill's heist-based shooter, will launch May 29 for Windows PC, ushering in the first stealth only job in the PayDay franchise. Players are tasked with covertly breaking into a derelict warehouse operated by the Murkywater Corporation with the aim to see what is stashed in the shipping containers. If spotted, the alarm will go off giving players only 60 seconds to finish up and vanish. Bonus treasure is located inside a key-card secured, timelocked vault. Those who successfully break into the vault without tripping the alarm will be given a special reward. Six new achievements of ramping difficulty rolling out with The Shadow Raid Heist include "mall ninja" to "elite ghost," where players have to get everything out...

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Payday 2 developer Overkill teases upcoming Election Day DLC

A new video from Payday 2 developer Overkill Software teases upcoming DLC for the multiplayer heist game. The Election Day DLC tasks players with placing GPS trackers onto trucks transporting ballot machines in order to switch the machines after votes are placed. The studio remains mum on additional details about the upcoming DLC, while a release window is also unclear. A promotional website launched this week featuring a fictional political campaign for mayoral candidate Bob McKendrick. Overkill's parent company Starbreeze Studio recently signed a reworked Payday 2 contract with publisher 505 Games, replacing the old agreement of five DLC packages and committing to another two other years of DLC for Payday 2. This follows a positive turn-around in the company's latest earnings report...

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Starbreeze turns around 15-year loss in 6 months, commits two more years of Payday 2 DLC

Starbreeze has turned around a 15-year long net loss within six months, according to the company's half-year earnings report, attributed to healthy digital sales and the success of Payday 2 and Brothers: A tale of Two Sons. "To put the past six months in perspective, I would like to highlight that Starbreeze historically, from 1998 to June 2013, accumulated a total loss of SEK 94 million ($14.4 million)," according to CEO Bo Andersson Klint. "Thanks to our new business model, reorganization and a focus on our own brands, we have — in only two quarters — generated a profit before tax of SEK 104 million ($15.94 million). I would like to think that is what they call a turnaround." Bo Andersson attributes the success of the latest quarter to "a working digital pulse sale that mainly...

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 08/13/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Overkill Software
    • Score 7.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/16/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Overkill Software
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/16/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Overkill Software
    • Score 7.5
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