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

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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 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...

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Payday 2: The Death Wish hustles in new difficulty, masks, enemies and more

Payday 2: The Death Wish, the latest free update for Overkill's heist-based shooter, is now live for Windows PC and introduces a new difficulty, 35 new achievements, new enemies and more. Those who download The Death Wish will receive a free melee weapon, the "350K" brass knuckles, referring to 350,000 community members on Steam. Players have the chance to collect four new masks by beating the hard, very hard, Overkill and Death Wish difficulty levels. Two new enemy types packed in with the update are the Gensec Elite SWAT team and the LMG-wielding Elite Bulldozer. The new difficulty level is available across every heist featured in Payday 2. According to the announcement, The Death Wish introduces new changes to each heist, such as destructible bridges and added skylights to...

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Payday 2 will be free for PS Plus members tomorrow

Overkill Software's co-op shooter Payday 2 will be free to download as of tomorrow for PlayStation Plus members, according to the PlayStation Blog. The game will join the Instant Game Collection and will be available for PlayStation 3 users. Other PS3 titles joining the Instant Game Collection in February include Dontnod Entertainment's Remember Me and 4A Games' Metro: Last Light. During this month, PlayStation Plus members will also receive discounts on Blood Knights and DrawSlasher.

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Free PS Plus games in Feb. include Remember Me, Metro: Last Light

Six games across PlayStation platforms will become free downloads for PlayStation Plus subscribers during the month of February, Sony announced today. As previously announced, Red Barrels Games' horror title Outlast will launch on PlayStation 4 in February and will be the free game of the month for the console. It will also be available free for PS Plus subscribers in Europe. Three PlayStation 3 titles will be available free in February to PS Plus members: Dontnod Entertainment's third-person action game Remember Me, 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter Metro: Last Light and Overkill Software's heist shooter Payday 2. PlayStation Vita owners who are PS Plus subscribers will be able to download two games for free: Dimps and Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken and SCE San Diego Studio's M...

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Payday 2 update can make you an infamous plague doctor

Infamous is what you become when you've done it all in Payday 2 and you don't mind tossing aside some progress to build yourself back up as a pro. According to Overkill Software's official site for Infamy, the heist-based shooter's latest free update for Windows PC introduces a new concept based on success. Reach level 100, and you can purchase a level of Infamy for $200 million of in-game currency. Becoming infamous also means you'll lose your level progress, spent and unspent skill points and the aforementioned millions. However, you'll gain one of 14 cards that prove you're a pro, an Infamy point to spend in a new skill tree and the aforementioned card. Every time you level up, you'll earn a new card and an Infamy point to spend. At launch, only tier one is available. The rest...

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Payday 2 gets first weapon pack on PC, PS3 patch out now

Players of the Windows PC version of Payday 2 can now purchase the shooter's first bundle of new weapons, Gage Weapon Pack #1, for $4.99, publisher 505 Games announced today. The Gage Weapon Pack — named after the wounded Afghanistan-War-veteran-turned-arms-dealer who provides the equipment in question — features four new weapons: the frag grenade, Eagle heavy rifle, Signature .40 pistol and SpecOps submachine gun. It also adds a new gameplay feature to Payday 2: weapon mods that allow you to choose between single fire and automatic fire. Switching to single-fire mode provides stat bonuses, so if you're skilled at pulling off headshots, this mod is right up your alley. Gage also provides four new animal masks, along with additional patterns and materials. The DLC brings 10 extra...

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Payday 2 on Steam receives weapons, masks, mods with Gage Weapon Pack DLC

Payday 2 on Steam for Windows PC will receive the Gage Weapon Pack DLC on Dec. 5 introducing masks, weapons, inventory increase, mods and more, according the developer's official website. Additional weapons include the Eagle Heavy Rifle, Signature .40 Pistol and the SpecOps Submachine gun, along with respective parts for each weapon. New modifications are single and autofire-only kits, which can transform any firearm into an automatic or single fire weapon. Once the DLC rolls out, all Payday 2 players on Steam will receive an inventory increase of up to 36 weapon slots for free. New masks introduced with the DLC include Dolph the Goat, Arnold the Bulldog, Chuck the Eagle and Jean-Claude the Panda. Masks will also receive a new batch of patterns and materials such as digital...

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Payday 2 Armored Transport DLC for PC launching tomorrow

Payday 2's Armored Transport downloadable content, which features new vehicles and masks, will launch tomorrow on Windows PC, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions to follow. Priced at $6.99, the DLC features new armored car and train heists (including a classic train robbery) that are playable across six existing maps, three new weapons, four U.S. president masks (Nixon, Clinton, W. Bush and Obama) and four new mask patterns and materials. The trailer for the DLC can be viewed above. Polygon's review of Payday 2 can be read here.

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Payday 2 pre-order DLC, demo now available (update)

Payday 2 players on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 can now purchase the game's Lootbag add-on for $4.99, publisher 505 Games announced today. The DLC pack includes a military red dot sight for rifles and shotguns; some in-game cash; a skull mask; a black and red mask; and an "I love Overkill!" mask. The Lootbag DLC was previously exclusive to pre-order customers. In addition, a Payday 2 demo is now available on Xbox 360; it will eventually be released on PS3 as well. The demo allows players to go through the first 10 levels of the game's progression system. You can read our full review of Payday 2 here. Update: A representative for 505 Games told Polygon that while the publisher had originally planned to keep the Lootbag DLC a pre-order exclusive, it eventually decided to release the...

Payday 2 Releases
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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