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Payday 2

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Overkill Software
Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013

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'Payday' Franchise Celebrates 10th Anniversary With In-Game Events, Docu-Series, Livestream with 'Payday 3' Details

by Rainier on Oct. 18, 2021 @ 1:07 p.m. PDT

Payday 2 is the next installment in the bank robbery shooter adding new features such as a skill and progression system, as well as four classes/professions, each giving you unique abilities.

Payday 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that lets players don the masks of the original Payday crew - Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains - as they descend on Washington D.C. for an epic crime spree.

Up to four friends co-operate on each heist, and as the crew progresses the heists gets bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming an infamous criminal comes new customization that lets players build and alter their guns and gear.

Today, Starbreeze celebrates the 10th anniversary of the iconic cooperative Payday series, first introduced with the release of Payday: The Heist in 2011.

Since then, the franchise:

  • Welcomed the critically acclaimed sequel, Payday 2, in 2013, garnering more than 35 million games installed across all platforms. 
  • Announced that Payday 3 will launch on PC, Xbox and PlayStation in 2023, in a co-publishing deal with Prime Matter (Koch Media GmbH), a decade after the release of Payday 2.
  • Starbreeze also entered a licensing agreement with PopReach Corporation to launch Payday Crime War on mobile devices with a closed beta coming late 2021

For the next ten days, Payday fans across the world will be able to enjoy a variety of updates and celebrations both in the game and in the community, culminating in an anniversary celebration livestream on Friday, October 22. 

  • Payday fans will also be able to enjoy community competitions and discounts on the entire Payday catalogue for the duration of the event, ending on Thursday, October 28.
  • Starting October 20 the celebration will make its way into Payday 2, with all players who log in gifted an exclusive in-game Anniversary Outfit, as well as a limited-time game-mode where shooting festive balloons grant temporary buffs for extra-festive Heisting.

“A whole decade of Payday means millions of heisting hours and co-op fun. This is an incredible achievement and success for us at Starbreeze, it wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic community that has been with us from the very beginning,” said Tobias Sjögren, CEO, Starbreeze. “Payday players and our community have stuck with us through thick and thin, and this anniversary is a great opportunity for us to look back at all we’ve achieved over the last decade, and more importantly, to dig into everything we’ve learned along the way, ensuring that Payday 3 (and beyond) are bigger and better than ever.”

In celebration of the 10th anniversary, Starbreeze also announced “10 Years of Payday,” a four part documentary series and livestream, celebrating Payday’s legacy and impact. The series will take a look at the past, present, and ongoing legacy of the Payday franchise. In addition, Starbreeze will be sharing a few new details around Payday Crime War and Payday 3

The first episode launches today, with new episodes releasing sequentially, leading up to the anniversary live stream on October 22. Each episode will focus on a particular time period across the last 10 years of PAYDAY and can be viewed on the PAYDAY Anniversary Website or at this YouTube channel.

  • ‘10 Years of PAYDAY: Ep. 1 – The Origin’
  • ‘10 Years of PAYDAY: Ep. 2 – The Redemption’
  • ‘10 Years of PAYDAY: Ep. 3 – The Impact’
  • ‘10 Years of PAYDAY: Ep. 4 – The Legacy’

“For 10 years, we have been robbing banks and delivering action-packed gameplay and intense co-op experiences,” said Almir Listo, Global Brand Director, Starbreeze. “Our four-part docuseries celebrates the decade-long impact of the PAYDAY franchise, and includes some returning familiar faces to share our most memorable moments. The first decade of PAYDAY has been a rollercoaster and we’ve been grateful for the community’s support through it all. Now, we invite you to join us in celebrating, as we reminisce about the heists of yore and all of the fond memories we’ve shared together. And heisters – keep your eyes peeled, as you might just get a glimpse at the next big score…”

For additional information about the upcoming livestream, and more, visit here.

Key Features:

  • Rob Banks, Get Paid – Players must choose their crew carefully, because when the job goes down they will need the right mix of skills on their side.
  • CRIME.NET – The dynamic contract database CRIME.NET lets players pick and choose from available jobs by connecting with local Contractors - all with their own agenda and best interests in mind.
  • Dynamic Scenarios – No heist ever plays out the same way twice, as heists comes with random geometry and events.
  • Choose Your Skills – As players progress they can invest in any of five special Skill Trees: Mastermind, Enforcer, Ghost, Technician and Fugitive. Each features a deep customization tree of associated skills and equipment to master.
  • More Masks than Ever – PAYDAY 2 features a completely new mask system, giving players the ability to craft their own unique mask together with a pattern and a color.
  • Weapons and Modifications – A huge arsenal for the serious heister, covering everything from sniper to assault rifles. You can modify your weapon with optics, suppressors, fore grips, reticles, barrels, frames, stocks and lots more.
  • Play It Your Way – Each job allows for multiple approaches, such as slow and stealthy ambushes, to running in guns blazing.

Payday 2 is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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