Payday 3

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: PLAION
Developer: Overkill Software
Release Date: Sept. 21, 2023

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'Payday 3' Fixes Matchmaking Instability Issues, Reveals Patches & Content Update Schedule

by Rainier on Oct. 2, 2023 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Set in New York City, Payday 3 is a high-octane, first-person co-op shooter game that lets players live out the fantasy of being a world-class career criminal and master the art of heisting.

Step out of retirement back into the life of crime in the shoes of the Payday Gang, the envy of their peers and the nightmare of law-enforcement wherever they go. Several years after the crew’s reign of terror over Washington DC has ended, they assemble once again to deal with the threat that roused them out of early retirement.

Payday 3 takes players to the city of unlimited possibilities - New York City.

The Payday Gang, consisting of Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains return from retirement, and find themselves in the Big Apple after an unknown threat appears, shattering the illusion of peacefully living on the “right” side of the law. As they say, “Leopards can’t change their spots”, and thanks to years of experience and a mysterious new player in the criminal underworld, they quickly get their hands on the first lucrative heists and leave their explosive calling card with the city's security and police forces.

Players will discover new ways to pull off the perfect heist thanks to new skills, gadgets and weapons while the Payday 3 storyline will continuously expand with new content and challenges.

The scheduled maintenance carried out last week has fixed the initial matchmaking issues that occurred during Payday 3's first few days after launch.

Matchmaking has been stable and has had good performance after the completed maintenance. In the past five days, Payday 3 had a peak concurrent players (CCU) of 124,254. In September 2023, the game had 3,167,938 unique players (MAU).

Starbreeze will now intensify the commercial activities around Payday 3, after partially pausing these during the previous week. In early October, the first update to PAYDAY 3 will launch, focusing on improving the game experience. The coming months include planned updates for PAYDAY 3 that address both content, Quality of Life-improvements, bug fixes and new functionality.

Planned updates and new content for Payday 3 during 2023*:




200+ QoL-improvements for all platforms


QoL-improvements, new content and new functionality


QoL-improvements, new content and new functionality

Winter 2023

The DLC “Syntax Error” on sale (included in Silver and Gold Edition)

(*in addition to these, platform-specific updates will be launched)

“First and foremost, I would like to thank our players for the patience they have shown us. Our community is the engine that drives both our games and our company forward. I don't really need to repeat that this was not the start we wanted, but at the same time, our business model is a marathon and not a sprint and we will tirelessly continue to build Payday 3 bigger and better to deliver the greatest possible value for our players,” says Tobias Sjögren, CEO of Starbreeze Entertainment.

The planned maintenance was carried out in two stages. During Tuesday, September 26, the software in the matchmaking infrastructure that distributes incoming players to different servers was updated. During Friday, September 29, the infrastructure was upgraded both in terms of software and hardware, with more regional nodes to distribute players, increase the speed of matchmaking and create greater redundancy across all online services.

Key Features:

  • The Tightest Crew - The legendary Payday Crew, feared by the law and underworld alike, is back. New York City has a lot of opportunities for a heister with a plan. 
  • Give in to your greed - Give outlet to your greed and let loose in Payday 3. Claim any valuables you might come across in order to build a private arsenal of weapons, cosmetics and accolades. 
  • The Art of Heisting - In Payday 3 the choice is in the hands of the players. Choose your equipment, your skills and your approach. Each heist will play differently depending on the choices you make. 
  • Thrive in Co-op - play heists with elegance, as in Ocean's Eleven, or go toe-to-toe with the security services, as in HEAT. Each playthrough is unique and full of action and tension!

Payday 3 is available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam / Epic Games Store) at $39.99.

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