Starbreeze Studios now fully owns the rights to the Payday franchise, and has confirmed that Payday 3 is in the works.
Some good news for Payday fans today. Developer Starbreeze Studios has announced it has fully purchased the rights to the franchise from publisher 505 Games which means, among other things, an end to Payday 2‘s controversial microtransactions, as well as the confirmation of Payday 3.
“Payday is very close to my heart, and has laid the foundation for Starbreeze success in recent years. We’re very excited to bring our heisters home to the safe house,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO. “To start with, we believe in the continued success of Payday 2 and will support it for at least another 18 months continuing expanding the game.”
Overkill Software’s Almir Listo confirmed on the company’s Steam page that the Black Market, Payday 2‘s microtransaction hub, will now be completely free for everyone. For some more info on how that will work, check out the video above.
Listo also confirmed that Payday 3 is indeed a thing that exists, but didn’t offer any additional details.
So, this is a great thing for the developer. Given the announcement, it really looks like the whole microtransactions thing was something that 505 Games pushed onto Starbreeze. Good on them for throwing that off, and hopefully it leads to a bit of community goodwill.