Payday 2 adds Halloween cosmetics, joins skeleton army

The Payday heisters dressed as skeletons
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The 2021 crop of in-game Halloween events continues, with co-op wealth redistribution FPS Payday 2 the latest game to join this year's spoopy harvest. Payday 2's crew of crims have apparently signed up to join the skeleton army, because players can get a free thematically appropriate suit and mask, as well as a weapon charm from the in-game store. 

The outfit is a set called the skeletal heister and comes in three color schemes—boney blues, bone blood bonanza, and black to the bones—and the charm is a pumpkin face called the dangling jack. All of the cosmetics have been designed by popular modder Luke Millanta, who co-created the weather system for CS:GO. Millanta was awarded the Guinness World Record for most followed content creator on Steam (opens in new tab) in 2020, and his workshop page (opens in new tab) is now up to 133,835 followers.

The event was announced with a poem in the style of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (opens in new tab), which begins, "Once upon a heist so dreary, while I held my ground, weak and weary/Many a-SWAT came at me, carrying rifles, and pistols galore". Now that's committing to the bit.

Payday 3 is likely a couple of years away, but it has been revealed that the third game in the series will be set in New York and involve more modern problems and technology.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.