Payday 3 has a Steam page

"A new criminal dawn is finally upon us." So says Overkill Software, developers of co-operative heist-failure simulator Payday 3, which now has a Steam page

It also has a teaser in which fireworks go off over the New York skyline while four shadowy figures watch. The fact that Payday 3 is going to New York is one of few things we know about the latest in the series, which is due to release this year after being picked up by publisher Koch Media for its Prime Matter label. 

The original four members of the Payday Gang, Dallas, Chains, Wolf, and Hoxton, will be back following Hoxton's brief replacement by his brother Houston in Payday 2. "Step out of retirement back into the life of crime in the shoes of the Payday Gang," says the store page, "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."

During a 10th anniversary stream in 2021, Overkill explained that it wants Payday 3's New York to be "enormous" and "living", with locations that change significantly once the alarms go off and the shooting begins. It also plans to modernize things with high-tech surveillance, new gadgets, and media commentary on the gang's criminal exploits. Apparently cryptocurrency and tech giants will play a part in the plot.

The deal between Starbreeze, who published Payday 2, and new owners Koch Media includes up to 18 months of post-release support. That's not surprising, given that a return to Payday 2 and steady stream of DLC helped keep Starbreeze alive following the disastrous launch of Overkill's The Walking Dead, a CFO convicted of insider trading, reconstruction to avoid bankruptcy, and laying off 60 employees

As acting CEO Tobias Sjögren said in a triumphant financial report covering the end of 2020, "Our Payday franchise and 'games as a service model' really showed their muscles during the year with several successful releases of content for Payday 2. By late December, Payday 2 had become the biggest game community on Steam, with 7.1 million members. We have executed two capital raises during the year and paid off a large proportion of our debts, strengthened our financial position and thus enabling the continued successful development of Payday 3 in 2021—all key steps in putting Starbreeze back on the map as an industry leader."

Basically, don't be too shocked when Payday 3 turns out to be a fully live-service game, possibly with some kind of battle pass.

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. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, 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.