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Payday 3 development has kicked off, but don’t hold your breath for it: “you simply don’t rush” Starbreeze’s most important brand

16 Feb

Payday 3 is the “most important” thing on Starbreeze’s radar, so expect it to go slow and careful.

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Payday 3 development has formally kicked off, Starbreeze told investors in its most recent financial releases.

“It is with great satisfaction that we also can announce that Payday 3 production is officially initiated and at a full design stage,” CEO Bo Andersson Klint said.

Klint stressed that Starbreeze isn’t setting any timeframe right now and Payday 3 will be in the works for “as much time as we deem needed” and “will be done when it’s done”.

“This is our single most important brand today and the cornerstone of our business and we will treat it accordingly. Updates in the near future might be scares and far between. You simply don’t rush Payday 3,” he emphasised.

Payday 2 has been an enormous success for Starbreeze and its Overkill studio. Continuous content and support from the team has overcome stumbling blocks like hugely unpopular microtransactions and abandoned console ports, enabling a lively community – which obviously coughs up money in huge dripping wads given Starbreeze’s description of the IP as its cornerstone brand.

Starbreeze gave some figures regarding the Payday franchise’s earnings this quarter, but as it wasn’t immediately clear which was GAAP (the one we care about) and which was non-GAAP (useless to us), we’d better not randomly regurgitate them.

We did get an update on the 505 Games situation, though. Since Starbreeze regained the rights early last year 505 Games is not providing any extra funding, but is still taking console revenues as it hasn’t yet received the $5 million it is entitled to.

“We expect 505 to have reached their $5 million recoup in Q1 2017 as we see impressive Payday performance through digital distribution on consoles following the latest update,” Klint added.

Starbreeze receives 100% of all PC revenue on the Payday franchise, and describes this revenue source as “healthy”.

Payday 3 is Official Now, No Release Date Yet

16 Feb

Starbreeze Studios, which now owns everyone’s favorite bank robbing simulator Payday, has announced that they are now working on Payday 3, after months of inactivity following the announcement that they had re-acquired the brand after Payday 2. While there’s no release date yet, hopefully it’ll be just as good as Payday 2. See Also: PayDay […]

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VOY: Rage Like Apes On No Man’s Sky Delay; Warcraft Movie Slightly Less Mediocre?

1 Jun

Here we are with another episode of our Videogames of Yesterdaymorrow! The only show that you need to watch for your daily load of gaming news, and the only one that is saner than how some fans reacted to the No Man’s Sky delay. Our guy, who is calling himself Richard Lyndon Kennedy these days, […]

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Payday 3 Release Date Probably Wont Fall Anywhere Before 2018

31 May

Yesterday, it was revealed that Starbreeze has rebought the rights to the Payday IP from 505 Games. The former even announced special gifts for the fans on their return to the franchise, as well as a little thing called Payday 3… Yes, the game is in development and we also have for you an update […]

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Payday 3 announced, following franchise rights return to Starbreeze

31 May

Starbreeze quietly announced Payday 3 with yesterday’s other big Payday news.

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Last night, Starbreeze, the parent company for Payday developer Overkill, announced that it has once again regained franchise rights to the Payday series.

Shortly after, Overkill revealed that microtransactions are being removed from Payday 2, and that the skill tree will receive an overhaul in an upcoming patch.

In a press release, Starbreeze divulged a few more details about the arrangement with 505 Games that resulted from this move. 505 Games of course is the publisher that once held the rights to Payday.

According to the Swedish company, Payday 3 is in development, and 505 Games will retain a 33 percent of the game’s revenue, capped at $40 million. No more details were shared about Payday 3, other than that it’s coming “in the future.”

Meanwhile, Payday 2 will continue to get more content for the next 18 months.