Since 2011, Payday fans have been planning and perpetrating the perfect heists with their friends. The much-acclaimed shooter is now coming under new ownership, as Swedish company Starbreeze Studios announced that it is acquiring full rights to the franchise from 505 Games. This deal will bring the franchise closer to home, as Starbreeze also owns Payday‘s developer, Overkill Software.
In exchange for full rights to the
Payday franchise, Starbreeze agreed to give $30 million of its stock to 505. Additionally, 505 will receive a third of the revenue from future sales of Payday 3, up to a total of $40 million. These revenues will only come after Starbreeze recoups its costs from development and marketing. 505 will continue to publish Payday 2, and any sales generated from console versions of the game will be split between the companies as before.
This deal affects more than just the future of the franchise though. Starbreeze released a statement where they briefly mention their intention to support
Payday 2 for at least a year and a half:
“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. 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.” — Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO
Overkill also announced a few in-game bonuses and changes alongside the deal. Of these, the most notable is the removal of microtransactions. Starting with the next update, old-generation safes will be replaced with new ones that are free to open. Players can still trade both safes on the
Payday 2 marketplace and prices will be affected by supply and demand.
For a full rundown of this announcement, check out the video above. Make sure you stay tuned until the very end, as Overkill surprised us with a video teasing a big announcement at this year’s fast-approaching E3.