It was revealed yesterday that Starbreeze AB, the independent team behind the Payday franchise, has acquired the full rights to the franchise from 505 Games. The deal was made using shares in Starbreeze which amounted to $30 million.
The press release stated that Starbreeze will keep 100% of the revenue generated from Payday 2 on the Steam platform, while revenue from the consoles versions will continue to be split between Starbreeze and 505 Games as before. 505 Games will also continue to publish Payday 2.
But this is when the press release gets juicy. Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint said that Payday 2 will continue to have support for another 18 months. It also worth noting that Payday 2 has ditched it’s rather controversial micro-transactions according to the game’s Steam page.
“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.”
The press release goes on to state:
“Furthermore, 505 Games will retain a 33% revenue share of Starbreeze’s net revenues from future sales of PAYDAY 3 “
Unfortunately that’s all the news we have for Payday 3 at the moment. Given that Payday 2 will continue to have support for another 18 months it’s safe to assume that it may be a few months before we get any more news on Payday 3. But when the news comes around Games Bulletin will update you.
Are you excited for Payday 3? I’m glad to hear that Payday 2 has ditched the micro-transactions and hopefully the damage caused wasn’t too much. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!