Starbreeze Studios has found a publishing partner for the upcoming Payday 3. The third instalment in the first-person heist shooter franchise will launch for PC and consoles in 2023 and will be co-published by Koch Media.
What is the Payday 3 publishing situation?
In an announcement on the official Starbreeze website, the publisher says that this new co-publishing deal with Koch Media will secure global publishing and continued development for the project. Koch Media will publish Payday 3 around the world and will also be responsible for marketing the title globally. Starbreeze says that thanks to the involvement of Koch Media, the team now has a "strong foundation" for the launch of Payday 3, which will happen in 2023.
For its part, Koch Media says it is "delighted" to be working with Starbreeze on globally publishing Payday 3. CEO Klemens Kundratitz says the game will "take the franchise to new heights" and feature "innovative multiplayer gameplay". If you're a Payday fan and you've been hanging on since this game was announced back in 2017, it might finally be time to let yourself get excited.
What do we know about Payday 3?
Payday 3 was originally revealed way back in 2017. At that time, publisher Starbreeze Studios said that the game would take "as much time as [they] deem needed". The game went largely radio silent until October last year, when the official Payday Twitter account confirmed Payday 3 was still in development and had entered the design phase. Now, the official Payday Twitter account has confirmed that the game is in production and will use the latest iteration of the Unreal Engine.
We'll likely learn more about Payday 3 in the coming weeks and months. With that said, we're still some ways off the game's release window, so don't expect to get too much just yet, especially with them still releasing content for Payday 2. Regardless, Payday 3 will launch for PC and consoles in 2023. While the Starbreeze announcement doesn't specify which consoles, it's pretty much guaranteed Payday 3 will land on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. We don't yet know whether it'll come to PS4 and Xbox One, nor whether a Switch release is in the works. Stay tuned for more info.
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