Payday 2 Beta Launches to Fix Weapon Meta

It's been four years since the weapons meta in Payday 2 has changed, but it is now.

Published: March 5, 2021 9:48 AM /


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Payday 2's meta has been the same since 2017 but that's about to change with the launch of a Payday 2 beta that will try to get underutilized guns back into the meta. Weapons have been tweaked such as ammo pools, ammo pickups, and the rate of fire. The developers of the game, Overkill, has tried not to make the changes feel too drastic, but they do want to shake things up a little.

That's led to Overkill introducing range-based Damage multipliers, which means the range in which a weapon can deal damage is being added. In this system, creatively called 'Damage Range Multipliers', all weapons will have an optimal range where they will perform like how they used to, but some will be better past a certain range while some are weaker. A few are even better below a certain range.

Before Overkill introduces these changes they want to ensure that they are actual good changes. The Payday 2 beta will run on Steam from today until March 8, and to access the open beta you need to right click on Payday 2 on Steam and go to properties. Once there select the BETAS category and opt into the open_beta - open_beta, which should then begin to download.

The latest beta may be incompatible with some mods that players have already installed, even ones that are "seemingly unrelated". If you are trying to get the beta to work and it's not, make sure you don't have any mods enabled.

The beta also uses the same save file as the regular game, so you'll be able to pick up where you left off in whatever you were doing beforehand. If you would like to check out the changes to the weapons, be sure to go here. For everything Payday 2 related, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more details.

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