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Payday 2 Wants You To Steal Thermobaric Weaponry

I don't think that man is a real doctor

You’ll remember (probably) I posted last week about the live action trailer for the new Payday 2 heist? Well, developers Overkill have finished drip-feeding details about the new DLCs and actually released them, so here’s some more information for your eyes to absorb.

First up: yes – they’ve separated the heists and the new character into two distinct DLC purchases again.

New character, Dragan, will set you back £3.99 and comes with an assault rifle, a cleaver, the Infiltrator perk deck, and a mask.

The Bomb Heists package comes in at £4.99, and was made by Overkill’s new dev pals Lion Game Lion. It offers the Dockyard and Forest heists. The pair both revolve around stealing a thermobaric bomb which is being transported to Norfolk for decommissioning instead of stealing cash. Dockyard is where you steal it at the dockyard. Forest is when you steal it in the forest. There’s also new contact The Butcher (Babylon 5’s Mira Furlan) whose good opinion you’re trying to earn through all of these shenanigans.

You’ll also get 4 masks and a LEO pistol about which Overkill opine: “you can consider using a police pistol to break the law as a form of bizarre poetic justice”.

A forest walk

At this point I’m more interested in exactly what a thermobaric bomb is. I mean that knowledge won’t help with the missions but that’s not the point. From the name it’s something to do with heat and pressure but I need specifics. To Google…

Okay, so: apparently the idea behind the weapon is similar to what happens in a coal mine or flour mill explosion.The first explosive charge is used to disperse fuel in a cloud around a target area. The second charge ignites that cloud and generates a blast wave. So there’s a blast, there’s flame and there’s rarefaction – a reduction in pressure which follows on from the shock wave – and does horrible things like rupturing lungs. The BBC says: “The heat and pressure effects are formidable – soldiers caught in the blast could have the air sucked from their bodies and even their internal organs catastrophically destroyed.”

I’m sure The Butcher just wants it for something innocuous, then.

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