Payday 2: Ultimate Edition is out, containing all DLC

Decent cooperative heist FPS Payday 2 [official site] yesterday launched its Ultimate Edition, the new version packing all the game’s many DLC packs. Aside from one final character pack, that’s all the DLC Payday 2 will ever have – and old DLC is no longer sold separately. I do enjoy Payday and recommend it, though I know its dozens of map, character, and weapon DLCs were confusing and off-putting to some. That is now solved, as £34 will get you the game and everything. Folks who already own Payday 2 get a discount on upgrading, if they want, with further discounts for DLCs owned.

Payday 2: Ultimate Edition is £33.99/44,99€/$44.99 on Steam. Bought piecemeal, that previously would have cost over $200. Some packs aren’t great but hey, this is everything in one go and at a discount.

People who already had Payday 2 can upgrade to the Ultimate Edition. Developers Overkill Software are offering a $10 discount for owning the base game, and each DLC pack owned reduces the price further. For me, for example, upgrading costs £14.42. I probably won’t upgrade until a big sale hits, as I’ve already bought most of the DLC I wanted so the leftovers are less good, but it is nice to have the option.

The regular base edition of Payday 2 is no longer sold but Overkill did give away five million copies before pulling it from sale. Hard luck if you missed that.

Overkill plan to keep expanding Payday 2 with free heists, weapons, and other bits. They will release one single paid DLC pack, adding Ethan and Hila from H3h3 Productions and giving all revenue to those two YouTubers to help fund their weird legal battle. But beyond that, all future content will be free.

Overkill have announced plans for a Payday 3 but that’s still a long way away.


  1. Jalan says:

    37 items in the “ultimate” bundle – 36 if you exclude the game itself. 48 DLC listed (for now, at least) on the game’s main store page, 47 if you exclude the Diamond Store heist which is listed as ‘free’.

    • KDR_11k says:

      The other DLCs are free too, the marker just got removed when they disabled buying DLC.

      • Jalan says:

        Interesting. I had assumed they were the “crossover” material that was mentioned in the news post on Steam but it makes more sense that they were just additional free DLC. Seems strange that the Diamond Store heist was the only one to be left marked free though.

  2. poliovaccine says:

    Welp, I’m glad I got one of those five million freebies. It was a smart move, too – game whose butt I was sniffing around, but hadnt engaged with cus I’m not into multiplayer only games as a rule… aaand now that I have it, I do in fact dig it, and I am in fact tempted to upgrade to the ultimate edition or whatever.

    I wonder, does having gotten it free in the giveaway alter anything about upgrading? At first glance, I’m not seeing anything to suggest that, which is rather decent of em if it’s so.

    • Jalan says:

      Alter it in what sense? You have the base game, so the price of the bundle will adjust accordingly (or it should) so you don’t find yourself paying for something you already own (whether you received it free or otherwise).