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2 weeks ago

Starbreeze searched in insider trading investigation

The Swedish Economic Crime Authority today raided the offices of Starbreeze Studios, the company behind games including Payday 2 and recent flop Overkill's The Walking Dead, over suspicions of insider trading. They arrested one person and seized a computer. Starbreeze are in big financial trouble at the moment, planning to cut costs and filing for administration following the harm done by The Walking Dead's launch…

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Starbreeze file for administration, replace CEO

Starbreeze Studios are in worse shape than thought following the poor launch of Overkill's The Walking Dead, today filing for reconstruction (roughly the Swedish equivalent of administration) so they can get the company back on track. The company, who are also behind behind games including Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, plan to keep paying salaries and continuing development as normal. But…

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1 month ago

After five years, players have reached Payday 2’s secret ending

Header image courtesy of "Sensei Tehminer". I like a good ARG. Both as a noise to scream atop blustery hills, and as a chain of convoluted mysteries that take the collective brainpower of entire communities to solve. Payday 2 players have been uncovering more and more of "The Secret" for the past five years, which has now culminated in cracking open a big ol' hidden…

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Payday 2 raids the White House in new heist

Cooperative heist FPS Payday 2 has reached new heists of National Treasure-ish nonsense with the addition of a heist sending us into the White House to steal presidential pardons for ourselves. Sure. I've enjoyed Payday's escalation over the years from robbing banks through conspiracies and Illuminati and strange artifacts, and of course it leads to the White House. What else could it do - steal…

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2 months ago

Payday 2 checks back into Mercy Hospital in the middle of Crimefest

It feels like Overkill's anarchic cop-smashing shooter Payday 2 has gone off the rails in the best possible way. It used to be a game about robbing banks and jewellery stores. Now it's a crossover with a half dozen film universes with an overarching plot that's gone a little Da Vinci Code, now with nukes going off and mercenary armies to fight. Today's update (part…

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4 months ago

Payday 2 celebrates its fifth anniversary with a week of new criminal content

Five years ago, co-op FPS crime 'em up Payday 2 was a scrawny little thing with only a few missions to its name. Now it's a massive, still expanding ball of hyper-criminality featuring permanent crossovers with five film universes, arguably putting Reservoir Dogs in John Wick canon. To celebrate its fifth anniversary today, developers Overkill are rolling out a week of free updates, starting with…

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5 months ago

The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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7 months ago

Feature: Tell your friends

The 25 best co-op games ever made

Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we’ve updated our list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger. Everything's better with a pal or two in tow, from collaborative puzzle solving to sublime double stealth takedowns. Equally sublime are when those takedowns go awry, your partner shrieks in panic and all hands are…

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8 months ago

Payday 2 gets a bit Indiana Jones-y in new heist

Cooperative heist FPS Payday 2 has capped off a week of daily updates with a new heist, one busting into a heavily-defended research facility to swipe mysterious artefacts. They may or may not be magical or alien or... the story has grown a little more complicated than "steal money from a bank cos a boffin said so" over the past five years. The week-long 'Spring…

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12 months ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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1 year ago

Payday 2’s latest heist is a Reservoir Dogs crossover

It's been a rollercoaster year for co-op hypercrime FPS Payday 2. After a gutsy decision in summer to give away five million copies of the base game for free, a re-launch as the Ultimate Edition heralded the end to the piecemeal DLC model of the game in favour of a single purchase of the new Ultimate Edition getting you all but the most questionable cross-promotional…

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Enter The Gungeon meets Payday 2 with crossover items

Last year's Enter The Gungeon [official site] was a rather pleasant surprise, offering a satisfying blend of bullet-dodging shmuppiness paired with a bit of Binding of Isaac-ish'roguelite' dungeon-crawling and looting. This week saw the release of a cross-promotion update between Gungeon and Payday 2 [official site], with both games gaining a generous handful of free extra gubbins. The funny thing: none of them are guns.

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2 years ago

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…

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Payday 2 giving away 5 million free copies

Hey, you. Do you own co-op heist FPS Payday 2 [official site]? If not, go to Steam, click 'Install Game', and it'll be yours for keepsies. It's a steal! This comes as developers Overkill Software stop selling Payday 2's DLC, in preparation for the launch of an 'Ultimate Edition' including its 40-odd paid DLCs. Overkill haven't announce a release date for that yet. For now,…

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Payday 2 brings back Heat Street, launches trial week

Co-op heist shooter Payday 2 [official site] has brought back the first game's Heat Street mission (as in the movie Heat, not the website Heat Street). It's a long firefight moving through city streets in the aftermath of a double-cross, not a copy of the movie's famous scene but quite fun. The level has arrived as part of a new update, which is being dragged…

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Pay quiddos for my little friend: Payday 2’s Scarface DLC

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in," Tony Dakota muttered in Scarface, his face dusted in icing sugar. And here he is, called out of retirement for two new bags of Payday 2 [official site] paid DLC. Ant has arrived in the co-op heist FPS himself as a playable character, armed with a chainsaw and His Little Friend, and a…

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Monday morning machinima: watch the Saxxy winners

What use are Saturday morning cartoons? Who's even around to see those? Mate, what I need is Monday morning cartoons. Some short fun cartoons around 10 on my first day back at work sounds just the ticket. So come on, let's enjoy the 2016 Saxxy Award finalists and winners. Valve unveiled this year's finest Source engine machinima on Friday night after I'd already flicked a…

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Who’s Boo In Halloween Video Game Events

The Big Spooky isn't until Monday but plenty of games are already celebrating Halloween with special events for people with nerves of steel and eyes in the back of their head. If you're feeling extra brave, check out our collection of spookyspoos going on this weekend. This isn't a definitive list, mind, just a fair spread of things you might fancy trying. Do share your…

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Payday 2 Gets New Safe House, New Heist, Much More

Cooperative first-person heister Payday 2 [official site] has concluded ten days of content updates - a little shindig developers Overkill called Hoxton's Housewarming Party. They really make a big scene out of everything, that mob. Don't even get me started on their weddings... Anyway! Additions include a new safe house chill-out zone buttled by John Cleese, a new enemy, new weapons, new masks, new wacky…

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3 years ago

Payday 2 Biker DLC Introducing Playable Ron Perlman

As part of their recent promise to support Payday 2 [official site] for at least the next 18 months, Overkill Software have now revealed what its latest batch of DLC, due out on Thursday, is all about. It's two separate expansions - The Biker Heist and The Biker Character Pack - taking the total number of paid-for and free add-ons for the first-person robbery fest…

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