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2 months ago

Former Starbreeze CFO Sebastian Ahlskog convicted of insider trading

Former Starbreeze Studios chief financial officer Sebastian Ahlskog was convicted of insider trading this Tuesday. This follows from Sweden's Economic Crime Authority seizing SEK 700,000 (roughly £55,300 or $72,100) from him in December 2018 while raiding the company's headquarters and at least one private home, under suspicion that he'd abused his position to profit from Starbreeze's financial troubles.

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4 months ago

Starbreeze’s future prospects are looking brighter, and full of Payday

After a difficult financial year which saw them face a very real threat of shutting down, Starbreeze have survived a reconstruction process (roughly the Swedish equivalent of administration) and agreed a plan to pay off their debts. They're still not in great shape, what with those debts and all, but the court have approved their proposal to complete the reconstruction process so there is hope.…

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5 months ago

Payday 2’s first DLC in almost a year takes you along the Silk Road

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Payday 2 was restarting development. The co-op heist simulator stopped development in 2018, but publisher Starbreeze’s financial issues have forced them to return to the game, which is still hugely popular, and start creating premium DLC. It's that or job losses. Here’s a first, very small look at what they’re betting the bank on, called Payday 2:…

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Payday 2 breaks out of jail and is back in development

Starbreeze’s financial woes have thrown up some interesting twists in recent times. The Swedish publisher and developer nearly collapsed this year following a financially difficult 2018. A company restructuring managed to keep things afloat and they are in the process of building their future around Payday 3, which is coming out in 2022 or 2023. That’s something of a gap, one that they're hoping to…

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6 months ago

Payday 3 expected to launch in 2022 or 2023

It's been a hard time for Starbreeze, with the gang behind Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons facing a very real possibility they wouldn't survive another year. As they continue to try to recover from serious financial problems, they now foresee a bright and lucrative future led by one game: Payday 3. We should expect the latest in the really-quite-good cooperative heist…

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9 months ago

Payday 2 gets free visual novel spinoff

Co-op heist ‘em up Payday 2 has escalated over its many years of swiping things, going from simple bank robbery to lifting your own presidential pardon out of the White House. Now, though, it’s ascended into its true form: a visual novel. Experience the thrill of theft as it was meant to be: in text, everything hinging on your mouse pointer hovering over two options,…

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11 months ago

Starbreeze might not last another year unless fortunes improve

Starbreeze Studios don't have enough funds to keep going for the next 12 months and may run out of cold hard cash by mid-year, they warned shareholders this week. The company behind Payday and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons have been in financial trouble for a while, and took a big hit last year when zombie FPS Overkill's The Walking Dead flopped so hard…

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1 year 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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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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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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2 years 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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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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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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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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3 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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