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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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System Shock 3 might be in trouble, as multiple devs reportedly “no longer employed”

There's bad news ahead for Shodan fans - System Shock 3 might be in trouble after numerous members of the development team have parted ways with OtherSide Entertainment. Rumours suggest that the entire development team might have been laid off. At the very least, several senior devs have confirmed they no longer work at the company.

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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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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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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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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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Rockstar buying Starbreeze’s stake in art outsourcing studio Dhruva

Rockstar Games are helping Starbreeze's dire financial situation a little by buying their majority stake in Dhruva Interactive, an Indian art asset outsourcing company who have provided bits for games including Prey, Mortal Kombat 11, and Alien: Isolation. Rocktar are paying $7.9 million (£6m) for Starbreeze's 91.82% of Dhruva shares, which the Swedish crew bought in 2017. Dhruva will become part of Rockstar India and…

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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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Overkill’s The Walking Dead pulled from Steam after Skybound back out

Starbreeze and Overkill Software's awful few months just got worse, as Overkill's The Walking Dead has been pulled from sale on Steam over a falling out between license holders. Skybound - Walking Dead rights-holders and company of series creator Robert Kirkman - announced they were terminating their contract with publisher Starbreeze. Starbreeze have since issued their own statement saying that they hope to "resolve the…

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System Shock 3 returns to OtherSide after Starbreeze sell publishing rights

Troubled publisher Starbreeze won't be associated with the upcoming System Shock 3 anymore, as they've sold the rights to the game back to developers OtherSide Entertainment. The publisher have announced that "Starbreeze fully expects to be reimbursed for costs the company has had in connection with the development of the game". Both companies have had their share of trouble recently, with Starbreeze filing for administration…

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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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Feature: Not as good as waffles

Overkill’s The Walking Dead review

“Good luck boyos.” The four of us are standing in a descending elevator, each grasping a holdall of supplies. We’re preparing to make one final, treacherous push through a warehouse of shambling flesh nibblers to our getaway truck. The sudden excitement in the chat log clues me in to the upcoming danger. To be honest, I think most of it is for my benefit. Before…

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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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Overkill’s The Walking Dead launches into shambling un-life

Overkill's The Walking Dead is out now, and seems to do exactly what it says on the tin - it's the popular zombopocalyptic comic series, as filtered through Payday studio Overkill. That means we've got another four player online co-op shooter with semi-optional stealth and vast hordes of enemies to shoot, stab or otherwise re-deaden. Set in the ruins of Washington DC (familiar territory for…

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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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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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Feature: Changing history

Soren Johnson on challenging the norms of 4X games

“Sid [Meier] didn’t know he was inventing a genre back in ’91 - if he had he might have been a lot more careful. He was just making it up as he went along.” That’s how genres begin. By mistake. Somebody creates a set of rules and systems for the needs of a particular game, and then either people adopt and adapt those rules. Soren…

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