Starbreeze is in a rough financial position because of the loss of The Walking Dead video game license, a publisher restructuring and the dropping of StarVR over the last year. Prior to this, Payday 2 development had officially ended, but that changed a couple of weeks ago with the announcement that Overkill would be returning to the game.
Now this week, the first new patch for Payday 2 has gone life, alongside a free weekend on Steam and talks of new DLC.
At one point, Payday 2 was one of the most popular games on Steam. Payday 2 Ultimate Edition was supposed to be the final version of the game and even includes a secret ending. Now, the Ultimate Edition has been rebranded as the Legacy Edition and new content is in the works.
This new wave of content kicks off today with the ‘Silk Road’ update, adding a new cosmetic system where outfits and masks can be mixed and matched separately. Development on the game ceased last year amid troubles at publisher Starbreeze, not made any better by the commercial failure of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which was eventually removed and finished with the Skybound Entertainment, the owner of The Walking Dead, terminating its contract with Starbreeze.
The new update also includes an improved UI and six free cosmetic outfits for players to try. Alongside the free update is three new DLCs, the first is the Cartel Optics mod pack, containing new sights and weapon attachments. Next is the Tailor Pack 1, containing an extra set of outfits with different color variations.
Finally, the Border Crossing Heist DLC tops off the line-up, which is a new mission to dig into, which will split your squad up to take on different objectives. We can expect more Payday 2 content in the months to come while another team readies up Payday 3, which Starbreeze is hoping to publish in either 2022 or 2023.