We knew it was in the works, but Starbreeze Studios, developer Overkill Software and publisher 505 Games have collectively announced the existence of PAYDAY 2, a new four-player co-operative shooter following on from the success of 2011’s PAYDAY: The Heist.
PAYDAY 2 will once again follow the questionable adventures of the original gang of criminals Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains, as they’re given on-the-fly missions via a new feature, CRIMENET, which will offer players the chance to rob and kidnap various targets around the city, with additional politically-charged missions, too.
As you grow your gang you’ll be offered bigger, more important and lucrative missions, with gear and weapon crafting options your reward.
Watch the debut trailer for PAYDAY 2 below, and check out a list of features followed by an interview with a developer working on the game to get the full skinny:
PAYDAY 2 – Debut Trailer
The dynamic contract database lets gamers pick and choose from available jobs by connecting with local contacts such as Vlad the Ukrainian, shady politician “The Elephant” and Mexican drug trafficker Hector, all with their own agenda and best interests in mind. CRIMENET features dozens of varied, exciting jobs and as the player progresses, new contacts with new jobs become available.
Choose Your Profession
As players progress they can invest in any of four special professions: the Mastermind, the Enforcer, the Ghost and the Technician. Each features a deep customization tree of associated skills and equipment to master and they can be mixed and matched to create the ultimate heister.
Finishing a job isn’t just an accomplishment to be proud of. After a successful heist gamers will also earn rare and powerful new equipment such as masks, weapons mods, mask modifications and a variety of other accessories.
Weapons and Modifications
A brand new arsenal for the serious heister covering everything from sniper and assault rifles to compact PDWs and SMGs. Once players have settled for a favorite, they can modify it with optics, suppressors, fore grips, reticles, barrels, frames and stocks ‒ all of which will affect the performance of their weapon. There are also purely aesthetic enhancements ‒ why not go for the drug lord look with polished walnut grips for your nine?
Every job has a set of purchasable assets that can alter and enhance the heist such as a faster escape car, blueprints or even inside help.
The signature PAYDAY mask can now be customized into tens of thousands of different combinations, color and material variations and there is a bigger selection of gear to wear for the discerning high-fashion heister.
Many contracts feature several separate stages allowing for mission forks and different outcomes depending on what the players accomplish in each individual stage.
Rob Banks With Friends
Players must choose their crew carefully because when the job goes down they will need the right mix of skills on their side.
PAYDAY Gun Play and Mechanics on a New Level
Firing weapons and zip tying civilians never felt so good.
No heist ever plays out the same way twice. Every single scenario has random geometry or even rare events.
Gamers begin as dime store thieves and as the game progresses they unlock new skills, weapons, accessories and masks, eventually becoming legendary robbers.
Play It Your Way
Each job allows for multiple approaches such as slow and stealthy ambushes to running in guns blazing. Players hit the target any way they want and watch as the heist unfolds accordingly.
PAYDAY 2’s new AI director breaks new ground and requires even more from the dedicated co-operative player base. Enemies will devise strategies in response to player action like flash banging, breaching tactics, freeing hostages and even recovering loot bags.
PayDay 2 – Exclusive Gameplay Reveal: Watchdogs Mission
Did you play the original PAYDAY: The Heist? Looking forward to another chance to get into a shooter with three of your friends?
PAYDAY 2 is out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC as a downloadable title a little later this year.