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Payday 3 Will Literally Be Overkill in Terms of Combat Gameplay

What line will you shout into the bank once you enter it with your robbery friends?

All lovers of bold robberies, listen up! We got new details from Starbreeze regarding Payday 3. What is this game about? Intense combat! Let’s look at the latest developments of the ambitious heist game, which turns out pretty massive.


The tension is rising. Payday 3 will hit the market on September 21 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, and the devs are banging out one dev diary after another, providing us with exciting new gameplay insights.


The dreaded four are back in town

Payday 3 takes place a considerable time after the predecessor’s events and reunites the four familiar characters. Two new robbers will join the acclaimed gang in the third installment. The team has moved to New York City, where the action will take place at the beginning. And, let’s face it: what better place for a thrilling heist than the capital of capitalism par excellence, with its many skyscrapers, hustle and bustle, and yellow cabs?

We are looking at a modern glass bank in New York City at a busy intersection during the day in Payday 3.
Payday 3 will also take place in New York City (Source: Starbreeze Studios/Deep Silver)


Payday 3 features new game mechanics and is contemporary

Above all, the team wants to develop and refine the heist experience noticeably. So, in addition to “Stealth,” you’ll also experience a new mechanic called “Search,” where guards look for a suspect (like… you!). There will also be “Negotiations” where first responders arrive, and you can trade hostages for resources or time.

In addition, cryptocurrencies, mass surveillance, the dark web, and software giants will play a role in the game.


The new heist game wants to bring together all next-gen platforms

Payday 3 looks stunning, thanks to unreal Engine 5. The developers have deliberately decided to create the new installment only for the next-gen platforms, to meet the nerve of the time and open a new chapter of co-op heist shooting.

You are a PC gamer, but your friends only play on a console? Not a problem! Payday 3 offers unlimited cross-progression and crossplay support between PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. This is high on the agenda of the devs, so don’t worry.

Play Payday 3 at release in crossplay with friends. Here the player shoots in first-person straight at a policeman.
Screenshot of Payday 3 (Source: Starbreeze Studios/Deep Silver)


What about the combat in Payday 3?

Let’s finally get to the juiciest part. What’s all the exciting news about Combat? Payday 3 will literally gonna be overkill. It will include four difficulty levels: Normal, Hard, Very Hard, and Overkill. The developers recommend newcomers start on Normal and slowly work their way up.

Hard is meant to be the “default” difficulty. If you are familiar with your loadout or are a Payday veteran, Very Hard is the way to go. With Overkill, the devs are deadly serious and offer you a mode they classify as “brutal and unfair.”

The higher the difficulty, the higher the number of enemies and their damage, whereas health remains unchanged. The more equipment you carry, the slower you move in the game. Your armor comprises several shards covering different body parts and is limited during the missions.


There will be three types of enemies

Starbreeze has internally divided the enemies into three groups: normal and heavy SWAT units, unusual enemies like shield bearers and snipers, and special enemies like Nader, Zapper… oh, and in case you lost the respect of the Bulldozer in Payday 2: he still remembers!

We see the heavily armored Bulldozer with an automatic shotgun walking toward the camera while shooting in Payday 3.
The bulldozer in Payday 3 (Source: Starbreeze Studios/Deep Silver)


And this is where it’s getting tricky and exciting simultaneously! If there is a “Special” you absolutely hate, such as a Dozer, you can equip yourself to clear it out with three shots. At the same time, you get weaker in other aspects of the game. And this is where your teammates come in to compensate. The game is all about cooperation and figuring out the optimal way to rule the heist.


Upgrading you weapons

As in the predecessor, you can choose numerous weapon modifications, such as new magazines or sights. You’ll have to use weapons regularly to unlock these items since each has a progression path. Otherwise, there are also preset weapons already equipped with certain modifications.


The Payday 3 release date is already this fall

While the world eagerly awaits titles like GTA 6, this next-gen Heist jewel comes just in time. With all its new gripping features, the gameplay of Payday 3 so far makes a compelling impression, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this treat on September 21.


Buy Payday 3 in different Editions

Starbreeze Studios is releasing Payday 3 in different editions for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Besides the base game, each edition has different types of content included. How do they differ? We will give you a quick overview.

Note: Every version of Payday 3 will contain a digital pre-order bonus if you buy the game before its release on September 21, 2023. This bonus consists of a Trifecta Loot Bag DLC, which includes exclusive gloves, a mask, and a suit for your heister. Whether this bonus will be available separately after the Payday 3 release is unknown so far.

You can pre-order it for PC via Steam or for a discount on Kinguin (affiliate link).


Standard Edition

Purchasing the digital standard edition of Payday 3 at $39.99 grants you access to the complete content within the base game, which consists of 8 heists and 6 playable heisters. Additionally, the package includes an unspecified quantity of weapons and cosmetic items.

  • Base game
  • Trifecta Loot Bag DLC (preorder bonus)


Day One Edition

Priced at $39.99, the Day One edition mirrors the standard edition’s content entirely, with the sole distinction being its availability solely as a physical version. Starbreeze has not provided confirmation regarding any supplementary content included in the Day One edition.

  • Base game
  • Trifecta Loot Bag DLC (preorder bonus)


Silver Edition

In addition, Starbreeze presents several enhanced editions of the game that offer extra content. The silver edition, priced at $69.99, comprises the base game, a mask, a 3-day early unlock, and a six-month season pass. This pass grants you entry to two heists that will be released as DLC after the game’s launch, along with tailor packs and weapon packs.

  • Base game
  • Trifecta Loot Bag DLC (preorder bonus)
  • Dark Sterling Mask
  • Play 3 days early
  • 6-month season pass (2 heists, 2 tailor packs, 2 weapon packs)


Gold Edition

Priced at $89,99, the Gold Edition of Payday 3 encompasses all the contents found in the Silver Edition, accompanied by a few additional features. Notably, the season pass is extended to a duration of one year, providing access to an additional two heists (for a total of four), as well as any other DLC released during that period. Additionally, as added cosmetics, you will unlock the Golden Slate gloves and the Skull of Liberty mask.

  • Base game
  • Trifecta Loot Bag DLC (preorder bonus)
  • Dark Sterling mask
  • Golden Slate gloves
  • Skull of Liberty mask
  • Play 3 days early
  • 1-year season pass (4 heists, 4 tailor packs, 4 weapon packs)


Collector’s Edition

Priced at $129.99, the Collector’s Edition provides numerous physical bonuses and features exclusive items. The Solidius Mask, faithfully recreated as a tangible mask, can be proudly displayed or even worn (although we strongly discourage using it for actual heists). Moreover, the package includes a physical version of the game presented in an appealing case, a personalized deck of cards, stickers, and a membership letter granting access to the Collector’s Club.

  • Base game
  • Trifecta Loot Bag DLC (preorder bonus)
  • Solidius mask
  • Dark Sterling mask
  • Golden Slate gloves
  • Skull of Liberty mask
  • 1-year season pass (4 heists, 4 tailor packs, 4 weapon packs)
  • The Collector’s Mask (physical item)
  • Custom deck of cards (physical item)
  • Stickers (physical item)
  • Membership letter to the Collector’s Club (physical item)
The masked player stands in a vault in front of numerous money banknotes. Behind him, we see Swat units entering the room.
Payday 3 screenshot (Source: Starbreeze Studios/Deep Silver)


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Are you also eagerly waiting for this next-gen heist game? How do you like the new combat system of Payday 3? Let us know in the comments below.

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