Swedish publisher Starbreeze have acquired the full rights to the Payday franchise in a deal worth $30 million. A new sequel to the series, Payday 3, has also been confirmed as part of the announcement. The deal ensures that Starbreeze will get the “full rights to the Payday franchise for all future developments and commercialization” – which includes both Payday 2 and Payday’s mobile games.
The press release goes on to explain that Starbreeze will get “full net revenue” from Payday 2 on Steam retroactively from May 1, while they will split revenue on the console versions of the game with former rights holder 505 Games (which is no different than the deal previously in place).
One seemingly immediate consequence of the deal has seen Overkill Software, developers on the Payday series, announce that they’re doing away with the controversial microtransaction system found in Payday 2.
No details on Payday 3 were announced, aside from the fact of its existence.
As part of the released statement, Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint said:
“Payday is very close to my heart, and has laid the foundation for Starbreeze success in recent years. We’re very excited to bring our heisters home to the safe house. To start with, we believe in the continued success of Payday 2 and will support it for at least another 18 months continuing expanding the game.”