It’s all hands on deck as Starbreeze Studios pulls back the curtain on their latest caper, Payday 3, shedding light on the game’s solo mode. The revelation has triggered a bit of a kerfuffle, not the sort of cheering you’d expect at a successful heist, though. Why? Because you’ll need to be online to play. Yes, even in solo mode.
Payday 3: A Modern Day Heist Saga in the Making
Payday, notorious for its multiplayer thrills, throws a bone to the lone wolves with Payday 3. The solo mode allows players to have their very own, computer-generated, band of merry criminals. A digital Bonnie and Clyde, if you will.
The much-awaited sequel to 2013’s Payday 2, Payday 3 brings back the fan-favourite felons of its predecessor. It’s going to be a blast from the past in the most modern way possible – set in a contemporary rendition of New York City. With fresh heists to orchestrate and robberies to pull, you’ll be crisscrossing the city, one thrilling job after another.
The developers are leaving no stone unturned in making the sequel a fitting response to the changing times. So, expect a heist-narrative laced with nods to emerging technologies, cryptocurrencies, Big Brother-esque surveillance, and a chilling foray into the Dark Web. The folks at Starbreeze Studios are playing it close to their chest, keeping details about the new missions under wraps, promising an enhanced challenge quotient in Payday 3.
A couple of months ago a teaser trailer was dropped but that really didn’t shed any light whatsoever on what exactly to expect from the upcoming title.
Payday 3: Why You Can’t Go Offline
However, the party went a bit sour when Almir Listo, Starbreeze Studios’ global brand director, dropped a bit of a bombshell during a recent live stream. He announced that Payday 3, despite offering solo mode, would mandate an online connection, even for single-player games. The rationale behind the move, according to Listo, is to support cross-progression and crossplay, with a constant connection ensuring smooth data transfer between platforms.
Unsurprisingly, the move drew quite a few frowns. The comment section was abuzz with disgruntled players voicing their dissatisfaction with the ‘always-online’ requirement, especially those who prefer platform-specific gaming and have little to no interest in multiplayer or cross-progression.
Many bemoaned the lack of offline mode, threatening to reconsider their decision to buy Payday 3 and possibly seeking out other heist-themed games with a Grand Theft Auto-like vibe.
However, those who don’t mind staying plugged into the matrix to enjoy Payday 3’s single-player mode can look forward to an array of new features. The game developers promise enhanced gameplay elements, including revamped weapons and armour and refined difficulty scaling, along with a refreshing modern setting.
Don your masks, load your weapons and prepare for a high-stakes heist when Payday 3 hits the shelves on September 21st for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
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