Overkill Software got hammered hard when they introduced microtransactions into Payday 2. It was a move that’s now been revealed to be the work of their former overlord and master, 505 Games. It turns out that after reacquiring the rights to Payday 2, Overkill was able to do what gamers had been begging them to do for quite some time now: remove the microtransactions.
Over on the Steam page for Payday [via Ship2Block20], Overkill Software’s Almir Listo explained that for update 100 they wanted to let everyone know that they own Payday again, and they’re making all black market items free for everyone going forward, writing…
“We own PAYDAY again. The PAYDAY franchise is ours again and to celebrate it, we’re giving away a community grenade, the skills tree and we’re making the black market free for everyone going forward. Check out the video above for more details.”
They released a video highlighting update 100, giving gamers a reason to be excited for one of the best games released in the last generation. Check it out below.
Listo further explains in the video about the way safes will work and how the marketplace will be reshaped moving forward following update 100, saying…
“Any new generation of safe that drops, will be dropping completely for free and will continue to have different rarities and qualities depending on what kind of item you get. The only difference is, now you open them for free”
He also notes that the marketplace will still allow for user trades, so you can swap, switch out and trade items with your friends just like before. None of that is going away.
It was a real shame about the microtransactions they were forced to implement at the behest of 505 Games. Worse yet is that they had to do the servant’s duty of defending the anti-consumer practice as if it was a bowel movement put into a bowl that they were forced to eat and share with the rest of their community… and smile while doing so. Thankfully, now that they’re out from under the NDA and have the title back under their
Payday 3 is in the works, and there are still 18 months left of support and content that Overkill will pump into Payday 2 before they call it quits on the game. Thankfully, those 18 months will be microtransaction-free. For more info feel free to visit the Steam store page.
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