In an announcement posted by Starbreeze Studios today, it was revealed that the company has reached an agreement with 505 Games to acquire the full rights to the Payday franchise. The announcement also suggested that Payday 3 was in the works.
After the transaction Starbreeze will own the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise for any future developments or commercialization, including PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY for mobile platforms. Starbreeze will retain full net revenue from PAYDAY 2 on the Steam platform starting retroactively from May 1st, 2016. Revenue generated by the console game PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition will continue to be split between the companies as before, and 505 Games will continue to publish the title.
“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,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO. “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.”
Destructoid also reached out for comment about Payday 3, and Overkill Software’s Almir Listo stated that, “As per the press release, we’re confirming its existence, but that’s it – no more.”