Payday 3 is still on its way, and we’ve now learned that developer Starbreeze has made a deal with Koch Media. Koch will pay €50 million ($59 million USD) to assist the game’s development and marketing. This deal spans across the base game and more than 18 months’ worth of post-launch support, as Payday 3 will be a games-as-a-service model.
In a news release, Starbreeze said thanks to this large investment Payday 3 is now “fully financed.” The game is now where near a release date, but it expected to debut sometime in 2023 on console and PC.
Starbreeze also mentions in their released statement that they still own the Payday IP. The franchise has been rather successful with 28 million “installed base games” so far. The image above is the first glimpse of Payday 3.
“We are excited to announce this exclusive long-term Payday 3 co-publishing deal with Koch Media who shares our passion for the Payday franchise and the games as a service model,” Starbreeze CEO Tobias Sjögren said. “We now have a strong foundation for a successful launch of Payday 3.”
Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz said, “Based on what we’ve seen already, Payday 3 is going to take the franchise to new heights and will delight Payday fans as well as new audiences alike with innovative multiplayer gameplay.”
Payday 3 was originally announced five years ago when Starbreeze acquired the franchise for $30 million. The company has been through a rough financial time the last couple of years, so this deal will likely be positive for Payday 3.