A Steam page went live this past weekend.
Four shadowy figures stand near a railing while the New York City skyline looms in the distance.

2023 has been dubbed "the year of Payday 3" from the game's developers at Overkill Software. The next installment of this cooperative heist-focused franchise looks like it may finally be released this year. The news came alongside a new Steam page for Payday 3 that went live over the weekend.

The page includes a short teaser video (seen below) showing off some fireworks going off over New York while some shadowy figures watch on. This seems to reconfirm the notion that we are headed to New York for most of the heists in Payday 3. It also seems to confirm a 2023 release. We also know that the original four members of the gang (Dallas, Chains, Wolf, and Hoxton) will return in Payday 3. It's not clear if Houston, Hoxton's brother that took over for Hoxton in Payday 2, will be returning in this sequel.

Back in 2021, Overkill say that they want to make the world of Payday 3 feel more alive. They say that locations will change significantly once alarms go off and the authorities show up. They also plan to include more modern technology compared to the previous games, and will incorporate things like more high-tech surveillance, new gadgets, and even some measure of social media commentary on the in-game events. There will also be some sort of a focus on things like cryptocurrency and tech bros in the game's overall plot. Let's just hope they don't try to go full method and attempt to sell "real" NFTs to players.

As it stands, there is at least 18 months of post-release support planned for Payday 3. If anything, I'd say that this is probably underselling the amount of post-release support this game will get given how much content was released after the fact for Payday 2. It was this DLC for Payday 2 that actually helped keep Overkill's parent company, Starbreeze, afloat after their CFO was convicted of insider trading, the absolutely terrible launch of Overkill's The Walking Dead, laying off 60 employees, and completely restructuring the company.

As far as leadership is concerned, the Starbreeze that exists today is almost a completely different Starbreeze that existed just a couple of years ago. The current CEO of Starbreeze, Tobias Sjören, has been rather optimistic about the company's future in recent statements.

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Step out of retirement back into the life of crime in the shoes of the Payday Gang, the envy of their peers and the nightmare of law-enforcement wherever they go. Several years after the crew’s reign of terror over Washington DC has ended, they assemble once again to deal with the threat that roused them out of early retirement.​