In an effort to stay alive, Starbreeze and Overkill are resurrecting Payday 2 with plans for new free and premium DLC. They're not dawdling, either: Silk Road, the first new content update for Payday 2 since Overkill halted development a year ago, is coming out on November 7.
To hype up the release, Starbreeze has released a trailer for the update's new Border Crossing Heist. It looks like the mission kicks off with a blitz on a surly biker gang before escalating into an all-out showdown between the Payday gang and waves of heavily armed and armored forces.
Late last month, Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark announced that Overkill was resuming development on Payday 2. Nermark acknowledged that Starbreeze has been through an exceptionally rough year—after being raided by Swedish authorities, canceling Overkill's Walking Dead game, and undergoing substantial layoffs, the company's long-term prospects are a bit up in the air.
Resuming development on Payday 2 and charging for some of the updates may help Starbreeze right the ship. While some of the upcoming content will be free, all Payday 2 owners will have to pay for the new premium DLC. Starbreeze has replaced the Payday 2 Ultimate Edition with a "Legacy Edition" for all owners and new buyers, which still contains all the previously released DLC but drops the promise for "forever-free-content."
In its latest financial results, Starbreeze disclosed that it lost $30.8 million over the first nine months of the year. Currently in "reconstruction," an arrangement similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Starbreeze predicts it will recover and is forging ahead with development on Payday 3, a full-fledged sequel expected no earlier than 2022.