Users Rage Over Payday 2 Support-Stop on Last-Gen Consoles

When Overkill announced that Payday 2: Crimewave Edition was coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in February as well as continued support for the game until 2017, a lot of people got excited for the chance to play the heist game on the current generation consoles.

In the announcement was something most people read past in the excitement for the new versions and all the new content promised – both paid and free – and that was the announcement that the company would cease the update development for the last generation consoles, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Q: Will you continue to support PAYDAY 2 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3?
A: In connection with this, we have decided to retire the PAYDAY 2 update development on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so.

As said, many people didn’t notice that part and they’re now taking their rage out on twitter and similar social media platforms. But really, no one is to blame here, it just reached a natural stopping point where that 10-year old hardware can’t handle things anymore.

The developers are equally sad that they can’t continue the work, but there just isn’t anything they can do about it.

“We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so,” the statement reads. “For those of you who play Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and have been looking forward to new updates, you’ll be pissed when you hear this. We hate this too, because there’s nothing we can do about it.”

505 Games offered a discount on the new PS4 and Xbox One version for pre-orders up until launch, but there weren’t any loyalty bonuses for the old generation console users nor could that take their savegames with them to the new console. As such there weren’t many players that took advantage of it.

This is just one of many instances we’ll see where this will become an issue for those who refuse to upgrade their hardware for one reason or another and we can expect more and more developers to drop support for the older generations in the future.

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Overkill Gives 2 More Years of Support for Payday 2

Overkill, Payday 2’s developer, announced that it will continue support for the tittle until 2017. The studio apparently has reached a deal with publisher 505 Games that will allow it to deliver content for two more years. The current model for Payday 2 mixes free updates, optional paid DLCs and new campaigns.

“We’ve seen many of your comments already. At Overkill, we are still celebrating,” producer Almir Listo explained in a new blog post. “We are very excited about this. On behalf of the rest of the crew, thank you everyone for your support through the years! We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys! We will honor your support by continue supporting Payday 2 for two more years. Alright! We have a lot in store for the rest of the year and have no time to rest.”

Overkill stated that it is currently getting ready to release the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the title with all DLCs up to date this June. Also, the developer has a detailed roadmap of paid and free content updates laid out and with a database of over 9 million users, it would only make sense for them to continue support for the title and keep its fans happy.

“We could [make Payday 3],” Listo stated. “But it would just bite us back in the end.”We want to build a long-term relationship with the community. Five years ago we barely existed. We’ve always respected them and their devotion to the Payday universe.”

Overkill is said to also be working on a new The Walking Dead title and a mysterious sci-fi project called Storm, which is due in 2016.

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505 Games & Plastic Piranha Launch ‘Rekoil’ On Steam

Publisher 505 Games and developer Plastic Piranha announced today that their latest tile Rekoil is now available on Windows PC via Steam for the price of £11.99.

Set in a world devastated by an unrelenting pandemic, Rekoil is a multiplayer hardcore balanced arena shooter that allows mass battles of 16-24 players. Developed by a modder for new and experienced modders, the game features full mod tools as well as seven different game modes, 10 maps, and 40 different weapons, all focused on infantry based combat across a number of different locations. From the fast moving Assault class, to the heavily armed and dangerous Heavy Gunner class, Rekoil was made for those who desire balanced FPS gameplay with a large variety of different play styles.

Rekoil supports customizable servers and was developed with eSports in mind. The game features all of the functionality required to properly facilitate competitive events. Full spectator mode will be present for casting and commentary needs, direct Twitch TV integration for streamers to broadcast from within the game, LAN support for tournaments, and for event organizers and video directors, replay functionality will be in place to allow players to review a match after the fact.

Aspiring level designers and game developers can enter the Rekoil map making competition here with full contest details available here. Entrants must submit their maps by the deadline of midnight PST on March 7, 2014. Each level submission will be reviewed and evaluated by the community, 505 Games and Plastic Piranha.

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We’re really looking forward to checking this game out, fast paced action and a more than affordable price tag make it a tempting option to kill some time over the weekend, but it remains to be seen how well the game will be accepted my the eSports community and just how big the game will become.

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Get Some 4 Player Co-op Action In Tiny Brains On PlayStation 4

505 Games have announced that Spearhead Games’ co-op indie puzzler Tiny Brains is now available for download in North America on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 for just $19.99. The game will soon be available for PlayStation 4 system in European territories and on Steam for Windows PC and PlayStation 3 for all territories this winter.

Tiny Brains is the brainchild of Spearhead Games, an independent studio of AAA veterans based out of Montreal. A next generation party game, Tiny Brains redefines “co-op” by challenging players to work together as one as one of four tiny (but super-powered!) lab animals. Thrown into a gauntlet of physics puzzles, the four “Tiny Brains” must combine their unique abilities to make it through a mad scientist’s trick-ridden maze. Featuring a story mode, dozens of time-based and endless challenges, and a few surprises like the competitive “Tiny Soccer” mode, Tiny Brains is the most superhero fun you can have on a miniature scale.

Designed with local co-op as a gold standard, Tiny Brains also features online multiplayer and drop-in/drop-out play for groups tinier than four. Players can swap in between characters to utilize their different powers and levels change dynamically based on how many people are playing. Unique to the PlayStation 4 system, Tiny Brains makes use of the DualShock 4 light bar so that each controller shines the same color as the player’s character. Using the touch pad, players can also bring down a coloured arrow to indicate where they require a furry friend’s help.

Tiny Brains will be 10 percent off for PlayStation Plus members through December and free for the PlayStation 3 system when you buy the PlayStation 4 system version through a cross-buy promotion. PC gamers can pre-order Tiny Brains on Steam for 30 percent off before December 18 here.

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Sniper Elite V2 Now Available On PSN In Americas

Developer Rebellion has announced today that the thrilling game, Sniper Elite V2, has finally arrived at the Sony Entertainment Network Store in the Americas. The game was originally released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2012 and hit the PSN in Europe a few months ago. It seems that it was about time for it to be released on the other side of the ocean  as well.

Rebellion, who had worked closely with publisher 505 Games to get out the retail console releases of the game, decided to take advantage of self-publishing the game on PlayStation Network. The developer states that the reason for the delay in getting the game to be available digitally on the Sony Network in the Americas was that they had “minor teething problems” in being recognized as a new publisher to the platform. The game is now available from the Sony store in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

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For those Play Station users who do not currently own the game, I suggest you head on over to the PSN and scoop this up. That is if you are good friends with zoom optics, bullet physics and want to see slow motion bullet effect and bone cracking  animations (of course it is more to it than this, but just to sum it up).

Rebellion is currently working on the next installment, Sniper Elite 3, and it is expected to be released sometime in 2014 for both PC and consoles.

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Payday 2 Sells 1.58 Million Copies Already, 80% Of Them Digital

Payday 2, the sequel to the popular FPS cooperative shooter Payday: The Heist, has now reach around 1.6 million copies sold on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 since its launch on August 13th. 80% of the sales have been via digital download claim developers Overkill Software (subsidiary of Starbreeze Studios) and publishers 505 Games.

Payday 2 was apparently profitable just from pre-orders alone and now the developers and publisher will continue to split all future earnings 50/50.

For those who haven’t played Payday 2 the game is based on cooperating with friends or randomly assigned players to complete missions such as bank robberies and bank heists. The game received generally very positive reception from gamers and critics alike being described as a significant improvement over Payday: The Heist.

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