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If you're a kleptomaniac who owns an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, I have some very good news; Payday 2 is making its way to your favorite console.
In a blog post on Overkill Software's website, the developer announced Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, a current-gen rendition of Overkill's co-op shooter. This newly minted version shares most of its genetic makeup with the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions but contains a few surprises.
So, what's different? Here's how Overkill describes it:
For us, this is the ultimate heisting experience on the new generation consoles, featuring more than a year of post-release content at release, such as Old Hoxton, Clover, Dragan, the Big Bank Heist, the Diamond Heist and much more. It also features new technical updates like improved framerate, 1080P resolution and improved texture quality.
Unfortunately, Overkill's news has a major drawback; the developer will be dropping support for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Overkill is an indie studio, so the company doesn't have the manpower to support every platform.
Here's a snippit from the blog:
We are confident that we have done everything we could cramming as much content we possibly could on both of the platforms. There are several technical reason as to why. For one, please understand that from a technical perspective, some of these consoles are almost a decade old. While trying to understand why we couldn’t develop more content, we learnt that they don’t have the fire power or memory to deal with 50 additional content updates that we have been developing for PAYDAY 2 after its release.
When Payday was released 2011, it was one of the only games on the market that could legitimately situate itself in the "heist genre" (if that's an actual genre). But now, some of the biggest names in the industry have adapted their formulas to include Payday-style gameplay.
Battlefield Hardline revolves entirely around blockbuster-level heists, and Grand Theft Auto V recently added its own selection of larceny-laden operations. But even though these heavy hitters are horning in on Payday's real-estate, Overkill isn't worried.
In an interview with VG247, Payday producer Almir Listo welcomed the competition:
I’m looking forward to GTA Heists on PC and seeing what Hardline has got. From our perspective we just welcome the challenge. Any competition can only make our game better. We will of course play their games and have a lot of fun and we’ll learn from them, what they did good and what they could have done better.
It's hard to predict what kind of effect Battlefield and GTA will have on Payday, but that's a question for another day. In the mean time, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will hit the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in June.