Overkill Software has confirmed that Payday 3 is currently in development on the Unreal Engine.
In a celebratory tweet to mark 100 thousand followers, the Payday Twitter account revealed the news with a cheeky tweet featuring a 1337 hacker breaking into CRIMENET to find out the news.
Payday 3’s existence was confirmed as far back as 2016, but this new tweet adds that the game is currently in the design phase, and is being built within the Unreal Engine. The switch to Unreal is notable, given that Payday 2 was built using Overkill’s own Diesel Engine – it may be that we see Payday use the impressive Unreal Engine 5.
ACCESS: PAYDAY TWITTER MAN
MEMBER COUNT: 100,000
REQUEST RECEIVED, ACCESSING CRIMENET…
STATUS PAYDAY 3
RELEASE DATE TBA
UNREAL ENGINE pic.twitter.com/fqnWYEaCSg
— PAYDAY 2 (@PAYDAYGame) October 3, 2020
A release date for Payday 3 is yet to be announced, but this is the first news we’ve heard about the game in a while, which suggests that more information may be on the way soon for fans of the co-op heisting franchise. It’s heartening news after Overkill’s The Walking Dead flopped causing major financial trouble for publisher Starbreeze, which was the subject of reports saying that it might not survive another year in 2019.
Payday 2’s secret ending was unlocked in 2018, some five years after release. We reviewed the game back in 2013, scoring it an 8 and calling it a “great cooperative shooter.” Overkill is still supporting the game with extra content and heists, too. The Breakfast in Tijuana case arrived just a few months ago in June 2020.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.