Payday 3 is out on September twenty first for Xbox Sequence X/S, PS5 and PC, launching over a decade after Payday 2. Quite a bit has modified because the gang relocates to New York Metropolis to cope with a brand new menace, and the gameplay is altering too. From a brand new development system that influences your Abilities and weapon unlocks to new devices, enemies and techniques, there’s a lot to stay up for. Listed here are 15 issues it is best to know earlier than leaping into Payday 3.
New York Metropolis
The gang goes from Washington D.C., the place they loved a soft retirement after Payday 2, to the Large Apple, New York Metropolis. Whereas initially touted as a “dwelling, monumental illustration of the town,” the staff has since clarified that it’s not “faithfully” recreating New York or working with a strict map. “We’re constructing a Payday New York, and it is extremely totally different. It appears to be like and feels the identical, however if you begin wanting on the particulars, it’s not the identical,” mentioned lead setting artist Fredrik Larsson in a dev diary. However, you’ll be able to spot quite a few particulars from numerous adverts to civilians taking out money from ATMs or hailing cabs.
For those who by no means performed a Payday recreation, what are you able to anticipate? Firstly, you’ll be able to’t simply go in weapons blazing, killing NPCs and enemies left and proper (you understand who you might be). As a substitute, Payday is about scoping out the scene of a heist, recognizing weaknesses in safety, patterns for guards and setting issues as much as skillfully and shortly extract as a lot cash as attainable utilizing the instruments readily available. The complexity of heists varies, and make no mistake, loads of working and gunning whereas escaping the legislation is current.
Whereas Payday 3 retains the rules of its core gameplay loop, there are a number of modifications to enhance the expertise total. It’s attainable earlier than heists to go in with out masks and scope out your environment. You may full extra targets and sneak round with out utilizing a masks, and enemies now have a section the place they’ll search for you earlier than stuff hits the fan. Different modifications embrace enemies being extra strategic and having up to date behaviors, whereas civilians have extra makes use of.
Extra Civilian Makes use of
Civilians, notably hostages, are price protecting alive since you should use them to cut back the time for allies to exit Police Custody. Nevertheless, it’s also possible to commerce them through the Negotiation section of a heist for extra time. Enemies are extra cautious when civilians are current, like shotgunners utilizing exact weapons. Technically, you should use them as cowl, on the threat of them dying within the crossfire. Some expertise additionally present extra issues when buying and selling civilians.
Variety of Heists
Payday 3 launches with eight heists, every feeling like a “set piece”, however nonetheless barely decrease than Payday 2’s ten heists. Starbreeze hasn’t outlined the complete record, however we’ve got seen the Surphaze Artwork Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the place gamers should sneak inside and steal some work and statues. The twist is that you need to distinguish which of them are actual after which escape. Different gameplay trailers have showcased hectic shootouts with police, so there can be loads of motion for individuals who search it.
Along with weapons and expertise, Payday 3 additionally provides devices. A number of of those can be acquainted, just like the Ammo and Medic Luggage, however you even have the Armor Bag. Well being not regenerates passively, and armor is your important technique of negating injury (with extra armor making you slower). You want an Armor Bag to revive it, however enemies even have armor-piercing weapons, so that you should be cautious.
The Sentry Turret additionally returns and will present some masking hearth when issues get too crowded. There’s additionally hacking, although it’s extra targeted on coping with cameras. Starbreeze plans to increase on it down the road as extra content material is added.
Development is overhauled in Payday 3, with the Infamy system seeing some modifications. It’s now your important leveling mechanic, with 150 ranges in whole. As you attain totally different ranges, you obtain a Talent Level, to unlock Abilities. Like Payday 2, you’ll be able to equip and unequip Abilities freely – the Talent Factors are extra like a useful resource figuring out what number of may be unlocked and upgraded at a time. There are 21 Talent Factors, so select rigorously.
One other change is that Talent Timber are gone. There are actually Talent Traces, with Base Abilities and improve nodes. Every Talent can have three to 5 upgrades, however you don’t must unlock any of them in a specific order. As soon as the Base Talent is enabled, select the upgrades that greatest go well with you or save these Talent Factors to unlock different noteworthy selections.
There are additionally Mastery Nodes, which don’t require taking their Base Abilities or upgrades. The trade-off is that they’re considerably weaker. For instance, Medic is a Base Talent that revives teammates 20 p.c quicker and gives two further expenses for Medic Bag. You additionally acquire Grit (extra on that later) on reviving teammates, decreasing injury taken by 40 p.c. The Mastery Node, Area Surgical procedure, permits for restoring an extra 10 p.c of max well being and restores one “down”, supplying you with one other lease on life. It’s worse than the Base Talent however could also be good when speccing into one thing fully totally different.
Whereas weapons have separate development paths, how do you unlock new ones? That’s the place the Problem Guide comes into play, as you acquire Infamy Factors for finishing totally different Challenges, which will increase your Infamy Stage. At sure ranges, you additionally unlock new weapons. There are a number of Challenges to filter by, and extra can be added post-launch.
Along with cash, there are additionally Crime Web Stacks or C-Stacks. These are just like the in-game model of cryptocurrency, obtained by changing money (and may’t be bought with actual cash). You should use these to accumulate high-end gear and weapons, cosmetics, and even the ultimate improve for weapons. Nevertheless, as you commerce additional cash for C-Stacks, the quantity required will enhance (although it resets weekly). C-Stacks may have extra makes use of post-launch.
Three Core Buffs – Edge, Grit and Rush – are current, which enhance your outgoing injury, injury discount and pace. Relying in your construct, you wish to spec into issues offering these buffs, although you’ll be able to’t have a number of stacks of every. Nevertheless, if you acquire a Core Buff – like a Talent that gives Edge on aiming down sights – it’s going to apply to all your injury (although whether or not that features devices just like the Sentry Turret stays to be seen).
Issue Choices and Safety Modifiers
Payday 3 options 4 issue choices at launch – Regular, Arduous, Very Arduous and Overkill. Starbreeze has already confirmed that enemy well being received’t change between difficulties, however they change into extra correct, deal extra injury and seem in bigger numbers. Nevertheless, Safety Modifiers additionally exist to “throw a wrench” into the proceedings. These are rotating safety companies which change the way you strategy duties. Particulars are sparse, however they provide methods to maintain heists difficult whereas growing replay worth.
Your favourite enemies are getting updates, whether or not it’s the Bulldozer having a bullrush and tackling gamers or the Cloaker melting deployables and utilizing two nightstick bracers. Nevertheless, there are additionally new threats just like the Nader, who throws fuel grenades that cease sprinting and deal injury over time. They swap to flashbangs if civilians are close to, so there could also be a manner to make use of that to your benefit. You even have the Zapper, who can stun gamers – struggle again shortly, otherwise you change into incapacitated.
The PC necessities for Payday 3 are somewhat…sparse, presently. What we do know, based mostly on its Steam itemizing, is that you just want Home windows 10, an web connection (with the sport all the time on-line) and 16 GB RAM minimal. Different minimal necessities embrace an Intel Core i5-9400F and an Nvidia GTX 1650 (4 GB). Really useful specs embrace an Intel Core i7-9700K and a GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB). As for set up area, particular settings for various resolutions and body charges, we have to look forward to extra particulars.
Submit-Launch Content material
Payday 2 was identified for its intensive post-launch help, and Payday 3 is not any totally different. It has two Season Passes – one for six months and the opposite for a yr. The previous gives entry to 2 new heists, Tailor Packs and Weapon Packs. The one-year cross provides 4 heists, Tailor Packs and Weapon Packs. There are additionally microtransactions for Payday Credit, which the developer states are just for beauty objects that don’t have an effect on gameplay.