• Ben Thompson

Payday 3 on course for 2023 release after Starbreeze secures €50 million co-publishing deal

Starbreeze Studios today announced that it has entered a co-publishing agreement with Koch Media and secured funding for the much anticipated Payday 3. It is planned to release on consoles and PC in 2023.

The deal is estimated to exceed €50 million for both the development and marketing of Payday 3 including a planned minimum of 18 months post launch content. The deal will also see Starbreeze retain the rights to the Payday IP.

“We are excited to announce this exclusive long-term PAYDAY 3 co-publishing deal with Koch Media who shares our passion for the PAYDAY franchise and the “Games as a service” model. In addition to securing the continued development, this deal secures global publishing of PAYDAY 3 as well as the marketing efforts through the entire game life cycle. We now have a strong foundation for a successful launch of PAYDAY 3”, said Tobias Sjögren, Acting CEO of Starbreeze.

Payday 3 was originally announced back in 2016 in which Starbreeze had been struggling to find a publisher for the game. It was to be believed that Starbreeze were under significant financial pressure in the last few years due to the handling of one of it’s previous project, Overkills The Walking Dead which never saw the light of day on consoles and sold poorly on PC. With this deal Starbreeze can find themselves in a stable situation and go all out working on Payday 3.