PayDay 2’s micro-transactions are here to stay

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Last week, we told you that PayDay 2 developer Overkill had surreptitiously snuck a microtransaction system in to the game, one that allows for drills, purchased in game, to crack open safes that yield items with a real-world value on Steam’s marketplace.

After the active Payday 2 community revolted, Overkill reneged a little, by releasing a patch that made the requisite drill to sometimes drop as loot, mitigating the need to shell necessarily out money for them. That wasn’t really enough for long-time fans, especially given that in the past, Overkill had promised it would never riddle the game with microtransactions.

In a reddit AMA, Overkill producer Almir Listo (via Destructoid) sought to clear everything up. It’s had the opposite effect though, and fans are more furious than ever. The gist of it is that PayDay 2’s microtransactions are here, and they’re here to stay.

Listo took the pure PR route in his AMA, deflecting serious questions with what can only be called babble, blaming the media for sensationalising the game’s transactions, and confirming that the microtransactions are starting to earn the company money.

“We understand that there is a lot of fury, anger and disappointment with us adding this. From an economical standpoint however, completely based on statistics, we can already see that the Black Market update is working as we intended.”

He also says that it’s okay to have pay to win stuff in the game, because it’s not competitive. Because you’re working as a team, any sort of bonuses your team mates get help you as well.

“There are several arguments as to why we think stat boosts are OK to have in PAYDAY 2, and here are three; – The game is balanced around the vanilla experience, that is, the game without any DLC.

When we add any new difficulties, enemies, features, heists or otherwise, we balance this in relation to the base game. – PAYDAY 2 is a player-versus-environment game. You and your three friends play together against the AI; you lose together and you win together. Any advantage your friends have will only benefit the success of the group. – Making sure that the boosts are balanced in such a way that it doesn’t impare on the player’s experience. This is an ongoing effort on our side.”

Which just doesn’t cut it for me, to be honest. I don’t play PayDay 2 – but I wouldn’t want my team mates to have unnatural bonuses and stat boosts, because it ruins the balance of the game, whether its competitive or not.

Do you still play PayDay 2? What are your thoughts on the game’s microtransactions?

Last Updated: October 26, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    I’m just so fucking sick of pubs making MTs sound like it’s for US, for the gamer, to make the experience better. Piss off, man. I don’t like mince, no gamer likes mince, so why are you giving us mince?

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      I like mince, especially when it is packed in a nomnom frikkadel or patty

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Frikkadel would be so good right now, on a lekker soft roll.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          You know what is better than a frikkadel?

          • (Umar) Must be Cipher

            bobotie?

          • oVg

            bobotie FTW

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            FIVE FRIKKADELLE

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Aye

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Mince > Chicken

        • Sageville

          The guy that decided that the term “Mince Pies” can be used for something that contains only fruit, needs to be shot.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            Can you imagine a mince pie with mince in it? Uuuuurgh. Yukkies.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I agree.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why don’t they mince along with their MTs? #amirite

    • I like mince in my bolognese! Don’t speak for me!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        #MinceThis

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        #MinceMustNeverFall

    • oVg

      Im eating mince while reading your comment 😛

  • Really loved vanilla Payday 2 (played with friends). Took a break.

    DLC scared me off from coming back (There is a metric tonne of the shit).

    This update assures that this game will live in my archive, never to be installed again on Steam.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I was fine with the DLC. Bought a few of them too…and most were really awesome.
      But this just broke it for me.

  • Hammersteyn

    Also give a big shout out to people spending money on MT. Fools and their money are soon parted and almost no where is that more true than here.

    • Sageville

      Hows that Rocket League car of yours?

      *Runs

      • Hammersteyn

        Hahahaha Not bad for a game that was free,

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          I’ll admit that I’ve also spent money on content for an F2P game.

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s the difference. You’re not supposed to spend MT on a AAA game. Why the hell charge $60 for it then?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        LOL

  • oVg

    If gamers HATE micro transactions then they would not be implemented. As simple as that.

    • Hammersteyn

      Apparently MT is the best thing since Mario Bros. 3

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I’m sure the parents whose kids are the ones mostly buying MTs with their credit cards don’t like it much either.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    I’ve already uninstalled mine.
    nearly 400hrs of gameplay…but this just made me lose respect for Overkill

  • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

    Microtransactions might be here to stay, but Payday 2 isn’t here to stay on my PC.
    *uninstalls

  • konfab

    I don’t mind micro transactions if all they provide is a way to buy in game currency that is available to everyone.

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