The latest Payday 2 update somewhat mitigates the game’s recent microtransaction drama

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Remember last week, when Overkill introduced a new drill microtransaction to PayDay 2 as part of the Black Market update? Yeah, the community weren’t too fond of that move, especially because it made the shooter a little too pay-to-win for their liking. The developers have taken all that criticism to heart, and have now fixed the problem… sort of.

A new patch (update 84) has dropped, which contains the following changes (via VG247):

  • Fixed an issue where the reload sound for the Ksp 58 were missing
  • Fixed an issue where attachments equipped on the RPK were floating on the side of the barrel
  • Fixed an issue with Edit Keys options text for the keybind for Gadget
  • Fixed an issue where the Iron Sights for the CAR-4 were visible through objects when having certain modifications equipped
  • Fixed an issue where some Gadget modifications clipped through the Bipod modification when both were equipped on the Brenner
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if you try and deploy the bipod while performing other actions
  • Fixed an issue where players couldn’t be downed by a cloaker when having the bipod deployed
  • Added the First World Bank heist. Players can find it under the contact “Classics” from the Contract Broker in Crime.Net
  • Added Drills to the Card Loot Drop reward table. Players can now be rewarded with Drills that can open Safes after successfully completing a heist
  • Added the song “Gun Metal Grey 2015” by Simon Viklund

Notice anything? Embedded in all those fixes is a small change that now gives players a chance of looting drills.

It doesn’t fix the problem entirely. If Joe Soap has a credit card loaded with millions of cash monies, there is nothing to stop him from buying a bunch of drills and unlocking a ton of safes. Still, at least this change levels the playing field somewhat, but not 100% I’m afraid.

I know I may be shot for saying this, but I really don’t mind microtransactions – if they are handled correctly. Valve have the perfect model in my mind. A player can shower all the cash they want in Dota 2 or Counter Strike: Global Offensive for example, yet it will not give them any sort of gameplay advantage – only a shiny new cosmetic look.

I suppose the model Team Fortress 2 has is up for debate though. Valve’s shooter possesses a bunch of alternate weapons that come packed with different stats, similar to that of PayDay 2 in a sense. At least they were never hidden exclusively behind a paywall, and now, neither are those in PayDay 2.

Last Updated: October 21, 2015

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