Starbreeze Studios Confirms Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch Will Include Content “Through Mid-2017”

Starbreeze Studios gave a clearer idea of what to expect from Payday 2 on the Nintendo Switch, which will be about a year behind the PC version in content.

on February 21, 2018 4:28 PM

Coming up on the game’s fifth anniversary, Payday 2 will get a new life on the Nintendo Switch with the latest version of the game arriving this week, and new details have come to light on what to expect from the game’s Switch edition.

In a statement to Polygon, publisher Starbreeze Studios clarified some details on the upcoming release of Payday 2 on the Nintendo Switch, which is set to arrive later this week in Europe and at the end of the month for the US on the system.

Specifically, Starbreeze explained that Payday 2 on the Switch will be based on an older version of the game, with the Switch version specifically having content “up to and including the ‘Most Wanted’ update, which is equivalent to the content released through mid-2017 on PC.” Essentially, that puts the Switch version one update behind the PS4 and Xbox One versions, which received the “Master Plan” update in late 2017, and several behind the PC version of the game, which is the most up-to-date iteration of the game.

Starbreeze stated that the reasoning behind launching an older iteration of the game on the Switch was that given the timeframe of the early 2018 release for the Switch version, the studio “had to go with the content ported and available at the time of console submission,” but addressed that “future content updates” are planned for the Switch version after release.

The inquiry into the Switch version’s state comes after several posts on Reddit sparked fan concern and confusion as to what version of the game would be coming to the Switch, after leaked footage from the Switch version found its way online and showed that the game appeared to be missing features and content from the more recent iterations of the game on consoles and PC.

Payday 2 is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Linux, and will be hitting the Nintendo Switch later this month.

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