Payday 3 Gets First Screenshot, Confirms Switch to Unreal Engine
After years of little news, Payday 3 gets its first screenshot. Though no confirmed release date, the development studio switched to Unreal Engine.
After years of little news surrounding the highly anticipated next installment of the popular franchise, Payday 3 finally received its first screenshot directly from the officially Payday Twitter account:
If those are fully in-game graphics, they look absolutely fantastic and bodes well for the game’s progress. And here’s the full screenshot if you want a closer look:
Other than the screenshot, we find out another important piece of information: that Overkill Software has switched over to Unreal Engine. As though we still don’t have a locked in release date, this is still phenomenal news that will absolutely facilitate a much faster and more efficient development cycle.
Back in 2017, Payday publisher Starbreeze confirmed that production of Payday 3 had started, with the game at the “full design stage” at that point. According to CEO Bon Andersson Klint, the game will get as much time as it needs, as it is the company’s single most important brand today, and the cornerstone of its business. The news came after the publisher revealed its financial results, showing that the company earned SEK 345.5 million in revenue — up 58% from the SEK 218.4 million posted over the same period the previous year — while profit climbed 45% to SEK 57.1 million.
Last year saw the next update concerning Payday 3. The Swedish company stated that it will be releasing Payday 3 sometime in 2022 or 2023. According to Eurogamer, during a brutal reconstruction of the company that has seen a staff exodus and subsidiaries sold off, the company still has plans to continue with its popular series.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead on Steam released last November to middling reception from both critics and players and the development studio has been under threat ever since. Since the game didn’t sell so well, it has caused financial problems and the exiting of Bo Anderson, the previous CEO of the company. Not to mention that Starbreeze had some major legal troubles at the end of last year when the company’s offices were raided by Swedish authorities under the suspicion of insider trading, leading to the arrest of one individual associated with the charges brought forth.