E3 2011: Sony announces Payday: The Heist

Listen, you might not be headed to E3. That's fine – literally hundreds of people worldwide are in your exact position this week! But maybe you're frustrated at your inability to infiltrate the inner circles of the technorati, or fantasizing about making it into the event and scoring fat swag by fair means or foul. In a genius bit of psychological marketing, Sony suggests you channel these feelings into excitement for Payday: The Heist, a “digitally distributed AAA quality title for less than half the price of a retail game” cannily announced just as you're gearing up for another year not spent on the show floor.

The game, a crime-themed FPS designed for co-op play, is designed by Overkill Software, a Swedish house made up of refugees from recently-closed Bionic Commando rebooters GRIN. Overkill's CEO Bo Andersson has been answering questions over on Sony's announcement page – clarifying that the game, rather than a full-sized expansion of multiplayer modes like those of GTAIV or Kane and Lynch, will be a Left 4 Dead-style, co-op only series of heist set-pieces. Players take the role of lawless scallywags seeking increasingly huge and well-protected quarries, developing their skill in a variety of character classes for use against AI opponents seeking to protect the rule of law. Overkill boast that the latter's unscripted nature means robberies needn't play out the same way twice, giving the title heavy replay value in addition to its “intense, gritty and unapologetic” style.

Above: The game “intensely” uses L4D's “gritty” visual shorthand, and is “unapologetic” about that. See more screens here 

Payday is scheduled for release sometime during 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and PC. Doubtless we'll all learn more about Payday soon – but what do you think of what you've seen so far?

 Jun 6, 2011




  • sugaplz - June 7, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Cold...very cold
  • therealmaggo - June 7, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    I can see it getting one-note very quickly... how many times can you run into a bank, defend a point presumably, then escape? Would need some pretty compelling gameplay to keep people hooked longer than say, four games? An interactive getaway drive/helicopter/boat would be nice, four people co-op gunning it away from the cops or something, with one driving and the other three shooting. Left 4 Dead was all about zombies, but it had variety in terms of enemies, scenarios, and things to do. If this can do the same and inject more tricks into what could be a one trick pony, it could be pretty sick.
  • Bobbety - June 7, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    My question is, do the police swarm you by the hundreds like Left 4 Dead?
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 6, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I agree with Kit, it's a relief to see something new. The concept is definitely interesting, hopefully it works out.
  • kit07 - June 6, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    it's a new IP so im down for sure. glad to see something come out of E3 that isn't a remake or sequel
  • TheHungryLemur - June 6, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    The look of it kind of reminds me of the intro from The Dark Knight but then again so did Kane and Lynch 2's multiplayer. I hope it 's reminicent of Kane and Lynch but not just a clone in FPS form. Not too high hopes for this.
  • SoutheastSam - June 6, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Would've preferred it be third-person

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