Payday 3 is coming and Payday 2 will get more updates through the end of 2017

Payday 3 is on the way but that doesn't mean Payday 2 is stopping any time soon. Along with announcing that it had re-acquired all the rights to the first-person heist series from 505 Games, publisher Starbreeze revealed that it plans to support Payday 2 through at least the end of 2017.

On top of new stuff, developer Overkill also plans to strip out some of Payday 2's less-popular microtransactions. Hand grenades will be available for all players instead of being locked behind paid DLC, and all those loot-bearing, tradeable safes will be free to open.

Starbreeze and Overkill didn't reveal any details about Payday 3 beyond its existence, but it will be welcome news for fans of wearing masks and doing crimes. Given the update commitment for Payday 2, I wouldn't expect it to arrive until mid-2017 at the earliest. Speaking of which, here's a live-action tease for some upcoming Payday 2 news at E3.

The crew are talking about working with a biker, which makes me wonder if The Walking Dead's Negan is coming to claim his trademark baseball bat. Lucille was previously added to Payday 2 to commemorate the announcement of Overkill's The Walking Dead so we'll have to wait and see if the pre-apocalyptic crossover gets any deeper. Keanu Reeve's John Wick is already a playable character, so clearly anything is possible here.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.