Payday 3’s ‘Online Only’ Pivot Disappoints Fans

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Recently, the Global Brand Director working for Starbreeze, the developer of Payday 3, revealed that the game will require an internet connection even for those playing completely solo. It was alluded to a while ago when the system specification for Payday 3 started referencing a requirement for an internet connection, but until now, it hasn’t been addressed by Starbreeze.

During a Payday stream, the employee – Almir Listo – explained that there is an ‘always online requirement’ because of how the game has been built. He expanded on this by saying that while the game can be played solo, it’ll require a constant internet connection.

Before It Even Begins

There are plenty of concerns about an always-online operating model. For instance, those that have a shaky or unreliable internet connection will now be threatened every time they try to play the game. Furthermore, having an always-online game means that mods become almost inaccessible – which is something that has kept Payday and Payday 2 alive for so long.

Of course, there are some positives to an always-online model, but the community isn’t always willing to accept them. In the past, other titles have pivoted to an online-only model and it has been met with similar dissent. For instance, Redfall – which suffered immensely following its launch – was revealed as being online only ahead of it being released in May 2023.

Here’s the latest trailer for Payday 3, if you’re curious about what all the fuss is about:

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