In celebration of Payday 2's 100th update, Overkill Studios has announced that they have bought the rights to the Payday series from their publisher, 505 Games. Because of this, Payday 2's heavily criticized microtransactions will be removed with the new update, coming out on Thursday. Payday 2 producer Almir Listo announced the news in a Steam community post, saying:
HEISTERS! Update 100 is here! What a day! Today we talk about update 100 for PAYDAY 2 that is going live on Thursday. The PAYDAY franchise is ours again and to celebrate it, we’re giving away a community grenade, the skills tree and we’re making the black market free for everyone going forward. Check out the video above for more details. We will continue to develop stuff for PAYDAY 2 for another 18 months. We’re excited tol continue working on the game until the end of 2017! [...] Last but not least - THANK YOU for your support, thank you for sticking with us through thick and through thin, and thank you for playing PAYDAY 2.
Overkill also released a video update including a teaser for their E3 plans, which you can see above:
In a press release by parent studio Starbreeze, Payday 3 was also announced to be in development:
After the transaction Starbreeze will own the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise for any future developments or commercialization, including PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY for mobile platforms. [...] Furthermore, 505 Games will retain a 33% revenue share of Starbreeze’s net revenues from future sales of PAYDAY 3 capped at 40 MUSD, and after Starbreeze has fully recouped its development and marketing costs. It’s Starbreeze assessment that the price of 30 MUSD will be matched by corresponding revenues on the Payday franchise until such time Payday 3 is released in the future.
Expect more info on Payday 2 (and a possible Payday 3 announcement) at this year's E3.