The highly anticipated third entry in the Payday franchise was first confirmed to be in development all the way back in 2016. It has been a long seven-year wait since then. Now Payday 3 is just a few days away from its full launch on September 21. Those wanting to gain access to Payday 3 early can purchase access to the game's early access. It's included with pre-orders of Payday 3's Silver and Gold Editions, which are $69.99 and $89.99 respectively.
It might be prudent to wait for Payday 3's full launch before purchasing the game, however, as the early access launch hasn't gone perfectly smoothly. Upon launch, Payday 3's account server crashed. The Starbreeze Nebula, which players are required to log into across all platforms in order to play Payday 3, delivered an error denoting that the servers were inaccessible. The website appears to be back online now, though some players continue to report issues logging in.
For the heisters who pre-ordered PAYDAY 3 on PS5 who can't see their in-game bonuses and rewards. We're aware of this issue and are working on a fix. The rewards are linked to your accout, and will be with you when the game fully launches on September 21!— PAYDAY 3 (@PAYDAYGame) September 18, 2023
Xbox heisters!— PAYDAY 3 (@PAYDAYGame) September 18, 2023
If you play on Gamepass and buy the PAYDAY 3 Gold upgrade, you need to manually download the base game as well, as this is not included in the Upgrade.
Happy heisting! 👊😎
EGS Players!— PAYDAY 3 (@PAYDAYGame) September 18, 2023
The issue where a lot of you weren't able to get past the intro screen has now been resolved! If your game is running, please close and restart it. Happy heisting 👊😎
(PS5 fix is still ongoing)
Another issue impacting Payday 3's early access is a problem with the game's current version on PlayStation 5. Those who pre-ordered on PS5 are said to be playing on an older version of the game that isn't synced with other platforms, meaning Payday 3's crossplay isn't enabled. Part of the issue is that these players do not have access to their in-game rewards and bonuses from pre-ordering the game. Starbreeze developers say the reason for this is "out of our control" and that Sony is currently working on a patch.
To Starbreeze's credit, it's being communicative about these ongoing Payday 3 early access issues and is working on fixes as it is able. For example, Payday 3 players on the Epic Games Store were having issues getting past the game's intro screen. This issue is said to have been resolved, according to the Payday 3 Twitter account.
Early access is historically an opportunity for game developers to stress test servers and address technical issues that crop up before thousands of launch players arrive. That's certainly the case for Payday 3. It still doesn't feel quite right, considering Payday 3 players had to pay for this early access, and every hour of inaccessibility is an hour of lessened value for buyers. Still, warnings about pre-ordering games are everpresent anymore. Payday 3 players will hopefully still get their money's worth from early access.
Payday 3 launches September 21 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
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