The Payday series celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and Starbreeze and developer Overkill are going big to celebrate the milestone with a docu-series, an in-game event in Payday 2, and the soft-launch of Payday Crime War this year.
The series had humble origins, and few could have predicted what a gigantic success the heisting series would go on to become–Payday 2, for example, has reached a whopping 35 million installs and remains one of Steam’s most popular games.
Payday: The Heist was originally known as Stone Cold, and Overkill was planning to show the game for the first time at E3 2011 until publisher Sony Online Entertainment said the name needed to change due to a clash with the WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. For a company that was bankrupt before this, it was tough news, but the team found a new name–Payday!–and had a successful showing and launch in 2011. But that was just the beginning.
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