Payday 2 is now available for free on Steam


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Payday 2, the four-player co-operative heist game, is now available for free on Steam. Unlike previous occasions when gamers could try it for limited periods without paying, such as trial weekends, Payday 2 is now free for anyone to permanently own – while supplies last.

If you want to add another title to your Steam collection without handing over any cash, simply log into the store, head over to the Payday 2 page and hit the “install game” button. It’s probably best not to ignore the deal too long: the offer ends once 5 million people claim it or June 21, whichever comes first. And there’s good news for virtual reality fans - anyone who gets Payday 2 will also receive Payday VR when it releases later this year.

Developer Overkill software’s reason for this giveaway is the upcoming Payday 2 Ultimate Edition, which includes the game and all 48 pieces of paid DLC that have arrived since 2013. The full package will cost $45, though anyone who has Payday 2 in their collection can upgrade for a lower price, depending on which DLC they already own. Precise details will arrive soon.

The Ultimate Edition isn’t available yet. Until such time that it is, all existing Payday 2 DLC has been removed in preparation for this all-in-one release.

Head over to Overkill Software’s page if you want to find out more. It contains an FAQ and short video (below) from producers Almir Listo and Joakim Wontner.

Payday gained many glowing reviews on its release and currently holds a “very positive” rating on Steam.

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Co-op? I really don't mind missing out on this free giveaway. I guess the saying "what's one man's trash is another's treasure" is very true.


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Not sure what the hate is about, have you all even played the game?

I play PayDay 2 single player often when I want a quick shooter fix. There is an offline mode that you can play in (a team of 4 with 3 of your team computer controlled). It's more of a challenge, since the comp teammates don't think too strategically, but it can be entertaining. Add in the co-op fun with real people, and it's a blast. Not much different from the play experience of a game like Left4Dead, to be honest - different scenarios with different goals, but the same feeling that you can slog through as a single player but it's more fun with friends.

(Just a note for clarity: I have put about $15 into this game total - got it in a bundle with a bunch of DLC and bought a few additional packs at massively cheap prices, so it's not like I'm highly invested in the game heh).
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Already bought this game in the year 2014 but never bothered to download/install/play the game... :(