Payday: The Heist Will Bring Team-Based Bank Robbery To PSN

Gamers work well in teams. We've slaughtered zombies, repelled rebels, routed RED (or BLU) - all with the help of our friends. Now we get to rob banks.

In a bit of pre-E3 flirtation, Sony Online Entertainment has announced Payday: The Heist for the PS3 and PC, a squad-based cooperative shooter that casts players in the role of a "hardened career criminal" attempting to orchestrate a number of dicey, large-scale heists. Developer Overkill Software promises prospective gamers the chance to raid a bank vault, manage hostages in a hijacked armoured car, and infiltrate a top-secret, high-security facility.

The mission structure appears reminiscent of Valve's Left 4 Dead; law enforcement agents - rather than zombies - will spawn in waves, their deployment and behaviour patterns guided by a "dynamic" and "adaptive" scripting system. SOE's press release describes "FBI agents repelling down on ropes through the skylights, SWAT teams crashing through the windows... special units crawling through the ventilation shafts," and emphasises the importantance of cooperative teamwork in repelling foes.

Players will be encouraged to revisit missions in order to develop their character along a "massive progression tree", and will be given the option to select one of three specialties: assault, sharp-shooting or support.

Payday: The Heist is due to launch later this year on the PlayStation Network and PC via digital download, and, according to Sony, will run for "less than half the price of a retail game".

We've been told that we'll get a taste of the game at SOE's booth at E3 - we'll try to keep you posted on the how the title shapes up.


Comments

    Is this the same as Hei$t from a few years ago?

    But does it LAN?

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING. SO LONG. FINALLY, A HEIST GAME!

    I can finally live out my 'Heat' fantasies.

    Though, I do hope that it isn't TOO much like Left4Dead.

    Also, 'The Town', great heist movie. Ben Affleck genius director, not so great with the acting though.

      I thought he was pretty good in The Town. Might help that he was directing himself. I think he's actually an OK actor who has chosen some awful, awful roles over the course of his career.

      But yeah, L4D crossed with Heat / The Town sounds like something I'd be interested in...

    I was always waiting for a Point Break game.

    Now I can relive my homoerotic lust for Patrick Swayze again! "You want me so bad it's like acid in your mouth!"

    This seems like a great Family Game which will certainly not rouse the ire of the conservative right... >.>

    Take THAT xbox!

    Uh, what are they thinking? Shooting police officers, robbing banks and taking hostages... That's a sure way to get a mature rating and might even get the game banned in certain countries.

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