I wrote on Friday about how Overkill decided to kick off the annual celebrations for PAYDAY 2 with some inclusions that the player base found, shall we say, distasteful. And over the course of the last 48 hours, the depth of that unhappiness became very, very, clear.
Sergey Galyonkin is the man behind the Steam Spy service and considering everything that went down, he decided to take a quick look at how it was affecting PAYDAY 2.
The news: not good, at least for Overkill.
Payday 2 dropped from 93% userscore to 83% in 2 days – over 10,000 negative reviews!
Score Rank from 86% to 56% pic.twitter.com/MoniG4KUTZ
— Steam Spy (@Steam_Spy) October 18, 2015
Overkill’s response hasn’t done much to placate the fans either. They’re still in the midst of the 10-day long celebrations for PAYDAY 2, and as a result they’ve told fans that while they’ve heard their concerns about micro-transactions they won’t reply to them until the community events have come to a close.
If that wasn’t enough, Overkill has managed to piss off modders as well. “The reason why some mods aren’t working is that we made changes to the game code going into Crimefest that affected the functionality of some mods, as it does from time to time,” Overkill wrote — in the announcement for the fourth day of the Crimefest community event.
One wonders why they didn’t give people more prior warning before Crimefest started — you’d think breaking mod support in two was something you’d want to communicate beforehand.
But then it looks like this entire event might be an exercise in How Not To Video Game. The PAYDAY 2 community was already shrinking, with the player base shrinking in the order of thousands since August — and given how bloody poorly the last few days have gone for Overkill, that trend is surely set to continue.