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Payday 3 devs looking into offline mode after disastrous, unplayable launch

Payday 3 devs looking into offline mode after disastrous, unplayable launch

Payday 3 devs looking into offline mode after disastrous, unplayable launch

As a result of its disastrous and unplayable launch, Starbreeze Studios is looking into an offline mode for its latest Payday 3 release.

Released on 21 September, Payday 3 is the latest instalment in the Payday series, a heist-based FPS by Starbreeze Studios. What first looked to be another exciting addition to the franchise swiftly crashed and burned after persistent server issues and a whole lot of frustrated players. With the game requiring a constant online connection, server crashes meant that players couldn’t get into a match even if they wish to play solo. As a result, Payday 3 currently sits at a “mostly negative” user rating on Steam with 68% of 25,000 user reviews including a thumbs down.

Check out the Payday 3 gameplay reveal trailer below!

Due to a disastrous launch, Starbreeze has issued a statement blaming the large quantities of players trying to get into the game being too much for its matchmaking software. Despite a fix being released this weekend to improve the software, the latest update has seemingly caused a new instability in the server infrastructure.

"We are disappointed in the issues our playerbase has faced during our launch weekend, but we are confident in our core product and the quality of Payday 3—and all available metrics point to it," Starbreeze CEO Tobias Sjögren said. "We have a lot of diligent and consistent work ahead of us to regain community trust, but we will work hard to do it."

As a result, the team are now "looking at [the] possibility to add some sort of offline mode." This would be a good addition for those who wish to play Payday 3 solo as the game will become "less dependent on online services." Starbreeze also reveals it is currently looking into a new matchmaking services partner for the title.

This may be another reminder to developers that requiring a constant online connection is not always the best idea. The mistake was also brought up earlier this year with the release of Arkane Studio’s Redfall in May. Hopefully Payday 3 will be fixed sooner rather than later.

Featured Image Credit: Starbreeze Studios