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Payday 3 release date, story, and gameplay details

Payday fans have been waiting a long time for the Payday 3 release date, so here's everything we know about the next entry in the popular co-op shooter series.

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When is the Payday 3 release date? Do you know the saying ‘crime pays’? Well, so does patience. It’s been a very long time since we got an all-new title in the Payday franchise, but the Payday 3 release date is in sight. After Payday developer Starbreeze finally dug itself out of a financial hole by signing a co-publishing deal with Prime Matter, Payday 3’s future was secured.

With there being such a big gap between the excellent Payday 2 and the new game – plus all of that financial turmoil with the game’s developer – there are plenty of questions swirling about this game. When is Payday 3 coming out, what will it be like, and what platforms will I be able to play it on? Well, you can find out lots more exciting information in our Payday 3 preview if you just can’t wait.

Payday 3 release date

The Payday 3 release date is Thursday, September 21, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC at 08:00 PDT/11:00 EDT, and 16:00 BST. The date was confirmed at the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, and will see the game also launch on Game Pass on the same day.

The full release times are as follows:

  • 8am PDT
  • 11am EDT
  • 4pm BST
  • 5pm CEST
  • 6pm TRT
  • 12pm BRT
  • 12am JST
  • 1am AEST
  • 3am NZST

PayDay 3 release date: The official start time for the PayDay 3 release and servers.

This was originally leaked from well-known dataminer ‘Aggiornamenti Lumia’. Likewise, this follows an initial 2023 window that was announced in the New Year’s Day reveal trailer for Payday 3, which teased the co-op action we can expect. You can watch that teaser below:

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Nevertheless, it won’t be long until players on all systems can dive into the action and start their journey in the criminal underworld. No doubt many will attempt stealthy heists, but it often doesn’t stay that way for long, especially when players are still learning the maps and new mechanics.

Payday 3 story

We don’t know much about the story of Payday 3, but it does take place several years after the crew’s reign over Washington DC ended. After coming out of early retirement they assemble once again to deal with a new threat.

At Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023, a new live action short was revealed, showcasing the crew doing what they do best.

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Payday 3 gameplay

The Payday 3 gameplay trailer showcases incredibly impressive action, with enhanced gunplay, movement, and new weapons compared to its predecessor. For example, the game looks much faster which, when paired with the new slide function, will make the gameplay much more snappy and fluid.

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So, even if you’ve played Payday 2 for hundreds of hours, Payday 3 ups the ante in nearly every way. Not only that, but there will of course be new maps and scenarios to use your new tools in, giving us lots to look forward to.

Overall, we can expect even more action-packed heist gameplay, as well as more developed stealth systems for those who would like to try a quieter approach. When hell does brake loose, just make sure you’ve got the best PayDay 3 skills and best PayDay 3 weapons at the ready. Once you’re detected, you’ll be up against some tough defences, including endless waves of police and heavily armored SWAT units.

You’ll have to wait a while before the Payday 3 release date finally rolls around. To kill the time, why not check out the best PS5 games or the best Xbox Series X games to play right now? Or, if you want more co-op action, our lists of the best Xbox co-op games and best PS5 co-op games should have you covered.