Payday: The Heist was a game released for the PlayStation Network and PC in late 2011, featuring cooperative first person shooter gameplay in an innovative fashion. Starbreeze Studios went ahead and acquired Overkill Software, the developers of Payday: The Heist, as well as the rights to the game. It looks like they’ve found the right publisher for the sequel to Payday: The Heist, Payday 2, and that publisher is 505 Games. Not only will 505 Games be working with Starbreeze on the upcoming Payday sequel, but they will also be working with Starbreeze on the upcoming, mysterious P13, which is being developed with the help of Swedish director Josef Fares.
Ian Howe, President of 505 Games North America made a statement via a press release about this agreement:
“Our partnership with Starbreeze Studios is a testament to 505 Games’ commitment to working with top development talent,” said Ian Howe, president, 505 Games North America. “In addition to working with an amazing studio we are honored to also partner with acclaimed Swedish film director Josef Fares whose creative genius is bringing P13 to life.”
“When we started to plan the next steps for Starbreeze we wanted to find a partner, not just a traditional publisher, and 505 Games fit that criteria,” said Mikael Nermark, CEO and president of Starbreeze. “We feel that this collaboration can grow into a long-term partnership.”
This agreement will ensure that Starbreeze Studios’ next efforts will have an easier time making it into our living rooms when they are ready for release, and of course, for 505 Games, this keeps their upcoming release schedule interesting with two hotly-anticipated games from an up-and-coming studio. The agreement between the two really seems like a win-win, especially after the first Payday was such a success with the help of Sony.