You couldn’t just leave good enough alone, could you Overkill?
Overkill announced the “Black Market Update: Vlad’s Weapon Deals” for their most successful game Payday 2. Considering Overkill frequently updates Payday 2, even diving right into the middle of community feedback at times to do so, it isn’t all that surprising. However, this time Overkill has struck a nerve with their community and honestly, you can’t blame them.
Overkill seems to have taken notes from popular Valve games like CS:GO, DOTA 2, and Team Fortress 2 when putting together this update. They have decided to bring the community the gift of GAMBLING! No really, Overkill has announced in the new update players will have a chance to earn safes upon completing a mission. These safes can then be opened with drills purchased from micro-transactions in order to obtain varying degrees of unique weapons skins at random. These weapons skins range anywhere between common, uncommon, rare, epic and they have even mentioned special legendary weapon skins.
WHAT THE PROBLEM IS?!?!
Well, I’m glad I asked myself. The Problem with this lays in a key secret to Valve’s madness. Anybody who has played CS:GO, TF2 or DOTA 2 knows items unboxed in these games have always been purely cosmetic. The items you can obtain have never interfered with gameplay. They have never even come close to being considered a game changer. The creators of Payday 2 seem to have missed this giant oversight when they took notes.
Introducing, Stat Boosts. The best way to piss off your player base when applied behind micro-transactions and even worse, gambling.
Okay, I’ll give credit where it’s due. From the screenshots provided by Overkill you can say the stats are fairly well-balanced. That doesn’t excuse the fact this puts stats behind a random number generator, let alone micro-transactions for a chance at it.
Another problem the Payday 2 community has with this update has been documented on GameSpot in 2013. Overkill’s David Goldfarb had confirmed there would be no micro-transactions. When asked, Goldfarb was quoted saying “No. No. God, I hope not. Never. No.”
Overkill Software’s upcoming heist-themed action game Payday 2 will not feature microtransactions, lead designer David Goldfarb has confirmed with GameSpot.
Asked if Overkill Software anticipated putting microtransactions in the game, Goldfarb bluntly stated, “No. No. God, I hope not. Never. No.”
Almir, a producer of Overkill made a post on the steam forums back in 2011 which said the same, no micro-transactions.
The Steam page for PAYDAY 2 has been updated based on your feedback. We’ve made it clear that PAYDAY 2 will have no micro-transactions whatsoever (shame on you if you thought otherwise!) and we’ve made it more clear that the PAYDAY loot bag is part of the Career Criminal Edition as well.
Considering no micro-transactions has been a firm stance of Overkill since as far back as 2011, whats changed? Well, don’t go looking to the steam forums for answers. The Volunteer moderators have decided to shut down all conversations about it. We all saw how well silencing a community of gamers works when #GamerGate blew up.
The whole situation is a mess. The damage is done and Overkill has broken the trust with a lot of its community when implementing this new update. I myself am very disappointed with how Overkill has chosen to handle the situation. 5 dollar DLC’s was bad, but this is just ridicules.
The situation has Updated:
[Overkill Producer Almir Responds to Payday 2 Community Feedback]