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Starbreeze splits in two, Payday 3 expected to launch in 2022 or 2023

Published: 08:38, 13 October 2019
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Payday and Starbreeze Studios

Starbreeze has been going through quite a tumultuous period lately and the resulting reconstruction will be splitting the company in two. They also announced that their cash cow franchise is getting a new instalment between 2022 and 2023.

The news came from Starbreeze's official estimate of future cash flows, and while things don't nearly sound as grim as they did a few months back, they're not exactly perfect either. 

"The company estimates that these cash flows will be positive, based on expected new publishing agreements in 2020 and an expected release of PAYDAY 3 in 2022–2023", they wrote.

Now, Payday happens to be the biggest supplier of paydays in the company and it's no wonder Starbreeze banking on it to pull them out, but the aforementioned statement assumes the following two things. 

Firstly, that Payday 3 publishing agreement is done and dusted in the first half of 2020, payment instalment included, with further development financed by a publishing partner. The second assumption says the same, but about Payday: Crime War, Payday's iOS and Android-flavoured instalment.

If you needed proof of just how important Payday is for Starbreeze, then look no further than their recent woes with Overkill's The Walking Dead, which is when all the alarm bells were sounded, publicly at least. 

The revenue difference between Overkill's take on the popular movie franchise and Payday 1 made it seem as if they came out around the same time and not eight years apart, which is just as much of an indicator of shoddy work on The Walking Dead as the popularity of Payday.  

Skybound eventually terminated their contract with Starbreeze, saying, "We are exceedingly sorry to our fans and share their disappointment in the game."

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Overkill's The Walking Dead

According to the Starbreeze's restructuring deal, the company will be splitting off into two branches - Starbreeze Publishing AB and Starbreeze Studios AB. The former will be handling all the IP rights and will be where cash flows are generated. 

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