Starbreeze has had a difficult year. After poor sales of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, the Swedish developer was forced to lay off staff and restructure, selling off publishing rights to some big name titles. Despite its financial woes, however, the studio says that its cash flow is about to pick up, thanks in no small part to the arrival of a new Payday game.
In a blog post over the weekend, Starbreeze said that it expects its fortunes to pick up “based on expected new publishing agreements in 2020 and an expected release of Payday 3 in 2022-2023.” The post goes on to explain that publishing agreements for both the new heist game and mobile spin-off Payday: Crime War are expected to conclude in 2020.
The completion of those publishing agreements will let Starbreeze pay back its creditors to the tune of more than £30 million, while an emphatic line graph suggests that cash flow is set to improve dramatically over the next few years.
That Starbreeze’s financial troubles appear to be mostly behind them is certainly good news but, for Payday fans, I imagine those are some mixed blessings. A new game is great but Payday 2 launched back in 2013, and these dates suggest the gap between that and Payday 3 could stretch to ten years.