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Starbreeze confident it will continue beyond Payday 3

Starbreeze confident it will continue beyond Payday 3

The CEO of Swedish games firm Starbreeze Tobias Sjögren (pictured) has said he's "very certain" that the company will persist beyond Payday 3.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the exec was asked whether the upcoming crime shooter could be seen as a "make or break" moment for the company, given how much it is betting on that title.

"In simplicity, that's, of course, correct," Sjögren said.

"But we are very certain about our abilities so we're not going to stop with Payday 3. There will certainly be more games coming from our company -- exactly what and when, that's not been decided yet."

Starbreeze went into administration at the end of 2018, before emerging 12 months later. In 2019, the firm started work on more expansions and paid DLC for its 2013 hit Payday 2, something that has helped improve the company's financial situation.

"That has worked really well for us," Sjögren said.

"Before coronavirus really hit, we were already seeing a great uptake in player numbers for Payday 2 and it's been really encouraging to see the game performing better than in many, many years. Over the last year we've done numbers that rival the first couple of years of the game, which is fantastic."

In October 2019, Starbreeze valued the Payday IP at a whopping $162.3 million.

Sjögren was previously acting CEO of Starbreeze but was promoted to the top job in March of this year.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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