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Payday: The Heist sequel in development

Payday: The Heist sequel in development

Plus, Starbreeze outlines PC, PSN and XBLA game P13.

A Payday: The Heist sequel is in development.

Swedish developer Overkill Software is hard at work on "enhancing" the first game, but at the same time is making a follow-up.

The news follows Syndicate developer Starbreeze's announcement that it has agreed a deal to buy the studio - pending approval from its shareholders.

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EU PlayStation Store update 2nd November

PlayStation 3 gamers can at last download bank holdup shooter Payday: The Heist today.

It arrives a few weeks late priced 12.99, or comes free if you bought the four titles in Sony's PlayStation Network Play offer. It's worth a blast - Payday: The Heist stole an 8/10 from Eurogamer's Rich Stanton earlier this week.

The PS3 gets a late Halloween-themed sale with reductions for Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, Telltale's Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse and critically lauded adventure Limbo.

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Payday: The Heist Review

Payday: The Heist Review

Crime and punishment, abridged.

Imagine the perfect robbery: you know the blueprints inside out, when the guards go for their coffee breaks, and exactly how to get into the safe. Everything goes without a hitch, and by the time the safe is found, you're laughing. Not a shot fired. Payday: The Heist doesn't work like that.

Despite the crime-caper presentation, tactical objectives and elaborate plans, Payday always comes down to shooting. Four players go into a situation - a bank with a vault full of juicy gold in the basement, an ambush to rescue a prisoner from a police convoy - and then get into a hell of a big fight with the police. It's a magpie co-op shooter, most obviously influenced by Left 4 Dead's dynamic approach to the team-based FPS and Modern Warfare's Spec Ops mode, and its developers are clearly students of the mass of 'horde' modes out there.

Payday has faults, but is very good indeed, an FPS where common elements are carefully made to fit its rhythm rather than just taken for granted: this sounds like faint praise, but it has the best ammo balancing I've seen in a long time. Players start fully-stocked and a perk can give bigger starting clips, but from that point every bullet has to be maximised. Enemies drop small amounts of ammo, but only enough to keep your head above water.

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Payday: The Heist European release date

Payday: The Heist European release date

Sony offers "sincere apologies" for delay.

Co-operative PSN shooter Payday: The Heist will finally be available to download on 2nd November, Sony has announced.

"We know you all have been waiting for this announcement for some time and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the delay may have caused you," Sony Europe exec Chris Sturr wrote on the EU PlayStation blog.

Payday was originally due for launch two weeks ago, and comes free to gamers who bought all four titles in Sony's recent PSN Network Play promotion.

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EU PlayStation Store update - 26th Oct

EU PlayStation Store update - 26th Oct

Sony discusses Payday Heist absence.

There's still no Payday: The Heist on the European PlayStation Store. But Sony offered a few words about the game's continued absence.

"We are close to being able to confirm the release date of Payday: The Heist and are just waiting for Sony Online Entertainment to provide 100 per cent confirmation, which we hope will be with us later today," wrote EU PlayStation blog manager James Gallagher. "Sony Europe and SOE are working hard to get the game in your hands as soon as possible; thank you for your patience."

The content that is available this week relates to Halloween, which happens on Monday, 31st October. There's a sale, which includes a half-price deal on the Prince of Persia trilogy, plus extra discounts for members of PlayStation Plus.

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Sony quiet on EU Payday release

Co-op shooter still absent from PSN.

Delayed co-op squad shooter Payday: The Heist has failed to show up on the European PlayStation Network, despite launching in the US earlier this week.

Payday: The Heist delayed

PSN/PC co-op shooter needs more time.

Co-op shooter Payday: The Heist has been delayed until later this month, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.

Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Meet PlayStation Network Play.

Sony has just announced a rival to Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, called PlayStation Network Play.

Similar to the XBLA offer, it contains four games released on Wednesdays at weekly intervals. Buying all four nets you a fifth, free.

Play begins on 24th August with the launch of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition. 31st August brings DeathSpank threequel The Baconing.

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Sony announces Payday: The Heist

Sony announces Payday: The Heist

PC/PSN FPS lets you play the criminal.

Sony has lifted the lid on Payday: The Heist, a co-op first person shooter for PC and PlayStation Network.

Developed by new Swedish studio Overkill Software, the game puts you in the shoes of a hardened career criminal as he goes about his nine-to-five.

There are six high-stakes heists to pull-off, including banks robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings. Three partners in crime will be watching your back, controllable either by friends or AI.

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