The parent company of Payday‘s developer Overkill, Starbreeze, announced that they have regained full franchise rights to the Payday series.
The announcement came hours after Overkill said that micro transactions will be removed from Payday 2. They also added that a patch will be released to revamp the skill tree of the game.
The Swedish studio issued a press release to reveal the financial arrangement they had done with the publishers 505 Games, who previously held the Payday rights.
Starbreeze also announced that Payday 3 is currently in development, but failed to add other details about platforms, features or a release window.
The press release also says that 33% of the net revenue from the future sales of Payday 3 will be given to 505 Games, which can go up to a maximum of $40 million. However, the sales figure will be taken into consideration after all the development and marketing costs are subtracted.
At this point, Starbreeze gets the full revenue from Payday 2 on Steam, while the console version’s revenue is shared with 505 Games as per earlier terms. It is also said that the rights for the Payday series has been bought for $30 million, which also adds an installed base of 14 million users.
Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze also said that Payday 2 will keep on receiving more content for at least 18 more months.