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Payday 2 getting John Wick tie-in content tomorrow

On the path towards a #FREEHOXTON, Overkill Software is recruiting some special help.

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Overkill Software is continuing their Crimefest celebration for hitting 1.5 million in their Steam Community Group with even more free stuff for Payday 2 users. Today, the studio and publisher 505 Games have announced that the event will culminate with movie tie-in content for the upcoming film John Wick, offering a chance to play as the character himself.

John Wick will be added to Payday 2 as a free playable character with tomorrow's update. Unfortunately, he will come without any Keanu Reeves-isms. He will, however, come with a new perk system called Hitman that allows him such abilities as Akimbo, letting John Wick dual-wield weapons. He will also have his own pistol with custom modifications and a knife for melee fighting, as well as three different sets of sunglasses. He will not say "Whoa" as he puts them on.

As for more immediate and less movie-based goodies, today's Crimefest news offers more details a new mission that sees heisters attempting to escort Hoxton away from his courthouse hearing. There's also new information on the Fugitive's skill tree and the Criminal's perk deck, which should help users towards their goal of a free Hoxton!

For more, you can check out the Crimefest website and watch the most recent video below.

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    October 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Payday 2 getting John Wick tie-in content tomorrow

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      October 21, 2014 10:14 AM

      Damn, didn't see that coming. Any new skills or just the perks?

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        October 21, 2014 10:17 AM

        "John Wick will be added to Payday 2 as a free playable character with tomorrow's update. Unfortunately, he will come without any Keanu Reeves-isms. He will, however, come with a new perk system called Hitman that allows him such abilities as Akimbo, letting John Wick dual-wield weapons. He will also have his own pistol with custom modifications and a knife for melee fighting, as well as three different sets of sunglasses. He will not say "Whoa" as he puts them on."

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          October 21, 2014 10:18 AM

          If I have to actually PLAY as him to use the Hitman perk deck that's going to bum me out.

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            October 21, 2014 10:22 AM

            If it's just perks then I doubt you have to play him to use them. Going to be crowded come the 27th though w/ more skills and perks w. old hoxton.

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              October 21, 2014 10:23 AM

              So I get that it will take more time since shes a totally new character, and hes just a dude, but it's kinda shitty were getting John Wick before the female heister IMO.

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                October 21, 2014 10:24 AM

                by "just a dude" I mean they could easily use another one of the crew's models and change the face and some other stuff rather than having to recreate all new assets.

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                October 21, 2014 10:27 AM

                She has been in the works for a long time so it would seem this deal was made and they might have
                rushed him out hence why they just mention perks and they haven't given him a full skill tree.

                I get the feeling she would have been done a lot sooner but so much of the stuff they have been putting out I think pushed her back.

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                October 21, 2014 10:52 AM

                Given they actually teased/trailer for the female heister, I think that's coming quite soon.

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                  October 21, 2014 11:03 AM

                  Simon Vikland said it was in the near future, not part of Crimefest.

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              October 21, 2014 10:34 AM

              With that many crew member choices would be great to see a player count boost but I doubt that.

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                October 21, 2014 10:43 AM

                I am conflicted there. Too many balancing issues on existing maps for that to work well I think.

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                  October 21, 2014 10:45 AM

                  Yea, and honestly way more chances for people to be stupid and mess things up. The more I think about it, the less I like the idea.

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                    October 21, 2014 10:47 AM

                    I like the idea, but the maps would have to really expand for it to not be really cramped. You are very correct though that it adds way more chances for people to mess things up, but hell I've got almost 700 hours and I still fuck things up so it happens.

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      October 21, 2014 10:17 AM

      ...I was on board with like 95% of the Crimefest updates but this one is just wtf. I get Reeve's has a history somewhat (Point Break, a great heist movie) but if this is really the "An Unexpected Guest" update, kinda dumb IMO. His perk deck is cool so I guess there is a small upside to it heh.

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      October 21, 2014 10:19 AM

      He will not say "Whoa" as he puts them on.

      *uninstalls payday 2*

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      October 21, 2014 10:22 AM

      It makes me wonder what would have happened if the 1.5mil mark didn’t get hit. "Hey we know we worked out this deal to put your movie tie-in into our game a few months ago, but we're not gonna put it in, sorry!"

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        October 21, 2014 10:25 AM

        I'm pretty sure it still would have come out either way.

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          October 21, 2014 10:28 AM

          Especially since it wasn't part of the Crimefest rewards. It just happens they have this event that they can add him into as a bonus.

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          October 21, 2014 11:31 AM

          This.

          It probably would have been a paid for DLC rather than free one. Or maybe no "Buy Fandango Tickets and get Payday 2 free" cross promotion.

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      October 21, 2014 10:36 AM

      Fuck yeah sunglasses and Keanu together in my Payday 2

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      October 21, 2014 10:51 AM

      Noooooooooooooooo
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Break_(2015_film)