Payday 2 Crimefest begins today; goes free-to-play for the next 10 days

The 'Road' has been completed. Payday 2's annual Crimefest has begun and now everyone can get in on it.

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The buildup is over for Payday 2 users. The 'Road' has been completed and Crimefest has arrived. That means ten full days of Payday 2 goodness, starting with today's Black Market Update.

The Black Market Update allows heisters to reap the rewards of Vlad's new Weapons Deal. This means players can now customize their weapons as they see fit, adding new skins, mods, and more. Safes from Washington state are being shipped to Washington D.C., but any players that can intercept these safes and crack them open will find a new skin drop, some with special mods and stat boosts, to boot. However, opening one of these safes will require a specilized drill, which can only be acquired through the Steam Marketplace.

On top of that, those that want to take part in the Crimefest festivities can do so right now, even if they don't own Payday 2. The game is free to play for the duration of the event, which will run for the next ten days. Those wishing to make Payday 2 a permanent staple of their Steam library can pick it up for 75 percent off during Crimefest.

To learn more about Crimefest, check out the official website and watch the trailer below. And don't miss the Shacknews interview from just a few days ago.

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From The Chatty

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    October 15, 2015 1:58 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Payday 2 Crimefest begins today; goes free-to-play for the next 10 days

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      October 15, 2015 2:05 PM

      God damn, they added CS:GO crates to payday 2. Not sure how I feel about this.

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        October 15, 2015 2:15 PM

        If my Twitter notifications are any indication, there's a handful of people that are not taking it very well.

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          October 15, 2015 2:17 PM

          Yeah I haven't been playing as much lately as in the past but the steam discussion page isn't taking it too well either. You should reach out to Overkill and do a follow up interview (from the one I read you guys post the other day) to see get their perspective.

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            October 15, 2015 2:18 PM

            I'll see what I can do, but right now, here's what I'm wondering:

            The game is free-to-play for 10 days with microtransaction safes? Are they testing out whether they should go free-to-play permanently?

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              October 15, 2015 2:22 PM

              Interesting point, if so then I wouldn't have any problem with that decision because buying all the DLC they put out for the game adds up. I know I've dropped probably at least $200 on the game and dlc for myself and friends.

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      October 15, 2015 2:31 PM

      All DLC is 75% off too.

      How does this stuff get on the marketplace though? There's got to be another way to get the drills if players are selling them.

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        October 15, 2015 2:37 PM

        I don't think players are selling drills or safes like in GO, and you can't resell any guns you pull from the safes either it looks like.

        Without the ability to resell stuff like in GO will people want to put a lot of money into drills?

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          October 15, 2015 2:41 PM

          I see guns, safes, and drills for sale on the marketplace. Safes come from card drops. Where is the supply of drills coming from?

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            October 15, 2015 2:51 PM

            Ahh they weren't up when I looked at first and there was a post saying you couldn't trade guns but I guess you can sell them.

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      October 15, 2015 2:33 PM

      I tweeted a whole bunch of shit at you Oz haha, but I'll sum it up here. I think its fine, mostly because its a co-op game where the end goal is the same. If there was a competitive mp game or something, then yea I can see why/how people would be up in arms about this but it's not. You and your are all trying to finish the heist and get out, TO ME PERSONALLY I would not care if one of my friends had a special gun that looked neat and had better stats because its would only serve to help us finish a mission or something. IDK that’s just me and my opinion, I see why people don't like it though and that’s fine.

      Also if you know the Payday community at all, them complaining about something is not new. I'd be more shocked if they WEREN'T complaining about something.

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        October 15, 2015 2:40 PM

        Also I will put money down Overkills folds on this anyway. First there was the whole Twitter debacle at the start of the Road To Crimefest and they completed changed that because again, the community was all FUCK YOU OVERKILL. So give it some time and they will probably change it heh.

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      October 15, 2015 2:49 PM

      I don't think that Payday has the same legs that CS:GO has - I'd easily had my fill before even seeing all of the content included with the GOTY edition. I might be a bit disappointed if I'd spent any money on cosmetics by that point.

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      October 15, 2015 8:58 PM

      Why are people angry? I ask almost rethorically, it's the internet after all.