Sony Online has announced a new squad-based first-person shooter for PSN and PC valled PAYDAY: The Heist, a high-intensity game in which players take on the role of a hardened career criminal pulling death-defying heists in the never-ending pursuit of the next “big score.” PAYDAY: The Heist will be available later this year on the PS3’s PlayStation Network and Windows PC.
In the game, players will embark on a crime spree spanning six heists. These six levels will see players blast their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, manage hostages in an armored-car hijacking, and even complete a midnight infiltration of a top-secret high-security facility. PAYDAY: The Heist will feature dynamic environments and adaptive enemy tactics, meaning no scenario will ever play out the same way twice. In addition, the gameplay will be kept fresh through shifting entry points, FBI agents repelling down on ropes through the skylights, SWAT teams crashing through the windows and special units crawling through the ventilation shafts based on the gamer’s play style and situation.
Teamwork will be essential in PAYDAY to ensure crew members provide cover under fire, guard key access points, break through various security measures and keep civilians in check. Whether controlled by the AI or live people, the player’s crew of four must operate as one to bring get the “big score.” Sharing extra ammo and med kits, helping regen wounded partners, guarding key positions, taking civilian hostages or cracking through various security measures will all be part of the game.
The game’s character progression tree will see players choose a specialty (assault, sharpshooter or support) to gain weapons and equipment that fit their preferred style. Unlockable items will include trip mines, silenced pistols, machine guns and more.
One neat feature will be “Hostage Trading.” If anyone in the player’s crew is taken into custody, the rest of the squad can trade hostages to get crew members back and increase the odds of completing their level objectives.
PAYDAY: The Heist will be on display at E3, so we hope to bring you more information from the show floor.