Payday 3 Is Finally Introducing An Offline Mode

There's finally an offline mode coming to Payday 3, and we've got the details here!
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Image: Starbreeze Studios

Payday 3 has faced criticism since its launch due to its online-only requirement and problematic matchmaking system. Responding to player feedback, the developer has announced Operation Medic Bag. This is an update addressing these concerns and introducing a much-requested offline mode.

According to the official post, The offline mode will be rolled out in two phases. Phase 1 will soon allow players to bypass the matchmaking queue and play solo locally without an internet connection. However, progression and unlocks will still require an online connection. Phase 2, planned for later, aims for true offline play with occasional backend checks for progress synchronization.

Solo play is available in Payday 3, but you have to navigate matchmaking and rely on AI teammates. A dedicated offline mode lets you experience heists on your own, giving you much more freedom. It’s something that you would expect from a game like this, but for some reason wasn’t there. I keep rereading it, and it doesn’t really sound like it will be rolled out as quickly as many would hope. I’ll leave the last paragraph of the announcement here for you to decide.

As playing co-op will always be dependent on connecting to another machine somewhere, we are seeking to implement the solution that provides the best balance between reliability, latency and overall experience. Our technical leadership have been evaluating options for the past months and will be able to share more details on the solution in the near future.

Operation Medic Bag Announcement

Matchmaking itself is also undergoing a revamp. Starbreeze is rebuilding the system to be more robust and effective in connecting players. Challenge-based progression, another point of contention, is being scrapped. Infamy, the prestige system, will now be tied to heist completion, with adjusted payouts and rewards encouraging loud playstyles. The challenge system will be repurposed for cosmetic rewards for difficult achievements.

The UI is also getting a makeover, focusing on intuitiveness, better explanations of gameplay mechanics, and a more immersive heisting theme. Content-wise, players can expect three DLCs and one free heist in 2024, alongside new skill lines, cosmetics, rewards, and a free LMG weapon.

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