Overkill Software will be bringing PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition to PS4 and Xbox One this June. In anticipation of the title’s next-gen debut, we got an opportunity to talk with Overkill’s Almir Listo, producer of PAYDAY 2, about the title’s transition from last-gen hardware to the PS4 and Xbox One. As one would expect, the jump to new hardware proved quite valuable, as Listo explains the limitations the development team felt on the PS3 and Xbox 360 and details the flexibility and benefits the PS4 and Xbox One now offer.
Development of PAYDAY 2 for next-gen consoles was considered in 2014 as soon as Overkill heard about the new next-gen consoles. However, they team soon committed to the idea and the real work began. “We started [thinking] about the newer versions as soon as we heard about the next-gen consoles. At some point in 2014, we started working on it for real,” Listo tells us. One of the contributing factors in jumping to next-gen hardware was due to the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
“We had some technical challenges with updating the game for the past generation. We tried every way possible to make sure we crammed as much [content] as possible into the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We realized we couldn’t push these consoles any further. We couldn’t cram anymore of the 50 post-launch updates into those versions of the games,” Listo explained.
Due to these technical challenges and limitations, the folks at Overkill recognized it was time to move onto the next-generation, and the transition from PS3 and Xbox 360 to PS4 and Xbox One was made. Listo is hopeful that “as many players as possible will join us” in the leap to new hardware.
As for the transition to the PS4 and Xbox One, the new hardware proved itself to be flexible and house some awesome new technology. “Personally, it’s how smooth [the transition] has been. These machines are much more flexible, everything seems to work in a completely different way than the previous generation. They’ve managed to cram some really cool technology into both of these platforms,” shared Listo.
The jump to stronger better hardware has also paved the way for better visuals and easier development. Listo tells us that PAYDAY 2 “have never looked as good as it does now” and that making sure the game worked for the PS4 and Xbox One “was much easier” than the PS3 and Xbox One.
We’ll have more on PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition throughout the week. Stay tuned.