Starbreeze announced a licensing agreement with PopReach for the re-launch of PayDay Crime War. Today’s announcement also states that Starbreeze has transferred the current team of five people in Barcelona to work with PayDay 3.
Starbreeze will receive an upfront payment of $250.000 and PopReach will receive the complete source code to PayDay Crime War, and access to PayDay 2 content. PopReach will cover all costs for continued development, marketing, live operations.
“It’s an exciting time for all of us at Starbreeze, during the last month we’ve changed the trajectory for the company by securing deals around the PayDay IP. We look forward to working with PopReach to ensure that PayDay Crime War brings the same action-packed gameplay our players and community already know and love to mobile devices. PopReach has a proven track record and has successfully developed and launched free-to-play mobile titles based on well-known IP’s, and our collaboration will be an important component of our strategy to further expand the PayDay franchise”, said Tobias Sjögren, CEO of Starbreeze.
“We believe that PayDay Crime War has the potential to generate substantial revenue for PopReach, given the longstanding success of the franchise, and the fact that it will be the first mobile free-to-play PayDay game”, said Jon Walsh, CEO of PopReach.
Crime War is an all-action 4vs4 shooter pitting cops against heisters. The player chooses the storyline based on character; PayDay crew or cops trying to stop them. The game was released in a soft launch back in 2019, but after the shutdown of the mobile gaming division at then-publisher NBCUniversal, it was left without a publisher and the launch was postponed. The closed beta was on both Android and iOS.
When PayDay Crime War gets relaunched, Starbreeze will receive royalties on net sales equivalent to its PC and console licensing deals. Starbreeze retains all IP rights for the title.