Unhealthy information, wonky web havers and people of you main the wealthy lives of hermits out within the woods: Payday 3’s builders have confirmed the upcoming multiplayer heist-em-up might be uncompromisingly always-online. Followers have speculated this could be the case for some time, ever because the game’s system specs on Steam began that includes a requirement for a “Broadband web connection” earlier this 12 months, however it was confirmed by Starbreeze international model director Almir Listo in a current stream.

“Hello Almir, will Payday 3 have an offline mode? Like taking part in solo?” requested a hopeful viewer of Listo’s Payday 2 stream yesterday.

“It is possible for you to to play by your self,” answered the dev, “however I do imagine you’ll have to have a connection as a way to play”.

The explanations for which are apparently tied to the game’s cross-progression performance. Listo justified Payday 3’s shift to always-online by stating that it is “made within the Unreal Engine, it is utilizing cross-progression [and] cross-play”. “I do imagine we want you to be on-line, my dude,” mentioned Listo.

Provided that each Payday 1 and a couple of featured some type of offline mode—letting you solo their heists with AI assist—followers have not been thrilled by the information that the third game is formally present process the transition to always-online. “It is very unhappy to see them take this route,” mentioned a fan named Crust on the game’s Steam boards, stating that “Payday 3 might be shutdown in the future” and turn into inaccessible thereafter. “This game is on loss of life row”.

These sentiments are echoed throughout. “I believe ‘all the time on-line’ is like one of many worst options you may have for a game,” mentioned a top-voted remark from a fan known as Nooby_Chris on the Payday subreddit. Even a participant who mentioned they understood Starbreeze’s reasoning—a Reddit consumer by the title of Buncarski—frightened about “what occurs when the game reaches the top of its help? Does everybody lose entry to all the pieces? Will heists be hosted like in Payday 2 or on devoted servers?”

Different gamers produce other complaints. Some are simply frightened about their dodgy web connections, and what is going to occur when their broadband offers out mid-match. Others worry that this implies the full loss of life of the Payday modding scene. “PD2 will dwell eternally cuz of mods,” mentioned consumer ShrekDamage, however “PD3 will dwell for a couple of months till Starbreeze goes out of enterprise for the way badly they’re screwing over this game”. It is, uh, not particularly seemingly that Starbreeze will find yourself defunct over this, however the remark speaks to an actual concern amongst members of the Payday neighborhood.

Nonetheless, there have been some customers who welcomed the information, though virtually all the time with some trepidation. A participant named Keohane mentioned that, as long as Starbreeze’s servers can deal with the load “it’s going to add portability to avoid wasting recordsdata, reduce down on hackers and dishonest, and guarantee they’ve good telemetry on what gamers maintain coming again to and what did not work, all of which I am greater than positive with”. In fact, additionally they promised to “ream [Starbreeze] out” if the servers do buckle.

That is truthfully about as constructive a response as you will discover amongst Payday gamers, not less than as far I can see. We’ll need to see if it makes a dent within the game’s participant rely when it lastly releases on September 21 this 12 months.