Payday 2 developer Starbreeze has confirmed the rumors that began on Reddit: Payday 2 for the switch will be old version of the game. The confirmation comes after a Reddit member got the game early and streamed their experience. Since Reddit is home to the world’s largest collection of internet detectives, it was quickly discovered during the stream that features were missing that are present in the console and PC version of the game. According to one user “there is no possible way the game is above version 124” because the flashbang update isn’t present.
Polygon contacted Starbreeze after this revelation seeking clarification and received the following response:
Payday2 is releasing on Switch with content up to and including the “Most Wanted” update, which is equivalent to the content released through mid-2017 on PC. PS4 and Xbox One received one additional update after that, the “Master Plan” update, which released near the end of 2017. So Switch is one update behind other consoles, which are slightly behind PC.
The reasoning for the Switch content: we’re making continuous updates to a game that’s turning 5 years old this year, and to get the game out in early 2018 on Switch meant that our team had to go with the content ported and available at the time of console submission. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are now almost up to par with PC content, and Switch is close behind those versions. There are future content updates planned for Switch, as well.
Payday 2 on Switch
Ignoring the fact that it’s impressive Payday 2 will be ported to the switch, it is disappointing that it will be the least updated version of the game, trailing behind consoles that trail behind the PC. The Nintendo Switch will be receiving a version of the game that is nearly a year old. The news is meeting a crowd of Reddit skeptics that don’t seem to believe the game will be updated after it’s launch on Switch. Only time will tell if their worries are unfounded.