Nintendo Switch's Payday 2 Release Date Confirmed

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Nintendo has confirmed the release date for Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch as February 27. The announcement was made during it's news-packed Nintendo Direct event, where the game's new character was also detailed.

This character is called Joy, who is described as computer wiz that specialises in heists. Also included in the event was confirmation that an online multiplayer mode will be included in the Switch version of Payday 2. Joy was described as being a timed-exclusive for the Switch version, so the character will eventually show up in Payday 2 on other platforms.

As previously detailed, Payday 2 runs in Switch's portable and tabletop modes, as well as docked. It will feature a new interface and touchscreen support on the platform. Payday 2 was originally released back in 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Since then it has made its way to PS4 and Xbox One. Overkill is also currently working on a VR version of the game.

GameSpot's Payday 2 review awarded the game a 7/10, with Chris Watters saying its "systems and mechanics all have small flaws and limitations, but they come together to set the stage for exciting heists that you'll want to pull again and again." He added: "As long as you can find some felons to fight alongside, Payday 2 is an addictive and challenging criminal pursuit."

In 2016, Swedish publisher Starbreeze announced it had fully acquired the rights to the crime game franchise, and confirmed that Payday 3 was in development.

During the surprise Nintendo Direct a number of other big announcements were also made. These include free Super Mario Odyssey DLC and a Dark Souls remaster for Switch. For more, check out our roundup of all the new Nintendo Switch games announced here and you can also watch the full Nintendo Direct here. Our full coverage is outlined below.

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