Sometimes full retails games turn into digital-only, but it's a rare to near unheard of occurrence that a game goes from digital-only to retail release. Overkill Software have jumped that shark with PAYDAY 2 according to an announcement by publisher 505 Games. Rather than sticking with XBLA and PSN releases, PAYDAY 2 will hit be hitting store shelves for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this August.
PAYDAY 2's Game Director David Goldfarb attributes the shift to, "just too many great ideas." 505 Head of Global Brand Tim Woodley gives a bit better perspective on the matter:
"It's an incredible position to be in, having a game that just keeps growing and getting better all the time. We wanted to do everything we could to make a game that truly fits the vision of the team at Overkill but most importantly delivers an exciting, rewarding experience for the player - be they a long-time fan or new to the series."
For those unaware, PAYDAY 2 is a cooperative FPS, similar to Left 4 Dead, but with police officers and SWAT teams instead of zombies and a whole lot more bank robbing. I'm curious to hear whether PAYDAY 2 has actually broadened the scope of their game or if the shift to retail is actually just a result of the game's outstanding success -- over 700,000 copies sold last I heard.
Expect more news on PAYDAY 2 as we approach E3, most likely. The game will be release (via retail and digitally) in August for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.