Press release


The Pearl and Joy trailer showcases two new female characters and their unique personas, ready to shake things up in PAYDAY 3 at launch

Stockholm, Sweden – 7th September, 2023 – Starbreeze and Deep Silver announce that PAYDAY 3, the ultimate co-op heist shooter fantasy, will have two new female characters playable at launch: Pearl and Joy. This thrilling announcement is accompanied by a first glimpse of the High Level Post Launch Plan for year one. Watch the trailer here.
PAYDAY 3 will include two more playable characters at launch, the female gang members Pearl and Joy. They will join the original gang of clown-masked criminals (Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains) for a total of six heisters available when PAYDAY 3 launches on September 21st.
Pearl is an expert con artist and infiltrator who is as comfortable running street cons as she is rubbing elbows with the rich and famous if it brings home the prize. She leaves nothing to chance, and it’s a rare occasion when things don’t go her way. But if the situation calls for it, she’s no stranger to firearms. And make no mistake; she’s a vicious fighter.
Joy is a genius hacker and security expert. A merciless heister. Joy is a dangerous combination of both. She has a complete lack of respect for authority and a twisted sense of humor. But in a heist, she’s all aces.
High Level Post Launch Plan
PAYDAY 3 displays for the first time the content and updates players can look forward to for Year 1 after launch. The High Level Post Launch Plan includes the following updates:
DLC 1 – Syntax Error set for Winter 2023
DLC 2 – Boys in Blue is set to release in Spring 2024
DLC 3 – The Land of the Free will release in Summer 2024
DLC 4 – Fear and Greed set for Fall 2024
Names and dates on these DLC packs are subject to change alongside the campaign.
Examples of additional content players can look forward to after the game launches on September 21st: seasonal events, playable characters, new enemy, weapons, Unreal Engine 5 upgrade, cosmetics, quality of life improvements, new features and much more.
The four most well-known clown-masked criminals in recent video game history return from retirement September 21st in PAYDAY 3 on PC via PC Game Pass, on Steam and Epic Games Store, as well as Xbox Series S|X Game Pass, PlayStation 5 and GeForce Now.
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