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PAYDAY: The Heist is a first-person shooter developed by Overkill Software and published by Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Game Company). It was originally set to be released on October 4, 2011, but due to development issues, it was pushed back to October 18. The game was released in North America on that date via the PlayStation Network, and on November 2, 2011, in Europe. It was released worldwide for PC on October 21, 2011, via Steam. 

PAYDAY: The Heist features dynamic environments and enemy spawns. Teamwork is the key to the game, as players will have to work together and assume different roles. Players can play online, alongside up to three teammates; or offline, with or without AI-controlled teammates. While players go by their screen names online, the player characters do have names: Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf, and Chains.

The game's successor, PAYDAY 2, was released on 13th August, 2013.

The game was made available as a free download for one day during the CrimeFest 3 year anniversary event on 16th October, 2014.


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In each heist, players are required to complete objectives, usually in an effort to steal cash or valuables. The police will attempt to stop them, but players are expected to fight through them with firearms, except in the case of Diamond Heist, where players can slip past guards unnoticed and steal the diamonds without resorting to violence.



A VIP is a character who must be escorted to a particular location.

All VIPs are highlighted in orange when it is time to escort them, much like other mission objectives. They will get down and refuse to move if a law enforcer is nearby and within their field of view. For this reason, it can be difficult escorting them during assault waves especially when the VIP is near an enemy spawn. For the player's benefit, all VIPs are invincible so they cannot be harmed by the police or the players, although their profile is still too small to act as good cover. All VIPs will also never attempt to escape even when no crew members are present, or when they are surrounded by police.

When not moving, the VIP will crouch, wasting several more seconds, as he must get up again before continuing to move.

Character Heist
CFO Diamond Heist
Chinese prisoner Green Bridge
Matt Heat Street
Ralph Diamond Heist
Taxman Undercover

Security CamerasEdit

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Two security cameras watching the vault in Diamond Heist

Security cameras are found throughout various heists, often hidden away in corners and relatively incognito locations. There are usually no more than two in a room, but there are exceptions for especially large rooms or secure areas. Destroying the cameras will "reduce police intel" on your team, which will make it harder for the police to group up and find your team, as they are forced to spread out and search for you. More often than not, the police will close in on your position much faster when you are in a working camera's view.

Bain will notify the team when half of the cameras in an area have been destroyed, and again when all of the cameras in an area have been destroyed. Destroying all the cameras in an area does not necessarily mean you have destroyed all the cameras in the heist.

Destroying cameras can make things significantly easier, as you will often encounter smaller groups of police, less frequently than you would otherwise. Most of the outdoor maps either do not have security cameras, or have them extremely well hidden, which makes things very difficult as police will always know exactly where you are. While this happens rarely, the police may sometimes shoot out a camera by sheer accident if you're close to a camera.

There are four heists that have security cameras:


PAYDAY: The Heist received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites of Gamerankings and Metacritic gave the PC version 76.67%[1] and 76/100[2] respectively and the Playstation 3 version 70.61%[3] and 70/100[4].

Both Gamespot and IGN gave PAYDAY: The Heist the score of 7.5/10 [5] [6]

Despite the mixed reviews, the game sold over 700,000 copies, making it a financial success. [7] [8]



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  • Some computer screens throughout the game can be seen running Steam in their application bars.
  • The laptops in the game are VAIO (is a sub-brand used for many of Sony's computer products).
  • Some of the levels include a number of player's names hidden in various locations. This is part of the "Hall of Fame" feature which was introduced in patch 6... "HALL OF FAME (PC ONLY) 200 dedicated career criminals are in for a surprise! As a token of appreciation to our community, 200 of the most dedicated PC players have gotten their nick names immortalized in the PC version of the game. Where could your name be hiding?" - overkill_bo
    • The 200 players are the first 200 players to post evidence of reaching reputation level 145 in a thread on the Payday Steam Forum during the "Lucky 200" community event.

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