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Payday 3 is just around the corner, with the long-awaited sequel to the excellent Payday 2 set to be released in September, over 10 years since the launch of its predecessor. As we get closer to launch, more details about the upcoming game are starting to get revealed, but one of those details is making fans angry: Payday 3 will require an internet connection to play.

The news comes from a Starbreeze developer livestream, where the company’s global brand director Almir Listo spoke to fans and answered questions from viewers in the chat. As reported by VGC, when Listo was asked about playing Payday 3 offline, he said he believed it wasn’t possible.

“You will be able to play by yourself, but I do believe you will have to have a connection in order to play,” Listo said, “Because it’s made in Unreal Engine and cross-progression and cross-play, I do believe we need you to be online.”

Fans haven’t exactly been happy about the news. Payday 2 launched with an offline mode, allowing players to play through missions solo with the help of NPC teammates, even with no internet connection. Payday 3 will at least still let players play solo, but the lack of offline play will likely be a sore point for many, including Steam Deck players who might want to play on the go.

Payday 3 certainly isn’t the only game fans have been annoyed about over its online-only requirements. The much-maligned Redfall (we actually quite liked it in our Redfall review) also required players to be online every time they wanted to play, immediately booting players back to the dashboard once the connection is lost.

The recently released Diablo 4 also has similar requirements, which has caused a wide range of problems due to the influx of players to the very popular game. Even before the game launched in full, Blizzard had to promise to fix queue times, which had blown out to almost an hour or more for some players. Since launch, players have frequently encountered the infamous 300202 error code, which occurs when the servers are unavailable.

It’s unknown if Starbreeze, Payday 3’s developer, will implement any kind of offline mode in the future, but from how definitive Listo appeared to be during the developer stream, players probably shouldn’t hold out hope.

Payday 3 is scheduled to launch on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on September 21, 2023.