Payday 3’s opening week figures revealed

The long-awaited heist game has received mixed reactions, but the week one numbers don’t look bad at all.
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During the launch weekend, PAYDAY 3 had a peak of concurrent players (CCU) across all platforms (218,250) and a peak of 1,347,510 unique players (DAU). Starbreeze Nebula currently has 3,794,172 registered users.

PAYDAY 3 matchmaking infrastructure has not performed as tested and expected. Matchmaking software encountered an unforeseen error, which made it unable to handle the massive influx of players. The issue caused an unrecoverable situation for Starbreeze’s third-party matchmaking partner.

A new version of the matchmaking server software was gradually deployed across all regions, leading to improved performance. However, a software update made by the partner late Sunday again introduced instability to the matchmaking infrastructure. The partner continues to work to improve and stabilize PAYDAY 3 online systems.

The issue in question did not manifest during Technical Betas or Early Access due to the specificity of rapid user influx and load-balancing. Starbreeze is currently evaluating all options, both short- and long-term. In the short-term, this means Starbreeze’s focus is to ensure the player experience. In the long term, this means evaluating a new partner for matchmaking services and making PAYDAY 3 less dependent on online services.

“We are disappointed in the issues our player base has faced during our launch weekend, but we are confident in our core product and the quality of PAYDAY 3 – and all available metrics point to it. We have a lot of diligent and consistent work ahead of us to regain community trust, but we will work hard to do it.”, says Tobias Sjögren, CEO of Starbreeze Entertainment.

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