505 Games, a global publisher of video games, and Overkill, a Starbreeze company, today announced the launch of the eagerly awaited heist-based, co-op shooter PAYDAY 2. The game is available on Windows® PC via Steam by Valve® Corporation and PlayStation®3 Network. The boxed versions on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system have shipped to North American retail outlets and will be in full distribution within a week.

The award-winning PAYDAY 2 casts gamers as a member of the infamous Payday crew as they work their way through the biggest, most elaborate heists of their careers using the all new Crime.net system, overseen by the mysterious Bain.

Designed from the ground up to be the ultimate four player, co-operative experience, PAYDAY 2 features four new skill trees — the charismatic Mastermind, the heavy Enforcer, the gadget-crazy Technician and the super stealthy Ghost — which, alongside a versatile weapon modification system and all new mask creator, gives players the chance to live out their fantasy of being a career criminal.

PAYDAY 2 is priced at $29.99 on Steam and $39.99 on PlayStation Network, for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Also available on Steam is the “Career Criminal Edition” priced at $49.99 and at retail there is a “Collector’s Edition” priced at $59.99. A Games on Demand version will also become available shortly on the Xbox Live® online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox 360.