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Nintendo Switch Getting Older Version Of Payday 2, Starbreeze Confirms

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Payday 2 publisher Starbreeze has finally confirmed that Nintendo Switch will get the outdated version of the title. The Reddit community was in an uproar over the version of the game coming to Switch after an early recipient reportedly streamed the game, according to Polygon.

Confusion ballooned when a Reddit thread speculated about Switch getting an older version of the game. Various features such as speeding up end of the heists screens and flashbangs were nowhere to be found in the stream. It was more than enough information for the fans to realize that Switch is getting the outdated version.

Making it official, Starbreeze has now also confirmed to Polygon that the version coming on Switch is not the most recent update. “Payday 2 is releasing on Switch with content up to and including the ‘Most Wanted’ update, which is equivalent to the content released through mid-2017 on PC,” Starbreeze told Polygon in a statement.

Further, the developer stated that the PS4 and Xbox One received one more update after that, which came towards the end of 2017. Overall, it means that Nintendo Switch “is one update behind other consoles, which are slightly behind PC.”

It must be noted that console updates are slower when compared to the PC. And, a single update on console equals several months of updates on PC, according to Christian Post. For instance, the ‘Most Wanted’ update that will come to the Switch is the update 117 for PC, which arrived some two years back. On the other hand, PCs recently got update 172, making the gap crystal clear.

Explaining why Switch is getting a stale version, the publisher stated that their team is working continuously towards updating the game, which would turn fives-year-old this year, but “to get the game out in early 2018 on Switch meant that our team had to go with the content ported and available at the time of console submission.”

Further, Starbreeze noted that PS4 and Xbox One versions are almost the same as the PC version, while the Switch is “close behind.” Starbreeze, however, assured that there are plans for future content updates for Nintendo Switch. But, considering their track record with the PS4 and Xbox One versions, Switch owners may have to wait for several months for the updates.

“Also, I don’t expect any patches for the Switch Version and nobody who buys it should either. Given their track Record, Overkill will most likely drop it like a hot potato just like the other console versions,” read one Reddit post.

Also, Starbreeze refrained from talking more about the updates or even failed to give a timeline for updates, leaving everyone hopeful that they would come up with more details as the game releases. Payday 2 will debut on Nintendo Switch on Feb. 27, while the game’s ultimate edition released last year on PC.

Nintendo Switch owners, however, should not be disappointed as they will still have plenty to play without having to compromise on the experience. Starbreeze’s Payday 2 for the Switch will be available in full-touch screen menu support and HD rumble. The title offers a total of 50 heists, 17 playable characters, 190 weapons and 280 masks. For Nintendo Switch, the title features 1080p resolution in TV mode and 720p in handheld mode.