After releasing a recent Q1 2019 financial report, Payday 2’s publisher Starbreeze has experienced a major loss in sales. So much so that if they do not find additional funding soon, they may not be able to stay afloat for the next twelve months.
Since 2018, Starbreeze has just been able to hang on. They had their project Overkill’s The Walking Dead get cancelled on them, and then also they were withdrawn from steam due to a lack of sales. But in an attempt to revive the company, in December 2018 they decided to reconstruct Starbreeze from the ground up, although they still haven’t quite gotten on their feet.
Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark remarks on the current situation with, “The company currently lacks sufficient secured funds to continue operating for the coming 12 months,” Starbreeze states in the report, “and a liquidity shortfall is expected before mid-year 2019 if no additional funds are provided.”
“My main task is to secure financing for the company’s future operations. This involves both long-term financing we can use to build the Starbreeze of the future,” Nermark then noted, “but also making sure that the assets we have determined are unrelated to the core business are managed in a commercially viable way.”
“We are in a challenging situation. I stand united with the entire Starbreeze team in the efforts to get the business in order. We have a very strong asset in Payday, which is the foundation upon which we will build Starbreeze future.”
Even though this publisher may be struggling right now, Payday might just be their knight in shining armor, so don’t give up hope quite yet if you’re a fan of the series.
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