Starbreeze Studios announces new game for Nintendo Switch as cause for concern mounts

It will fall flat on its face without any real community to support its arrival.

In a surprise move, Starbreeze Studios has announced the development of cooperative first-person shooter Payday 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

The title, which originally launched in 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, will be released alongside "a huge amount of Payday 2 content," according to the recent YouTube trailer.

Though the arrival of more titles for the Switch is certainly welcome, past controversies surrounding Payday 2 do give cause for concern.

Overkill Software, the development team behind Payday 2, is infamous for the implementation of microtransactions into their game, despite previous promises.  This, when considered alongside the overwhelming amount of DLC, bungled community relations, and the recent announcement of Payday 3 will likely make it difficult for the title to attract new players on the Switch.

What truly kills enthusiasm over the announcement, however, is the lack of support given to consoles by Overkill in the past. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 only received updates for Payday 2 after a year had passed, and the Crimewave Edition that came to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One went another year before receiving any kind of substantial support.

It's difficult to predict what the state of the game will be by the time it launches for the Nintendo Switch. One thing is certain, though. As a community-driven 4-player cooperative game, Payday 2 will fall flat on its face without any real community to support its arrival.