It’s finally official folks, PayDay: The Heist developer Overkill has finally confirmed that they are working on an expansion to the game that some people might call the “spiritual” prequel to Left 4 Dead.
The downloadable campaign is called No Mercy and see those very same clown faced criminals from PayDay launching a full-scale assault on Mercy Hospital, which many of you will remember is the same house of horrors that the cast of Left 4 Dead fought their way through in the game’s opening chapter. From the teaser, it’s not clear whether or not zombies actually appear in this particular storyline or how exactly the events that occur relate to those in Left 4 Dead. We do get a few references to an oncoming outbreak and a quick look at someone that could in fact be Patient Zero (about 0:54 in). This was all good, and then Kotaku reached out to Valve and Valve’s Chet Faliszek gave us the interesting bit of info.
“This is a 100% Overkill made mission for Payday: [The]Heist simply set in no mercy hospital from the Left 4 Dead series. It is not telling the origins of the Infection and is not canon. There is a little cameo from one of the L4D characters (the comic should give you a hint) and a fun little easter egg with a payoff later in Left 4 Dead. Just us having some fun with a studio we are friends with and who have also made a great co-op game.”
The only problem with that is the description that went up with the original video on YouTube said “Have you ever wondered how the Left 4 Dead series began? It started with a heist!”. Faliszek attributed to some overzealous marketing guys but why put up a description like that if this is “just” an expansion for PayDay, why mess with fans like that?
The trailer shows off what can only be described as a heist gone really, really bad. Let’s just say things get out of hand quickly. PayDay: No Mercy appears to take place before the Zombies started showing up but after the outbreak of Green Flu. The team was supposed to be there for a quick and clean job, all they had to do was “draw some blood from a guy that they have in quarantine.” You know things have gone all to hell when the team’s offsite support Bain comes in with the line “I’m sorry guys, but I’m out. You are left for dead.” So all these references and teasers, could they just quit already. Enough talking for me, check the video and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Via: LambdaGeneration and Destructoid