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Does Payday 3 Have a Single Player or Offline Mode?

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Find out if Payday 3 has any single player or offline play options via our helpful guide.

It’s been years in the making, but Payday 3 is finally here, allowing players to take part in a variety of new heists. Being the latest in the series, the gameplay has been fine-tuned, with both gunplay and stealth being better than ever before. And while heisting with a full team of four is still the ideal way to play. what about those who like to go it alone? Does Payday 3 have any single player options, and is it possible to play it offline?

First, the bad news. Payday 3 can’t be played at all unless you’re online. Unlike Payday 2, there’s no offline functionality here at all, and you need to create a Nebula account and be logged into it to play. The only upside to this is that it allows for cross-progression. So, if you end up buying or gaining access to the game on multiple formats, you’ll always have access to your unlocks, etc. no matter what you’re playing on.

While you can’t play Payday 3 offline, the good news is that you can still play it essentially as a single player game if you wish, although doing so isn’t as simple as it was in Payday 2. There’s no solo option here – instead, you need to change the matchmaking type to private before starting the matchmaking process. After waiting for a while you’ll be thrown into a lobby by yourself, and there you can either invite friends to play with you or simply ready up to get the match underway by yourself. Of course, you’ll have three computer controlled companions to help you, though they’re still as useless as ever outside of helping you in a firefight.

So, in a nutshell, Payday 3 still allows you to play it in single player if you wish, but you can’t play the game offline at all. This is a step back from Payday 2, so hopefully it will be addressed in the future. Nothing is guaranteed, however, so don’t bank on it.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!