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The developers of Payday 3 are tricking players with the classic Rickroll prank

The developers of Payday 3 are tricking players with the classic Rickroll prank

published: 2023-09-25T01:17:02

Updated: 2023-09-25T01:17:14

The developers of Payday 3 are trolling players with classic Rickroll pranks in the game, giving players a good laugh amid a difficult launch.

Payday 3 officially launched on September 21, and players who are lucky enough to get into the game and play it are already discovering hidden surprises. One of the funny additions to the Payday series is what happens when players scan one of the many QR codes scattered around the game’s heist locations.

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For example, the locked door in Dirty Ice Heist labeled “VIP Showroom” has a scannable QR code directly to the right of the door. The code isn’t just hidden away; It’s easily seen and has proven attractive enough that some players grab their phones and scan the code.

But players likely expecting to get to the locked door are instead presented with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on YouTube, in what’s considered a classic Rickroll prank.

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Players were left stunned when clips of Rickroll’s QR code began circulating on social media. Most players find it funny, with some comment“This makes up for all the issues.” Another note“When developers have a lot of time before the launch deadline,” referring to the game’s difficult launch.

Payday 3’s release has been marred by a barrage of negative reviews in response to major server issues, matchmaking issues, and controversial online-only requirements. Fans of the series have been able to enjoy offline modes in the past, such as in Payday 2, but controversial new requirements mean players must register, log in and stay online even while playing solo.

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Unsurprisingly, the move to online-only play, coupled with server downtime, led to widespread criticism, with the game receiving a “Mostly Negative” rating on Steam after over 27,000 reviews.

Despite problematic server issues and the game’s overall “half-finished” status, these cheerful QR codes are bringing joy to the community after a rough week.