Somehow I missed the fact that there’s a new Keanu Reeves film where he plays a professional hitman, but Payday 2 is well on top of it. Overkill has announced some kind of tie-in partnership with the John Wick film’s creators and will be adding a freebie player character to the game on 22 October.
That character will be the eponymous John Wick, as played by Ted Theodore Logan himself.
“We’ve finally got a real hitman on our team. Being able to play as John Wick in Payday 2 ahead of the movie’s release is a great reward for our loyal Payday 2 community,” says Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint in a very CEO-like sentence.
As well as the John Wick playable character, this free DLC will add a new hitman skill tree (featuring skills like ‘Akimbo,’ a dual wielding option,) a new customisable pistol and knife, and (most important) three sets of sunglasses to wear. It’s always important to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
In a reverse videogame film tie-in, Lionsgate has also announced that from tomorrow (22 October) anybody who buys tickets to see John Wick on Fandango will receive a free copy of Payday 2 to add to their Steam library. That may be a US-only offer, I have no idea if Fandango operates in other countries as well.