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How to Get Into the Payday 3 Closed Beta

I need my payday, three.

Payday 3 is right around the corner, set to blast its way onto PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 on September 21, 2023. Dallas, Chains, Wolf, Hoxton, and surely many others down the line are back with even more freedom of movement, advanced stealth mechanics, and even better gunplay. With it still just over a month out though, you might be wondering how you could play earlier and test it out. Thankfully, there’s a way to do just that. Here’s how to get into the Payday 3 closed beta.

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How to Sign Up For the Payday 3 Closed Beta

To sign up for the Payday 3 closed beta, you’ll need to go through a different method based on your platform. For PC users, you’ll want to head to the Steam page of Payday 3 and look near the top of the page for the Payday 3 Playtest. Select “Request Access” and you’ll be entered. For Xbox users, you’ll want to navigate to the Xbox Insider Hub and select previews, then select Payday 3 and signup through there. Unfortunately, PlayStation users can’t access the Closed Beta.

The above Closed Beta will run between August 2 and August 7, with anyone possessing an invite able to hop in and play. Invites will be sent out several times throughout each day of the closed beta, so don’t worry if you don’t get access immediately. Once you do, the email associated with your Steam or Xbox account should get an email regarding it.

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What Else Should You Know About the Payday 3 Closed Beta?

Any progress made during this beta won’t carry over, so try not to play too much unless you’re that invested in the game. It’s also important to note that there’s no way to increase your chances of getting any invite. Someone who hasn’t touched a Payday game in their life is just as likely to get access as someone with several thousand hours in the game. The same goes for achievement progress, or liking the developer’s social media posts.

If you’re curious as to what other big titles are on the way, check out our guide on the biggest video game releases of 2023.

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Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year and a half, writing mainly about FPS games and RPGs. He even brings several years of experience at other sites like The Nerd Stash to the table. While he doesn't bring a fancy degree to the table, he brings immense attention to detail with his guides, reviews, and news, leveraging his decade and a half of gaming knowledge. If he isn't writing about games, he's likely getting zero kills in his favorite FPS or yelling at the game when it was 100% his fault that he died.