Payday 2 is a co-op first-person shooter filled with action and adrenaline-pumping moments where players must complete a heist to gain XP and cash to buy and upgrade their equipment.
Payday 2 can be played solo, accompanied by bots, or with friends through its online multiplayer to complete the heist together. This game can be entertaining with friends, as well as chaotic. In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to be able to play Payday 2 with friends. Moreover, we will show you how it might affect XP and money earned after each heist.
How to Play Payday 2 with Friends
In Payday 2, there are several ways to invite your friends so you can play Payday 2 together. We will go over the simplest method here.
Steps to Invite Your Friends to Play Payday 2 with You
- First, you must log in to crime.net at the top right corner of your screen.
- Select a Heist marked in a white box with a circle and change the permissions to friends only
- Click on Invite Friends and select the friends you want to play with
- You can also choose different missions from the contract broker menu on the left side of the map
Playing With Random Teammates
- To play with random teammates (randoms), simply select a populated server on the map
- You can also start an empty heist and set it to public
- Players can leave and join before and during the match.
Keep in mind that at all times, the host can kick, invite, and mute other players that are part of their heist. This is also true of you are playing with your friends in Payday 2.
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How Money and XP are Split after a Heist in Payday 2 Multiplayer
Money in Payday 2 is earned by completing tasks and gathering valuable things during a heist, and everything gets shared between players. It doesn’t matter how much cash the group has after a heist. Everyone will get the same amount no matter what.
XP in Payday 2 gets used to level up, giving you access to new equipment. The amount of XP does not get split or reduced after a match while playing with friends.
Long story short, your earnings will not be affected if playing Payday 2 with friends so enjoy your multiplayer experience.
Is there PvP in Payday 2 to Play against Friends?
The short answer is no. But if you want to play PvP, you can go into the mutators options, add friendly fire, and work something out with your friends. The developers do not officially support this improvised PvP mode, so it will be far from perfect.
Fans of the franchise have been begging Overkill to add a PvP mode to the upcoming title, Payday 3. Hopefully, they will listen to their community and add an official game mode to fight other players.
How to Play Payday 2 Online with Mods
Not all mods are compatible with Payday 2 Online Multiplayer, and you can quickly learn this before installing a mod. If a mod is incompatible with online gameplay, you will usually see something that says ‘’Only compatible in offline mode’’ or ‘’Only useable in the offline mode.’’
While it is possible to play online with some of the best Payday 2 mods, not all mods will work. You can only use mods that don’t affect the gameplay or another player’s game.
Payday 2 is a delightful game you can play in almost any way you want. Yet, it’s very clear that the developers built the game around multiplayer.
Hopefully, you will find hours of enjoyment with your friends. Or, who knows, you may find your new group of friends while playing Payday 2 online.
Remember to check our other articles on Payday 2 that cover other interesting game topics. In particular, you may want to check out our best Payday 2 builds. In particular, we really love using our stealth build in Payday 2 when we want an exciting challenge.
Good Luck; Good Heist!