How to Fix Matchmaking Errors in Payday 3

Is there any way for heisters to bypass matchmaking problems in Payday 3?

by Marc Magrini
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Payday 3 gives players the opportunity to rob banks with new abilities and strategies not seen in the franchise before. Unfortunately, it also has more restrictions on play than previous entries, with its always-online play leading to network errors and account issues. Notably, many players might find themselves with problems relating to matchmaking. Without being able to fix matchmaking errors in Payday 3, no heists are able to be played outside of the tutorial missions.

Can Players Fix Matchmaking Errors in Payday 3?

When it comes to matchmaking issues in particular, these issues are server-side rather than client-side. In other words, players can’t do much outside of waiting if they want these issues to be resolved. The developers noted these issues and stated their intentions to work on a solution. It’s in their hands, and all players can do in the meantime is to keep an eye on the game’s social media accounts for updates.

If you aren’t sure if you’re experiencing these issues, there are a few signs you can watch out for. If you haven’t loaded into a lobby within 5-10 minutes, chances are you won’t be loading into one anytime soon. It doesn’t matter if you set the lobby to public or if you set it to invite only, since the game still uses its matchmaking to prepare each heist. If these issues are persisting, simply close the game and wait for these problems to be resolved.

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Though you won’t be able to join full heists while matchmaking issues are occurring, Payday 3 will still let you try the tutorial missions in the meantime. You can use these to both test the game’s performance and get more used to the controls, allowing you to prepare for more difficult heists and challenges while these issues are going on.

- This article was updated on September 22nd, 2023

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Marc has been a freelance writer for Attack of the Fanboy since 2022. He's most familiar with Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Pokémon, and Kirby, but he's well-versed in action-packed titles like Monster Hunter and the Souls games. With each article he publishes, Marc looks to improve his skills and make himself known as a top-quality writer, providing valuable tips and information that others might unknowingly ignore.