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The real world of business is nothing like Starbreeze’s Syndicate – if it was, Overkill Software would probably find itself six-feet under by now. But thankfully for the Payday: The Heist developer, that’s not quite how takeovers work in 2012.

Instead, Starbreeze has announced its intention to acquire the Stockholm-based developer. While the deal is not officially signed just yet – it’s pending approval from people in suits – the merger looks likely to go ahead. Should it get the nod, the move will grant Starbreeze control of the Payday IP.

Overkill itself was founded out of the ashes of GRIN, which collapsed in late 2009.