Gage Historical Pack
Gage Historical Pack.jpg
The Historical Pack Title card.
Downloadable Content Info
Developer(s) Overkill Software
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release Date(s) November 13, 2014 (PC)
June 16, 2015 (PS4, Xbox One)
Price(s) $2.99 USD
Type Weapon Content Pack
Available At Steam Store

The Gage Historical Pack is the thirteenth paid DLC pack for PAYDAY 2. It sheds some light on the background of the gunrunner Gage.

Customization options[edit | edit source]

These masks, materials, and patterns are achievement rewards. They can't drop during a PAYDAY and cannot be sold. Instead, they can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any non-achievement or Infamy reward pattern, color, or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

"Gage has kept these masks for himself for a long time. Too long! The time has come for you to wear these faces of old. Behold!"
—Announcement site quote.

  • The masks included in the Gage Historical Pack are references to several key figures in the second World War.
    • The Old Blood and Guts mask is a reference to the United States Army General George S. Patton, best known for his colorful, often flashy personal image and hard-driving leadership style that contributed to his success as a commander and victories in the European Theater. The mask's scowl depicts Patton's own "war face", a stern expression he cultivated throughout his career as part of his distinctive personal image.
    • The Constable mask is a reference to the French political leader Charles de Gaulle. Like mentioned in the mask's description, de Gaulle was the leader of France for much of the period between 1940 and 1969, has set up his base in London, proclaimed himself the incarnation of France, and created the Free French movement.
    • The British Bulldog mask is a reference to the English prime minister Winston Churchill. As referenced in the description of the mask, Churchill was a prominent political figure during the time, is a Nobel prize winner, owner of many medals and the first honorary citizen of the United States of America.
      • The term "British Bulldog" is also a nickname of Churchill, following the "animal names" tradition of his family with him being a Bulldog.
    • The Red Bear mask, however, does not seem to refer to any specific individual, but rather a single personification of the entire Soviet Union during the time ("the Big Red Bear", etc...).
  • The pattern Death Dealer is likely a reference to the series Underworld.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

"Time to crack open the crate and take a closer look at the vintage merchandise. Ah, the memories! You'll notice that there's a little bit of everything for everyone in this shipment - there's an SMG, a sniper rifle, an LMG, and a pistol. Bit of an all-rounder, this one."
—Announcement site quote.

"What would a Gage Weapon Pack be without additional tools so you can kill people in melee? Back in the day, real soldiers used anything they could grab hold of to hit, stab, or bludgeon the enemy into submission. Things like the Potato Masher (actually a grenade), the Spear of Freedom (actually a flag) and two more essential artifacts of the period. Check them out below."
—Announcement site quote.

Weapon Modifications[edit | edit source]

"Back in the day, before picatinny rails and modular weapons platforms, modifications usually meant hacksaws and welding. Having said that, there's a total of 20 available mods that should make it somewhat easy to tailor these classics to your particular needs. Some of them practical, others more... aesthetic."
—Announcement site quote.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

"You thought achievements were old news!? Think again! These achievements will make you think that you're back in the golden age of achievements, when people thought they were going to be worth a damn. Enjoy five exciting challenges that will make you come back for your PAYDAY, too."
—Announcement site quote.

Death From Below.jpg Death From Below
Kill 25 enemies as they rappel using the Nagant sniper rifle. Unlocks the Constable mask, the Silenced Barrel and the Long Barrel for the Nagant sniper rifle, “Gunsmoke” material and “Dazzle” pattern.
Special Operations Execution.jpg Special Operations Execution
Kill 25 enemies while in stealth using the Trench knife. Unlocks the Red Bear mask, Short Barrel, Suppressed Barrel, Short Mag, Folded Stock, No Stock, Solid Stock, Heatsinked Suppressed Barrel for the Patchett L2A1 submachine gun, Barrel Sight 44, Damper.L 44 Nozzle for the Broomstick pistol, “Red Sun” material and “Death Dealer” pattern.
Wind of Change.jpg Wind of Change
In the Hoxton Breakout job, complete the heist while you and your four man crew are wearing one different "Historical" mask each on OVERKILL difficulty or above. Unlocks the Discrete Stock and Short Barrel for the Nagant sniper rifle, Precision Barrel for the Broomstick pistol, Extended Mag and Long Barrel for the Patchett L2A1 submachine gun and the Heatsinked Suppressed Barrel for the Buzzsaw 42 light machine gun.
So Uncivilized.jpg So Uncivilized
Equip a Broomstick pistol with the Damper.L 44 Nozzle and the Barrel Sight 44. Unlocks the British Bulldog mask, High Capacity Mag and Holster Stock for the Broomstick pistol, "Army Green" material and "Filthy Thirteen" pattern.
Bullet Hell.jpg Bullet Hell
Kill 10 enemies within 10 seconds using the Buzzsaw 42 light machine gun. Unlocks the Old Blood and Guts mask, Light Barrel for the Buzzsaw 42 light machine gun, "Patriot" material and "Captain War" pattern.

The following appeared on November 11, 2014.

Achievement locked.jpg History will
Achievement locked.jpg be kind to me
Achievement locked.jpg for I
Achievement locked.jpg intend
Achievement locked.jpg to write it

The teaser achievement "History will" was replaced on November 12, 2014, with the Death From Below teaser achievement. The teasers were replaced on November 13, 2014, with the release of the Gage Historical Pack.

Achievement locked.jpg Death From Below
Achievement locked.jpg be kind to me
Achievement locked.jpg for I
Achievement locked.jpg intend
Achievement locked.jpg to write it

  • The Death from Below achievement is a play on the phrase "death from above", which refers to the ability of airborne soldiers to cause chaos behind enemy lines.
  • Special Operations Executive is a reference to the British covert operations organisation of the same name during World War II.
  • The Winds of Change achievement is a reference to a speech made by Prime Minister Harold MacMillan to the parliament of South Africa in 1960.
  • So Uncivilized is a reference to a line by Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars Episode III after killing General Grevious with a blaster. Unlocking this achievement requires modding the Broomstick to closely resemble Han Solo's DL-44 blaster pistol from the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • Bullet Hell is a reference to a genre of 2D shoot-em-ups known as bullet-hell (also danmaku, curtain, or manic) shooters. What sets bullet-hell apart from other shoot-em-up games is the sheer number of projectiles (or bullets) which tend to be on the screen at once.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first and so far only DLC to offer both a sniper rifle and an LMG in a single package.
  • The weaponry included in the pack are based on iconic weapons of the 19th and 20th centuries:
  • Three of the four guns in the pack also appear (with heavy cosmetic modifications) as props in the original trilogy of the Star Wars films. Modifications are available in this pack to turn them into these props.
    • The Buzzsaw 42 can be modified with the Heatsinked Suppressed Barrel to resemble a Stormtrooper's DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle.
    • The Patchett L2A1 can be modified with a folded stock, Heatsinked Suppressed Barrel, and Short Magazine to resemble a Stormtrooper's E-11 Blaster Rifle, albiet without a scope.
    • The Broomstick can be modified with a Barrel Sight 44 and Damper.L 44 Nozzle to resemble Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster Pistol.

Hidden message[edit | edit source]

A hidden message is stored within the Gage Historical Pack microsite's background. The site's script selects randomly out of three backgrounds with each containing one third of the message. The message consists of capital characters with spaces around middle of the background.

Characters from the three backgrounds could be combined together. The combined text is ciphered using Caesar cipher with 13 characters shift forward. (This is known as ROT13, commonly used throughout the internet and fan materials for spoiler postings.)

The message "Whoever possesses the diamond will surely perish" might be interpreted as a teaser for the The Diamond Heist DLC, which was released after the Gage Historical Pack.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Gameplay • Heists • Skills & Perk Decks • Weapons & Equipment • DLC

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