Overkill Software has two new big Payday experiments on the way in the form of a VR mode for Payday 2, and a mobile version of the cooperative shooter-heist game due out soon.
Both announcements came recently via two teaser trailers featuring just under a minute worth of gameplay for the VR component, which is set to head into beta later into 2017, and the mobile version, which is set to launch for iOS and Android devices… soon.
The mobile game is a PvP title that can be played with multiple people. Players take on the roles of both the infamous heisters and the police out to stop them. The maps and weapons are based on those found in the larger game for home consoles and PC. You can check out the 51 second teaser trailer for Payday Crime War below.
Badfly Games is at the helm of this mobile port, and it’s scheduled to make its debut on the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store.
If you don’t care about mobile gaming (and most core gamers don’t), you might be more interested in the upcoming virtual reality component for Payday 2, known as Payday VR.
The VR mode will be designed for PC VR headsets such as the HTC Vive. It’s also designed with the motion controls in mind for maneuverability, interactions and obviously weapon handling. Another 51 second teaser trailer was released that you can check out below.
The Payday VR mode will be compatible with all previously released Payday 2 content. Some of the upgrades to the actual gameplay will include being able to freely look around and aim separately from the look-view using the motion-based Vive controllers.
There’s also the ability to use the spatial awareness utility within the HTC Vive’s room scale functionality so that you can move, weave, peek, duck and hide using your actual body to avoid being hit. However, I imagine this may be a bit difficult to pull off considering that the game uses disembodied hands to represent the player-character when playing in VR. I truly, truly, truly hope that they consider adding a player-view model for the VR mode just like in the standard mode of the game.
There’s nothing that takes me out of the experience more in a VR title than playing a game with disembodied hands.
Anyway, the VR mode will also feature the ability to give NPC commands and order around hostages using the VR controllers, as well as reviving teammates. The beta for the Payday VR will take place at some point in 2017. The mode will feature cross-platform compatibility, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on playing with your friends who may be stuck in the basic non-VR version of the game.