Rejoice, intrepid burglarers! Soon, you can rob banks and jewelry stores like never before with the team-based crime-spree game, Payday 2. The game itself isn’t new as it’s been out since August of 2013. In the game you and your friends (or strangers) team up to take down heavily guarded banks, warehouses, jewelry stores, and more as a trained group of career criminals. By playing you rack up money and gear and unlock skills for various classes and guns as you progress.
Today, the creators of the game (Overkill, a Starbreeze Studio) have officially announced that Payday 2 will be receiving VR support. This new mode will also feature crossplay with non-VR players ensuring the game’s community isn’t split. According to Polygon, the entire game will be playable in VR and will be a free update for all owners of the game on PC.
The news was announced during today’s Starstream event with the game’s publisher, Starbeeze. The footage shows people playing on an HTC Vive, but it seems reasonable to assume support for the Oculus Rift and Touch will be included as well. From the gameplay footage shown above, it’s clear this isn’t just a head tracking port but is instead fully articulated VR game. Guns are tracked to motion controllers, you can duck down behind cover, and even use your hands to revive downed teammates. We assume full artificial locomotion via the Vive’s trackpads or Touch’s analog sticks, such as in Serious Sam, will be included.
A beta is expected to start at some point this year in 2017 but targeted platforms are not confirmed as of the time of this publication. Which other shooters would want to see receive full VR support like this? Let us know in the comments below!