During the Game Developers Conference (GDC) back in March, Cloudhead Games’ CEO, Denny Unger teased details of Pistol Whip’s next campaign, indicating that it could be set in the Wild West. That’s very much the case with the studio confirming Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder will be coming to Oculus Quest and Rift during the summer.
Just like Pistol Whip: 2089, this new action-packed campaign will be set across five scenes (stages) with the storyline involving a pair of sisters. Few other details have been released so far, but expect to encounter plenty of explosions, trains and, of course, some pistol-whipping in what could be Pistol Whip’s least neon-drenched experience yet.
The launch of Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder will also herald the arrival of The Concierge update Cloudhead Games originally mentioned last year. While Pistol Whip does feature gameplay modifiers and gun customisation options, The Concierge is set to take those options to a whole new level. “Whether you prefer bottomless burst pistols or dodging through levels as a no-ammo pacifist, seemingly endless combinations of weapons and modifiers for every level will allow you to truly hone your play style,” notes a blog post. In addition to the customisation options, you’ll be able to compete in the multi-platform leaderboards which will have ever-changing featured styles.
For the sound of it, Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder and The Concierge will be Pistol Whip’s biggest content update to date, greatly rounding out the experience for new and seasoned players. The Pistol Whip 2089 campaign was free DLC so that could well be the case again, VRFocus expects Cloudhead Games might do the same again.
The rhythm action shooter has been a big success for Cloudhead Games since the initial launch in 2019. VRFocus thoroughly enjoyed playing Pistol Whip, saying in its review: “Pistol Whip is huge amounts of fun even on the easiest difficulty setting, suitable for VR players no matter their skill level.”
Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder is part of the Oculus Gaming Showcase, the first time Facebook has held such an event, mainly due to events such as GDC unable to take place. Summer 2021 is going to be a big one for the Oculus platform so keep reading VRFocus for all the latest updates.