There’s no doubt whatsoever that Pistol Whip has been one of the biggest surprises in the VR space over the past year or so. Since releasing last November, developer Cloudhead Games has continued to add new content to the rhythm-focused shooter which each ensuing update seemingly improving on the one before it. Now, Cloudhead has announced a new update that it’s planning to push out before 2020 wraps up and it might be the game’s biggest so far.

Pistol Whip 2089 is the name of this new piece of content that is said to be coming to the game for both Oculus and PC virtual reality headsets tomorrow on December 1. Cloudhead Games previously announced this update earlier this year, but the release date wasn’t disclosed until just now.

As for what Pistol Whip 2089 entails, it’s being described as a cinematic campaign, meaning that there will be a bit more narrative compared to previous iterations. 2089 is set in a sci-fi future where you’ll need to mow down a variety of enemies across five different scenes, all of which link together to tell the larger story at play. Cloudhead also says this is only the first of these new types of campaigns, so more might be coming down the road.

As far as new inclusions, in addition to the five new scenes, Pistol Whip 2089 will also come packed in with new enemies to take down, new guns to utilize, and new models. If you are someone who plays Pistol Whip quite a bit, this should be the nice change of pace you’ve been looking for if previous aspects of the game have been getting stale.

You can check out a bit of what Pistol Whip 2089 will have to offer in the trailer right here:

Likely the most notable element of Pistol Whip 2089, however, is that Cloudhead Games says it is quite difficult. In fact, the studio encourages first-time players to not make 2089 their first foray into the world of Pistol Whip. The campaign is said to rely far more on both physical and mechanical prowess, meaning that you’ll likely want to have some experience under your belt elsewhere. Instead, Cloudhead says that players should dive into the game’s Classic, Reloaded, or Heartbreaker campaigns before giving 2089 a shot.

While that increased challenge might sound like a tall task, it’s honestly probably a good thing for those of us looking to play Pistol Whip 2089 in the pursuit of burning a few calories. A higher level of difficulty will mean that you’ll have to end up pushing yourself even more and will likely have a higher heart rate, too. Plus, if you want to really nail these more challenging levels, I imagine you’ll have to be moving your body and arms far more compared to other Pistol Whip levels. All in all, a raised difficulty might sound rough, but you’ll be glad that it’s there in the long run, I think.

Pistol Whip in its base form is available right now on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Quest, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR headsets. As for the PSVR iteration, however, Cloudhead says this 2089 update won’t be coming until 2021. For those who own the game via either Steam or the Oculus Store though, expect 2089 to begin rolling out tomorrow. Oh, and if it wasn’t already apparent, 2089 will be absolutely free.


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