VR ‘Has Been Defined As Non-Core’

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Payday 2 developers Starbreeze underwent some major restructuring and changes to the company over the last year.

In a Steam post, Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark wrote about the company’s current standing and their plan for future Payday 2 content. Writing about the company’s restructuring, the representative noted that “through extremely hard work and commitment by all of our employees, [they’ve] been able to stay afloat, clean up our business and start thinking about our future and the future of PAYDAY.”

Development was halted on Payday 2 late last year, but work will now resume on some products. We reached out to Starbreeze to ask if they intend to continue to develop and publish VR content, and whether future Payday 2 downloadable content will support VR, as previous DLCs did.

A Starbreeze representative explained they divided the business into core and non-core elements and “VR in general has been defined as non-core…The focus for the non-core businesses has since December 2018 been to make sure that these operations develop in a positive manner, but outside of Starbreeze. In some cases, this has resulted in divestments, or winding up the business.”

A document posted to the Starbreeze website as a mid-year report explains that the company “discontinued” a “VR Park in Dubai” and that its StarVR effort has been defined as “non-core” to the business. Last we heard Acer had taken majority ownership of the ultrawide field of view headset and its developer program was halted, but that was a long time ago and we haven’t seen an update on the hardware since then.

“The next DLC for PAYDAY 2 will be supported in the existing VR offering for the game,” according to the statement from Starbreeze.

Were you a fan of Payday 2 in VR? Let us know in the comments below.



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