PayDay 2 director David Goldfarb spoke with Rock, Paper, Shotgun last week and when asked about adding a versus mode into the mix he said it wasn’t out of the question but it’s just too big of a move right now.
A versus mode would be impressive but Goldfarb touched upon his past with online multiplayer games such as Battlefield 3 and Bad Company and said that adding an online mode would have put them in a “different place”.
“The one thing, without going into too much detail, is we made a lot of decisions on this game that were ambitious and risky, and one of the reasons that we were able to get it out on time and make it generally a good game is that we didn’t entertain a lot of stuff that was outside of our core focus, and the core focus is not versus,” he said.
“The core focus is co-op. So when we revisit whatever we’re going to do for the next one maybe that’ll change. When you make a versus game it puts you in a different place, and then your attention is kind of split. And having been on the Battlefield side of things, and we’re doing single-player and co-op, and multiplayer – they all kind of suffer in their own ways.
“It was good that we kept our focus and enabled us to finish this game. Now I’m not going say we would never consider it, but that’s what we did on this one.”
I’d certainly thoroughly enjoy a versus mode in Payday, a cops vs robbers type mode. I agree however that it could take away the main focus of the game which is successfully avoiding getting caught which would be no fun for the people playing on the cops team if the robbers are professional and get away with it.
It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds for the Payday franchise but for now Payday 2 has only been out for a month and we’ve still got five lots of DLC heading our way! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now.