Matthew Taylor and James Tillman, the two-man team that make up Catch & Release (the dev studio behind Cold Iron), have been hard at work in the months since the game’s release. Today, they are sharing the fruits of their labor with the VR gaming community.
In an interview with Gaming Nexus the week of the original release, Matthew Taylor stated that the team was hoping that the release would be successful enough to allow for some free DLC to be developed. It looks as though things have worked out, and then some. Wild Card, the first free expansion to Cold Iron, will be available today on Oculus Rift, HTV Vive, and PlayStation VR, and this thing is a whopper.
Check out the list of features, minigames, and improvements that Wild Card is adding to the base game:
NEW: EXHIBITION MODE--Duel against individual opponents with the ability to quickly retry the same opponent if you lose.
NEW: TRAINING MODE--Play four new games to hone your gunslinging skills.
NEW: SHOOTOUT (TRAINING)--Shoot outlaws that appear from behind cover, but be careful not to shoot innocents!
NEW: JUGGLER'S QUEST (TRAINING)--Shoot bottles and cans that rain from the sky. Make it to the end and defeat the boss to win.
NEW: ENDLESS SHOOTOUT (TRAINING)--Outlaws appear faster and faster the more you shoot. The game ends when you shoot an innocent.
NEW: JUGGLE FOREVER (TRAINING)--More cans are added as time passes. The game ends when anything touches the ground.
NEW: HARDCORE MODE--For serious gunslingers only! Enabling this option limits you to six bullets per round and forces you to holster the gun at your hip and cock it before firing.
NEW: DIFFICULTY OPTIONS--Adjust the difficulty level in Exhibition Mode and Juggler's Quest.
NEW: PRIZES--Earn points for dueling, training, and discovering secrets. Spend points to unlock new guns, alternate gun sounds, and saloon decorations.
NEW: EASTER EGGS
IMPROVED: MENUS--Get a better look at the statues you've unlocked. All of our menus have been re-designed to be prettier and more informative.
IMPROVED: OPTIONS--In addition to Hardcore Mode, you now have the option of automatically skipping all cutscenes.
IMPROVED: GRAPHICS--Cold Iron is smoother and higher resolution than ever on both PS4 and PS4 Pro.
IMPROVED: CONTROLS--You can now use the Move button to cock the gun on PS4.
IMPROVED: SCORING--Base scores for several duels were re-calculated based on player feedback. There's gold in them duels!
FIXED: You can now skip the mini-cutscene between the 10th and 11th duels in Campaign Mode.
FIXED: Fixed a rare holster UI bug.
I can’t let “Hardcore Mode” slide by without comment. Cold Iron already has a blistering difficulty level that was finely tuned to reward practice and perseverance. Beating Cold Iron has been one of the highlights of my gaming year so far. I want to meet the mutant that is able beat Cold Iron in Hardcore Mode. “Forces you to holster the gun at your hip and cock it before firing”? Forget about it!
In addition to the bucket-load of new content, the price of the base game is being dropped across all platforms to $13.99. If you have been on the fence about trying out one of the most original and unique VR experiences available, the pot just got a lot sweeter.
I really enjoyed Cold Iron upon release, and the game has only grown in my estimation as time has gone by and I’ve exposed various friends and family to the sweet pain of its pleasures. I’m very excited to dive back in and try some of this new content. Let the cursing begin anew!