Enter The Gungeon meets Payday 2 with crossover items

Gungeon Payday

Last year’s Enter The Gungeon [official site] was a rather pleasant surprise, offering a satisfying blend of bullet-dodging shmuppiness paired with a bit of Binding of Isaac-ish’roguelite’ dungeon-crawling and looting. This week saw the release of a cross-promotion update between Gungeon and Payday 2 [official site], with both games gaining a generous handful of free extra gubbins. The funny thing: none of them are guns.

While the four new masks (pictured below, each with an attached new achievement to earn) in Payday 2 are rather fetching and/or adorable, Enter The Gungeon seems to have gotten the better side of this deal. On top of the usual range of bug-fixes and tweaks (full patch notes here), this update has added three rather clever new items to the mix:

Payday Gungeon

First up is the Drill. Bane of any Payday player’s existence, but actually useful in Enter The Gungeon. You can use it to crack open locked chests after clearing a wave-survival challenge. This is the one that everyone will want, as there are never even close to enough keys available in a given dungeon.

Second and arguably least interesting item is the Bank Bag. You collect more money, but drop some every time you get hit.

The third item is the Payday Mask, which summons a Heister minion to support you, and one additional minion for each other Payday item collected.

It’s a nice little taster of things to come. Gungeon fans are still eagerly awaiting for the release of Advanced Gungeons and Draguns, a free expansion-type update for the game promising new rooms, NPCs, secrets, a new mini-boss and the usual assortment of new items and – of course – guns. Lots of guns.

It’s good to see Gungeon & Payday 2 so well supported and still going strong – I dust them both off for a round every now and then. Enter The Gungeon is still a regular for the Twitch streaming crowd, and Payday 2’s Ultimate Edition re-launch (in the wake of giving away 5 million free copies) was an enormous success, making it one of the most-played games on Steam. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for both.


  1. April March says:

    I am very excited for all these new items coming to Enter the Gungeon, even though finishing the very first floor is still a great achievement for me.

  2. Bull0 says:

    I didn’t rate Gungeon at all, for my money Nuclear Throne is the better game

    • Synesthesia says:

      It is! I wish I was better at it. I killed the lich in Enter the Gungeon, but I’ve yet to loop in NT.

      • Bull0 says:

        Yeah, it’s insanely difficult but satisfying as anything when you get it and the general ui design makes jumping in for another run when you lose easy

  3. hommesansclef says:

    Offered as a polite counterpoint to Bull0 as I tend to find the “x is better than y” argument to inadequately capture the excellence of both games. They have cosmetic similarities but are very different.

    EtG is more complex, slower, longer (takes a long time to discover all the secrets of the gungeon), much more interesting boss fights, more interesting items, synergies, status effects, and requires methodical, disciplined play. It’s the superior roguelike. The DodgeRoll team seems really responsive and engaged with fans of the game.

    Nuclear Throne has an awesome punk vibe, fast gunplay, far fewer but more obviously unique guns, a killer soundtrack, more varied terrain, less sophisticated bosses that are deployed mid-level to great effect, and an irresistible “one more time” pull. It’s the superior arcade game. Rami Ismail seems like a pretty legit dude as well.

    Conclusion: Immediately purchase both games, ~$10USD on Steam, play the heck out of both.

    • NailBombed says:

      Wish there were a thumbs up button for RPS. Would have bashed the hell out of it for this. Coincidentally, I have not played either of these in a while, and shall do so forthwith.

    • Bull0 says:

      I found Gungeon to be plodding and dull, its systems underexplained and the overall art style not really appealing. To be fair I’d probably have invested more time in it were I not already getting my rogue itch scratched very well by a number of other games.

  4. automatic says:

    Guess someone held a game promotion just enough for a RL gun issue get cold on the news. Either that or we have some sadistic publishers out there.

  5. Friendly Pixel says:

    Found the Drill and the Mask at the emporium.. for 9999$. What the hell…