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Wipeout Gets Into The Future's Past

It's not quite a Feisar origin story, but Wipeout 2048 brings futuristic "street" racing to the NGP.

Set a few years before the original Wipeout, Wipeout 2048 has a bit of a "street" look to it... well, it has about as much of a street look as a futuristic hovership racing game can have, anyway. The tracks have a more lived-in look to them, from what I saw, but that doesn't change the core of the action. You're still racing weird hovership things, firing weapons, using your air brakes, and listening to Orbital.

Zone mode will return to Wipeout in 2048 with new art styles to keep it looking fresh, and the game will have multiple control methods. I tried using the tilt functionality for steering and got used to it reasonably quickly, but I still did better using the analog stick. Considering you'll have to tilt the whole screen to play that way, I'm guessing that analog stick control will be a better choice for most players.

Wipeout 2048 will be available on launch day for the NGP, whenever that is. It will also ship with a CrossPlay (their term) feature that allows you to connect to PlayStation 3 players. This probably means that some of the tracks from the PS3 game seem to be finding their way into 2048, but it's also possible that the required update that will be coming for Wipeout HD players could lead to another track pack on that end, as well.

The game will make use of the NGP's cameras by taking photos or short video clips of the winning racer and sending them around to your online opposition and trophies that you earn can apparently be viewed in some kind of augmented reality style. That part wasn't on display, so I'm not sure how cool that'll be.

Key, of course, to any racing game is its sense of speed. Though the demo was set to a lower speed class, the game already has a good-looking frame rate and looks nice and fast. In short, it looks like a Wipeout game. It feels like a Wipeout game.

What, you don't believe I played it? You think I'd make something like this up? OK, fine, I've got some proof, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.

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Posted by Jeff

Set a few years before the original Wipeout, Wipeout 2048 has a bit of a "street" look to it... well, it has about as much of a street look as a futuristic hovership racing game can have, anyway. The tracks have a more lived-in look to them, from what I saw, but that doesn't change the core of the action. You're still racing weird hovership things, firing weapons, using your air brakes, and listening to Orbital.

Zone mode will return to Wipeout in 2048 with new art styles to keep it looking fresh, and the game will have multiple control methods. I tried using the tilt functionality for steering and got used to it reasonably quickly, but I still did better using the analog stick. Considering you'll have to tilt the whole screen to play that way, I'm guessing that analog stick control will be a better choice for most players.

Wipeout 2048 will be available on launch day for the NGP, whenever that is. It will also ship with a CrossPlay (their term) feature that allows you to connect to PlayStation 3 players. This probably means that some of the tracks from the PS3 game seem to be finding their way into 2048, but it's also possible that the required update that will be coming for Wipeout HD players could lead to another track pack on that end, as well.

The game will make use of the NGP's cameras by taking photos or short video clips of the winning racer and sending them around to your online opposition and trophies that you earn can apparently be viewed in some kind of augmented reality style. That part wasn't on display, so I'm not sure how cool that'll be.

Key, of course, to any racing game is its sense of speed. Though the demo was set to a lower speed class, the game already has a good-looking frame rate and looks nice and fast. In short, it looks like a Wipeout game. It feels like a Wipeout game.

What, you don't believe I played it? You think I'd make something like this up? OK, fine, I've got some proof, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.

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Edited by Tregard

Cool, I've never been a big fan of the Wipeout series, it always seemed more suited to portable gaming IMO

Posted by Natedogg2

Looks interesting, but I've never been a Wipeout fan.

Posted by Danteveli

Yes. been a long time since I played Wipeout.

Posted by Silver-Streak

Jeff also cameos in the Uncharted NGP video for a split second.

Posted by KillerFly

Finally, the answers to the rich Wipeout backstory we've been looking for.

Edited by thehexeditor

Well , now I don't have to  give a shit if F-Zero 3DS happens or not.
 
Wipeout NGP sounds like a slice of fried gold covered in sex.

Posted by GoodAssLettuce

Is Jeff going to be in the final game?

Posted by admanb

Now Jeff will be famous!

Posted by cap123

jeff cameo!

Posted by Floppypants

No brainer launch day purchase.  Looks great.

Edited by Enigma777

Man, I love me some Wipeout. Between this and Uncharted, looks like I'll be getting an NGP... er... Vita. I just hope it's less than $400...

Posted by Chubbaluphigous

I've been sporting a Wipeout boner since I first played the original in HS.

Posted by Scooper

So Ryan is Sega, now Jeff is Sony?

Posted by clank543

Wow, it looks like the NGP is gonna have one hell of a lauch lineup!
Posted by Jumbs

As long as the soundtrack is amazing, as usual.

Posted by hagridore

Day one, I'm there. Though a shame Icarus won't have been founded yet. Will be slummin' it in Feisar.

Posted by Redbullet685

I wonder how many people will flash their genitals to the camera when they win the race.

Posted by craigbo180

SONY. 
 
The only way I buy a NGP day one is if you launch with a new rollcage game.

Posted by waypoetic

I've already pre-ordered a NGP/PS Vita, i was confident about the games and the line-up for the launch titles since the announcement. I'm freakin hyped! 

Edited by sado

"Get to see you gloat at them."
 
Right...
 
Quick! Pull down your pants! Glad to see Sony's incorporating wang caps from Kinect. Game looks cool though, can't wait to play it.

Posted by Red_R0B0T
@sado said:
"Get to see you gloat at them."  Right...  Quick! Pull down your pants! Glad to see Sony's incorporating wang caps from Kinect. Game looks cool though, can't wait to play it.
You beat me to it. I imagine a lot of Uno on Xbox Live style wang snapshots.  
Gloat with your dong, only on Sony's Vita.
Posted by NorseDudeTR
Man alive, I'm going to bite the bullet in the worst way on this Vita thing. Dammit, Sony!
Posted by FesteringNeon

I want to map that pic of Jeff to a ship in game.

Posted by KaosAngel

So it's just Wipeout HD+Fury Mixed Edition, I shall wait and see what the MGS launch game will be. 
 
Wipeout is too hard to play on the train rides.

Posted by rottendevice

British people love making racing games. 
 
Also, this game looks / sounds like fun.

Posted by mchief22

I loved the PS3 version of wipeout, so the fact that I can play with my PS3 mates while on the go with my PSP HD is just fecking awesome. Unlocking PS3 trophies on the go, can't wait!!

Posted by biospank

the music is so awesome!

Posted by Cazamalos

if they release the PSvita with this wipeout at launch Sony will score a lot of points

Posted by adamazing

I hope they make a new HACKERS movie, and they have to play this in it!
Posted by Legend

Didn't expect to see Jeff in the video. lol

Posted by CakeBomb

Dude, focus the effin camera! 
 
That's so annoying.

Posted by Hef

He didn't lie.  He totally played it.  Damn it...I just lost 20 BradBucks.

Posted by blaakmawf

I like Wipeout, but I only really need one game.

Posted by Dixavd

THe NGP is startign to get some pretty serious looking launche titles - the question is if when it is released if the 3DS has some of its best games out to choose between them - but WipeOut is my favourite racing series of all time and I'll be looking forward to seeing more of it and the NGP soon.

Posted by TigerClaw

Looks great, The Wipeout games has always been a lot of fun.

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

Man, first the Uncharted article, and now this. If they show off a God of War game for this thing I'm gonna cave

Posted by Jinto

Psh, ain't nobody wanna race me on that demo track. I'd smoke all ya'll with my AG-Systems hover craft.

Posted by buzz_clik

One of my greatest regrets is that I don't own a PS3 or a PSP to play a new Wipeout game on. This isn't helping.

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Posted by ThePantheon

JEFF G CAMEO!
It's crazy that it's a fully made promo video but they're still using the phrase "NGP".

Posted by Kyreo

Dude. I'm stoked. This may convince me to get an NGP.

Posted by Delsaber

Bonus points to Studio Liverpool if they give Cold Storage a big chunk of the soundtrack work. That would make it feel a lot like the first game, at least to me since I only ever played the Saturn version.

Posted by Tebbit

I'm not sure if you guys know this about me
 
I really like Wipeout.
 
@buzz_clik said:

One of my greatest regrets is that I don't own a PS3 or a PSP to play a new Wipeout game on. This isn't helping.
Dammit man! Make the investment! Wipeout HD is hella rad.
Posted by El_Derrico

So is Jeff going to be a boss in the game? 

Posted by chickdigger802

I'm getting the same vibe as when psp was launched... 
 
This all looks cool but I can't see when I'll use this besides my biannual trip to china... 
 
don't want to carry this around with me =(

Posted by Michaelblack18

jeff in hd has never looked so good also looks like a pure fun wipeout game

Posted by Springfart

sweet!

Posted by Babylonian

So I guess this fills in that gap in the "Burnout - Blur - ??? - Wipeout" timeline.

Posted by Xpgamer7

Haven't seen Wipeout in a while. Nice to see some news on it.

Posted by m0rdr3d

I'd like to like this for some reason, but I find it hard to see the sustained appeal of racing a ship down a tunnel for hours to techno music.  I dunno...
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