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Velocity 2X leaps onto PS4 and PS Vita!

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Hi everyone, we are so excited and proud to announce Velocity 2X; the highly requested sequel to Velocity Ultra!

Take a look at our story teaser trailer here:


Gameplay (pre-alpha footage)
This video shows pre-alpha gameplay footage, which means it’s nowhere near what we’re aiming for visually. In fact, our technical director Hussain Sheikh was the lead visual effects programmer on Split/Second, so you can trust that he and the art team won’t stop until Velocity 2X looks spectacular.

What the dock?!
When PlayStation asked if we’d like Velocity 2X announced during its gamescom press conference, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. But the game just isn’t ready for a full reveal yet, so we’ve only let you glimpse the new platforming gameplay.

You can rest assured that the game features great mechanics that bridge the two formats perfectly; this isn’t just Velocity with a platformer bolted on, it’s a new game designed to use two gameplay formats. You won’t have to wait long for the full reveal – we’ll be at the Eurogamer Expo in September!

In the meantime, sign up to the Velocity website for updates and then read some more info below…

What’s new then?
Weaving together two classic game formats into one seamless experience, Velocity 2X features platforming action alongside the award-winning top-down shoot ‘em-up gameplay! We can’t reveal everything yet, but we can confirm the following:

Gameplay

  • Dual format gameplay:
    • Top-down shoot ‘em-up
    • Side-scrolling platformer
  • Top-down shoot ‘em-up
  • Side-scrolling platformer
  • Dual format bosses =)
  • Speed boost pads
  • Special weapon attacks

Graphics and tech

  • 960×544 native on PS Vita
  • 1080p on PS4
  • 60fps on PS4 and PS Vita
  • 3D camera zoom
  • Dynamic lighting
  • Particle system
  • Post processing VFX
  • Multiple layers of parallax

Lt. Kai Tana

Velocity 2X is a huge step up from Velocity Ultra. We threw out the old code and started again from scratch targeting next generation hardware. We hired AAA engine and visual effects programmers to bring a highly polished modern feel to a classic genre, and we’ve pushed our house art style to the next level.

Music
Joris de Man is back on board to provide audio and music, and whereas Velocity Ultra had a handful of music tracks, Velocity 2X features a full soundtrack. It’s a leap forward in production value whilst keeping one foot firmly in our retro roots. Just turn the volume up and listen to the story teaser above to hear exactly what we mean.

Story
Velocity 2X features a much richer story, and whilst we can’t reveal much about it yet, you can get a taste from the Apex Predator prologue below…

Apex Predator

Apex Predator Prologue

Now I remember.

As the ship hull screeched and ruptured under ferocious pressure, I watched in detached wonder as automated cabling tore into my wrist and snaked inside my arm.

Overstressed medical tech must have fought to keep me alive, desperate for raw materials, and did the only thing it could – it fused us together.

The ship had me on direct life support, feeding oxygen into my veins, recycling my blood. The ship and I were united for the journey, but now someone has crudely separated us.

Do they mean to heal me, or finish what they started? I should be horrified by what has happened to me but I’m strangely calm, and I have hope to cling to.

Read more here.

We are all very excited about Velocity 2X, and we’re confident that fans of Velocity Ultra will absolutely love it. We can’t wait for you to play it!

The full reveal
There’s a lot more to Velocity 2X than we’re showing at the moment, so if you want to be first to see it all, register for updates at the Velocity website here.

That’s all for this post. If you like what you see, follow these links now and we’ll talk more!

www.velocitygame.co.uk
www.futurlab.co.uk/
www.twitter.com/FuturLab
www.facebook.com/FuturLab

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I had to rewind the conference a bit to make sure I heard this announcement correctly.

SO. EXCITED.

Whoa, I did not see it coming at all. I was just lazily scrolling down the blog and then… OMG sequel to Velocity!!!

When the trailer of the prequel, Velocity Ultra, promised “loads of fun” I was like “Yeah, right…”, but man, you’ve proved me wrong so hard. I’m so glad you’re making another one. And even more glad it’s not just more of the same. Good luck, guys, I’ll be waiting!

SuperJag86 20 August, 2013 @ 8:38 pm   3

This Is Awesome!!!

ImperatorA3 20 August, 2013 @ 9:00 pm   4

Looking forward to it, enjoyed the first one.

luckysalt81 20 August, 2013 @ 9:13 pm   5

So this is going the Metroid route too with the side scrolling, good, maybe you can do something as Ninty can’t be arsed to make one.

First is good but a challenge, I can’t believe the speed of whoever’s playing above. DAMN wish I was that good

MadMan_Matt_ 20 August, 2013 @ 9:42 pm   6

Such awesome news. Velocity Ultra is definitely in my top 3 vita games, was such fun. Can’t wait for this

Simon Credland 21 August, 2013 @ 9:28 am   7

Can’t wait, looking better each time :)

wow looks like the games I played and loved in the 80′s on my C64

Hey all, Dave from FuturLab here. Glad to see you are all excited for Velocity 2X :)

If you’ve played Velocity Ultra, you’ll know the quality of game we aim to produce. I’m confident that 2X is going to surpass Ultra in every way; there’s too much dedication and love going into this game for us to fall short of expectations!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!