Greetings! My name is John Kearney and I work as Art Director at VooFoo.
Just over 18 months ago, Hustle Kings was released on PSN. Since launch, 1.4 million online games have been played with over 14.8 million very shiny balls potted (imagine those numbers if we could include offline games)! During that time, we have been busy developing Hustle Kings for PlayStation Vita, in addition to providing regular updates and DLC for the PS3 version.
A thriving community helped guide our direction and allowed us to make significant improvements. We created the hugely popular snooker add-on, free crazy tables, new trick shots, ball-sets, cues and avatars. We also provided support for Move and stereoscopic 3D.
As a massive fan of late night games, it’s a privilege for me to confirm the inclusion of Hustle Kings in the upcoming PS3 title ‘After Hours Athletes‘. Created in association with PUMA Social, we recognise that the After Hours Athletes fuel themselves on late night falafel rather than energy drinks and half time oranges.
If that isn’t enough to satisfy your hustle needs, you’ll be pleased to know that Hustle Kings will be available for Vita at launch. Visually, it’s virtually identical to the PS3 version due to the fact that we are able to use exactly the same environments, pool tables and textures. The transition couldn’t have gone any better and the Vita version boasts many specific improvements.
Cross-Play is fully supported and you can even play asynchronously against multiple friends that have got themselves a copy of After Hours Athletes. Career mode has been redesigned and rebalanced. Tricky long shots can be lined-up by using zoom functionality on the back touch-screen. The gyroscope provides a very natural view of the table while in ‘Ball-Cam’ to ensure your angles are spot on. Every part of the UI has been redesigned to look better, allow easier navigation and generally provide a slicker experience. Brand new control mechanisms allow the use of Vita’s responsive touch-screen for adjusting your aim, chalking your cue or taking a shot. If you’re an old-school player and prefer to use the dual analogue sticks, you’ll be glad to know we support that too.
With more features and improvements than I’m able to list here, I’ll finish up by saying we’re incredibly excited by it all and hope that you are too! After Hours Athletes will be available in November with every single piece of Hustle Kings downloadable content included in the box.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the latest news for Hustle Kings on Vita, but until next time, After Hours Athletes… we salute you!