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‘Survival racer’ Distance speeds onto PS4 in 2015

Refract promises intense arcade action in a unique game world

Hi there! My name is Jordan Hemenway and I’m one of the developers at Refract, a Seattle-based indie studio. I’m excited to finally unveil that we’re bringing our survival racer Distance to PS4 in 2015!

Distance is what we’re calling a survival racing game. It takes the intense action of arcade racing and places it in an explorable, atmospheric world. The environments are mysterious and deadly with treacherous obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, you’ll be trying to survive from point A to point B.

Fortunately you control a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly. Instead of being constrained to the track, you can break away at any point and find your own path. You can even drive upside down or on buildings and walls parkour-style if you like.

Multiplayer takes this to the next level. To overtake your opponents you’ll have to use all of the car’s abilities at your disposal. For example, in Sprint mode it’s a quick dash to the finish with the goal being the fastest time. As you boost, your car’s core systems will begin to overheat, so to maintain the fastest speed you’ll have to land tricks (like backflips or barrel rolls) to stay cool.

In Reverse Tag mode you want to remain “it” for as long as possible. As other players start closing in you might want to scale a building for a quick escape, or dive bomb from a high point to use gravity to your advantage. Using car rotation to transition out of flight might be the best way to keep your momentum and stay in the lead.

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The world has a mysterious history, and as you explore you’ll be able to uncover pieces of its past. Adventure mode takes you through a short story where you incrementally earn each of the car’s abilities and use them to survive the increasingly deadly environment.

Crafting a story within a racing game has been one of the most enjoyable parts of the development so far. Without spoiling too much, we’re incredibly excited to have you discover the dark mysteries of this world.

For more info about our ongoing development and to sign up for our newsletter simply visit Distance’s website here. If you have any questions let us know in the comments below!

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MaxDiehard 2 December, 2014 @ 3:10 pm   1

Loving the Tron-esqu style of this.

Will you be aiming for 60fps?

solarwind12 2 December, 2014 @ 3:16 pm   2

Nice look, above said what I was looking for , Tron-esq, look forward to seeing finished product got to be 3D capable as well?, not needed but would be ‘interesting’ to see.

 
Shankelstoff 2 December, 2014 @ 3:41 pm   3

I’m usually not that into racing games, but this looks really freaking awesome! It looks like it could be amazing for racing fans and ordinary FPS-n00bs alike 🙂 Well done!

Now we’ll just hope that it turns out as well as it looks right now!

 
alvar123456 2 December, 2014 @ 3:56 pm   4

And psvita version?

 
G33ks1nL0ve 2 December, 2014 @ 3:57 pm   5

I cant wait, looks very promising 😀

 
The_SpinDoctor 2 December, 2014 @ 4:03 pm   6

I backed this on Kickstarter, will you be offering free copies to those who helped make this possible?

 
DoYouLikeMyID 2 December, 2014 @ 4:30 pm   7

Would you guys happen to be the developers from DigiPen that made Nitronic Rush? I remember playing that game a couple of years ago on PC. Nitronic Rush was a really great game, and this game looks even better, so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one! 😀

     
    DJ_K00P33 2 December, 2014 @ 5:17 pm    

    It’s only some of the developers from DigiPen/Nitronic Rush, they kickstarted this almost 2 years ago now, there’s a beta/alpha out there somewhere, think it might even be up on steam greenlight/early access?

     

    Jup, it’ll be on Early acces in about 7 days according to thier FB page and Steam site.
    can’t wait to finnaly get my hands around the DS4 to play this gem of a Kickstarted indie student game.
    Love IT! ^^

 
ghettokid1987 2 December, 2014 @ 7:07 pm   8

WipEout rip-off.

 
ghettokid1987 3 December, 2014 @ 2:30 am   9

Sure.

And this new game is a total rip-off of it.

See for yourself
http://youtu.be/GZ6pvIINrR4

     
    Noisepurge 4 December, 2014 @ 8:42 am    

    haha, i guess you are one of those who still call all FPS games “doomclones”

 

Reminds me of Rush 2049.
Which is a good thing 🙂

 
Chaoskid321 5 December, 2014 @ 1:10 am   11

This game looks amazing! I wonder what the controls would be like for this game. Can’t wait to play this game with my friends!