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Rez Infinite is a PS VR launch game – ltd. ed. soundtrack, book, shirts revealed

Tetsuya Mizuguchi classic returns on 13th October

I’ve talked before about the reasons I decided to resurrect Rez for our upcoming PS4 game Rez Infinite: the chance to remaster everything to razor-sharp, 1080p fidelity and crisp 3D audio; to add new content in the form of Area X (more news on that soon!); and especially to give PlayStation VR owners the bonus option to play the game like never before.

But another big reason I wanted to revisit Rez is maybe the simplest: the original game is really hard to find!

There’s no easy way to find and play any version of Rez currently – and no way at all on any of the current gaming systems. So while I’m super proud that, over the last 15 years, Rez’s fan community has grown along with its reputation, as more and more players have discovered its integration of graphic design, sound, and shooting action, at the same time I regret that fewer and fewer people have any way to play the game!

All that will change on 13th October, when Rez Infinite launches digitally on PlayStation Store. But that’s not all! Today I’m proud to announce something else our fans can look forward to this autumn: a whole new line-up of cool Rez Infinite goods!

As with the game, the original Rez soundtrack, T-shirts, etc. have become harder and harder to find over the years, so we’ve teamed up with the awesome folks at iam8bit to fix that.

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First is our most-requested item: a physical disc version of Rez Infinite for PlayStation 4. It’ll be a limited edition, not sold in stores — only online at iam8bit, with pre-orders starting on 19th August at 5pm BST/6pm CET along with all our goods. (Just keep in mind that we can’t promise that these physical goods will reach players by our launch date, but we’re planning to ship them as close as possible to that date in October!) This physical disc costs a little more than the digital version will, of course, but we hope fans and collectors will agree it’s worth it. I’ll be honest: a big reason we’re doing this is I wanted to have one of these for myself!

But next is what I’m personally most excited for: the vinyl record set. This is why I knew we had to go with iam8bit. Music is an essential part of Rez Infinite, so when they sent a sample of their previous gaming vinyl work up until now, the decision was easy. iam8bit certainly didn’t disappoint on Rez Infinite, either — we were in love with their vision for this from the very first mockups we saw.

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The vinyl record set includes two LPs of music from the original Rez, completely remastered for vinyl, plus an extra bonus 7-inch record featuring music from our new “Area X” content (as I say, more on this very soon, I promise!) There’s even a special limited edition, with prints of the player avatar right on the discs…

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Of course, Rez is about more than just music, so we wanted a place to show off the visual side of the game as well. So, we thought, why not bundle an art book with the vinyl — 48-pages of giant Rez images, along with quotes from the dev team?

And when I say giant pages, I mean GIANT PAGES: the two-page spreads are 24 inches wide (!) and really make an impact. The book is actually sewn into the binding of the vinyl jacket—a totally custom package that iam8bit is creating just for Rez Infinite.

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What started as an idea for a simple art book has evolved into much more — it’s become a retrospective of sorts, from the people who made the original Rez, as well as members of the Rez Infinite team (and some of us who worked on both).

The team at iam8bit, working with author Nick Hurwitch (The Hohokum Almanac, So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel) and designer Cory Schmitz (check the link because there’s too many things to list!) interviewed me and several other members of the original dev team, including art director Katsumi Yokota, programmer Osamu Kodera, artist Jake Kazdal, and Takashi Ishihara, the artist on our new Area X content (did I mention more news on this soon?). What we ended up with was hours and hours of stories about the inspirations behind Rez and its unique development process — stories we all realised were just too good to waste.

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In the same way, we couldn’t help but create a few other items we wanted for ourselves, like this excellent t-shirt design from my friend (and super Rez Infinite supporter) Phil Fish, creator of Fez and the upcoming Superhypercube, plus a couple of cool collectible pins that iam8bit whipped up.

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So? What do you think? Please let me know in the comments (I may not respond since we’re all really busy finishing the game right now, but I’ll be watching). Hopefully all Rez fans will find something here that they like, including those future fans who’ve never played before but will give Rez Infinite a try on PS4 or PSVR starting this fall… all without having to go to eBay or hook up a dusty old Dreamcast to enjoy it!

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Couldn’t give a damn about the PS VR mode (it’s a fad that will bomb yet again) but the vinyl edition with art book, t-shirt and physical edition of Rez? Sign me up. One of the best games ever made and one hopefully many more people will experience now.

Number9dream68 19 August, 2016 @ 09:50
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Oh i think its a lot more than a fad.

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Fad, lol.

No. It’s far beyond 3D Im afraid.

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Every time VR rears it’s head again we’re told it’s far beyond everything we’ve seen before and it’s a lot more than a fad. Every time it’s a tiny bit better and vanishes within twelve months. This will be exactly the same I’m afraid. People just aren’t going to want to stand/sit there looking a plank and groups of people will go off it once the initial hilarity of said person looking a plank quickly wears off. The hardcorest of hardcore will buy it – as always – and then… nothing. VR technology is just nowhere near ready for what will be needed, Morpheus, Oculus Rift and all the rest are just shiny new Christmas toys which will be back in the box come New Years Day. When the tech is really up to scratch it’s going to be amazing, but these current releases are far from it (sadly).

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Jiminy_Cricket 18 August, 2016 @ 19:04
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Long time lurker, first time poster.
I am beyond hyped for this.

When it was first announced at PSX last year, I straight up cried.
Me, a grown ass man, overwhelmed by the sound and sight of orange numbers counting down.

That’s what REZ is to me and PlayStation have gone WELL over my expectations as far as product delivery go.

Thanks to ALL who were involved, right back to UGA in its inception in 1999 to the designers, promoters, coders, producers and every little middle-man/woman in-between.
Love you all!

Maybe I’m missing something, but is there no high-quality (re-)release of the sound track? (meaning: on CD)

Jiminy_Cricket 18 August, 2016 @ 19:57
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There’s no mention of one (yet), but I wouldn’t be surprised if an announcement or PSN download appears closer to the time.
Also, as a current search, a REZ OST will set you back USD$37.92 via Amazon.com
It may contain the same tracklist (minus whatever comes from Area X).

I can’t wait. My favourite dreamcast game! Any chance of a PS4 version of Every Extend Extra in the future?

This has to be the best news ever. I’m camping the iam8bit website tomorrow and thank you so much for making this old man happy.

Gameplay footage: https://youtu.be/nXD79X-JFO8

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This is my #1 most anticipated PS VR launch title. Loved Rez back in the day. And being *inside* that world? God, it’s going to be so beautiful.

Have to say though; not keen on vinyl. I mean, I’d love the retrospective book + OST as MP3s (or other downloadable music) instead.

I think I’ll just get the physical edition. And maybe lvl 1 t-shirt.

Ah, I’m hyped already!

But another big reason I wanted to revisit Rez is maybe the simplest: the original game is really hard to find! There’s no easy way to find and play any version of Rez currently.

My Dreamcast, PS2 and Xbox 360 would all disagree with that statement, also Ebay…

All currently easily playable and highly available versions aside, I’m looking forward to giving you more money and playing it on my PS4. Good luck with it, again!

StevenJamesHyde 19 August, 2016 @ 10:09
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“But another big reason I wanted to revisit Rez is maybe the simplest: the original game is really hard to find!

There’s no easy way to find and play any version of Rez currently”

It is a £6.75 XBLA download

Somebody get me all the yes’ and put them here, Now!

Give iam8bit money? I’d rather not.

Good job the original still looks pretty good when played through the PS3.

Well for one, my Dreamcast isn’t dusty. It sits right next to my Saturn hooked up to an RGBmini, my Wii U and PS4. ;P
That being said, my preorder has been placed and I’ll buy the digital version as soon as it hits PSN as well.
Bring on October!

Awesome, one of my favorite games on the ps2. (Besides zoe and ffx)

The only question is… will our rez usb vibrator still work with this version?? ;) I still have the Japanese version of the game that included it.

Awesome

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