Posted

Windjammers Arrives 29th August on PS4, PS Vita

An arcade classic returns with online play and an eye on esports

Hi guys, I’m Arnaud De Sousa from DotEmu. Today I’m thrilled to announce that Windjammers, the best arcade fighting frisbee game ever made, arrives 29th August on PS4 and PS Vita!

It’s been a few moons since we announced the game at PlayStation Experience. We know you guys have been eagerly awaiting the release date, and we’re happy to finally announce it!

As gamers and retro lovers ourselves, Windjammers is a legendary title that we at DotEmu hold dear to our hearts. So of course we wanted to deliver the optimum experience. This meant not rushing things, taking our time, and doing it right.

“But how did you do that?”

That’s a great question — thanks for asking!

Get the Community Involved

Windjammers is a straightforward game: two buttons, two characters, and a frisbee. That’s it. In pure arcade tradition, you only need 30 seconds to understand what’s happening on-screen. Add an amazing, authentic 90’s vibe (Windjammers debuted in 1994 on SNK’s Neo Geo — it doesn’t get more authentic than that) and you have a crazy, gorgeous game.

Windjammers

Doing super throws in Windjammers is easy and way too exciting

But just like every great game, this simplicity masks a deeper complexity. Similar to Street Fighter, Windjammers is one of those rare titles where a combination of skill, experience, and strategy is essential for victory. And as a competitive fighting game player myself (play Third Strike, it’s a good game), it was obvious and mandatory that Windjammers France, the French Windjammers community, had to be part of the development process. I mean, these guys are masters of their craft, so we had to give them what they wanted: an arcade-perfect port. And with their help, we pulled it off.

Get the Players Involved

Another great thing about Windjammers is that anybody can play and reap instantaneous fun. We knew the original game had that power, but what about our version and our network play? And what about our online ranking and matchmaking system?

To ensure we made the right decisions and the best choices, we hosted a closed beta exclusively on PS4 and got the player community involved. The beta ran from 8th June to 12th June, and more than 40,000 beta keys were distributed worldwide. This was a first for us and it wasn’t easy, but we knew it was important. We were confident that by using GGPO for our netcode and adding some improvements, the online play would run smoothly. But what about the rest?

Windjammers Fangamer Merch

Official Windjammers merch flying your way 29th August via Fangamer

Thanks to you, the community, we received tons of feedback regarding bugs and issues, and also the ergonomy, menus, and matchmaking system. You also provided many useful ideas regarding the general gaming experience. Most importantly, your comments confirmed that we’d captured the fun, immersive experience of the original.

What was also clear from your feedback is just how essential esports is to your expectations for the game. As an arcade and multiplayer game, we knew that Windjammers already had that built-in competitiveness, but you confirmed that it’s more than that. It’s also a fun and engaging game to play, not just for the the French Windjammers community and pro players, but for everybody.

Windjammers

Windjammers Moment #37

So what’s next? Esports baby! But first we’re taking a chill pill and concentrating on the release. Windjammers arrives 29th August, but we already have plans for updates and improvements. We want Windjammers to live forever and want the community to dig it more and more everyday. We’ll do our best to help you guys keep rockin’ it like a hurricane, because if you’re having fun, we’re pretty sure Windjammers will be a hit.

Let the jamming begin!

What did you think about this story?
Log in to comment
8 Comments
2 Author replies
Carnivius_Prime 17 July, 2017 @ 17:19
1

Aw man. Summer will be mostly over by then. I wanted to play it nooow (well, months ago when originally mentioned to be coming out on PS4). :P But yeah I’ll likely buy. Used to love this game.

Arnaud De Sousa 17 July, 2017 @ 17:33
1.1

Hey Carnivius_Prime, Arnaud here.

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!

We know how you feel, but we didn’t want to rush things and we decided to take our time to bring you guys the best windjamming experience possible. And still, winter may be coming, but you’ll always be hot playing Windjammers. ;)

Carnivius_Prime 18 July, 2017 @ 15:59
1.2

I’m always hot anyways. Is a medical condition and why I have to stick to the shade and carry a lot of water if I go out in the sun. In winter I’m fine in t-shirt and shorts most days. :P Damn i wanna play this game now. I mean technically i caaaaaan…. but i mean officially. And on my PS4. And find me some online players to challenge me. :D

Can’t wait. But need a physical release. If only there was a company called Limited Run Games

Hey! That’s a very good news and I can’t wait to play it on my PS Vita.

Any info regarding PSTV compatibility? That would be awesome! Thanks :)

Carnivius_Prime 18 July, 2017 @ 07:32
4

oh frick i didn’t even notice it said Vita as well. Got so used to stuff NOT coming to Vita. Hell yeah this game will be very suited to the lovely portable.

Also… there was a PS4 beta and I didn’t get in? :O

Arnaud De Sousa 18 July, 2017 @ 17:33
4.1

Vita and cross-buy. ;)

Carnivius_Prime 18 July, 2017 @ 22:28
4.2

Crossbuy has been one of my favourite gaming terms ever! Get me the home version and the portable version in one purchase? Oh hell yes.

Will it also have cross-play? :O

DrakeFromParis 20 July, 2017 @ 19:39
6

Hello Arnaud and thank you for this announcement.

I can’t wait to play Windjammers on my PS Vita and on my PS4 with my friends !!!

Would you please confirm these infos and answer my questions below :

. cross-buy PS4/Vita : yes (as you already answered previously)

. cross-play PS4/Vita : no (source: Twitter)

. PS TV compatibility : no (too bad, source: Twitter) => Maybe later with a patch ? With multiple controllers and just one PS TV, like TowerFall Ascension, Spelunky, Niddhog, Badlands ? Or with one controler and other Vitas in local ad hoc or online ?

. PS4 multiplayer : solo, same couch multiplayer, online multiplayer

. PS Vita multiplayer : information not available => Will there be local ad hoc multiplayer on Vita ? Will there be online multiplayer on Vita ?

Thank you by advance for your reply !

Edit history