The Wipeout: Omega Collection is set for release in early June, and should have racing game fans more excited than George Lucas at a ritual burning of the Star Wars Christmas Special. With less than a month until release on June 6 in North America and June 7 in Europe, I thought I’d look at what we know so far.
What do we know so far?
Impressively, the game has already gone Gold before release. There’s a lot of excitement buzzing around this release, and for good reason. It is is slated to feature all the tracks and ships from certain previous games – Wipeout HD, Wipeout HD Fury and Wipeout 2048. This should give old fans a sense of nostalgia while giving the whole thing a welcome graphical and performance overhaul.
This promises to stay faithful to the remastered games, bringing a lot of the old tracks, vehicles and weapons back to the franchise. On the note of nostalgia, fans of the original series will love the limited edition, PS1 style case available at pre-order.
Shiny and New Graphics
The collection will feature shiny new 1080p graphics at 60fps. This ensures the intricate and detailed tracks of previous installments will look better than ever. This polish is evident in the trailers already and I’m sure it’ll great on release.
The same plethora of ships and weapons to use on said tracks will be returning to Wipeout: Omega Collection from the previous games. This ensures a huge selection of ships to tear around the stunningly redesigned levels in.
The soundtrack is always an element that meshes perfectly with gameplay in Wipeout. The sense of speed and scope created by the sound design is integral to the older games. This installment is no different, consisting of the same awesome pounding techno that filled previous games, plus new tracks from Chemical Brothers and Prodigy.
Multiplayer should have huge replay value
Now, no amount of Wipeout hype would be complete without discussing multiplayer. This is the series big draw, racing your friends to set the fastest times, or in some cases, just fall off the track the least. Luckily, bucking an unfortunate recent trend, Wipeout will actually have split screen offline multiplayer! It’s a shame modern games make me excited when something as basic as offline multiplayer exists. But excited, I am.
Wipeout: Omega Collection will also have multiplayer for up to 8 players online. It promises large scale, frantic races across the board. This promises a lot of variety in play and presumably, a lot of longevity as well. Racing games tend to get better with age. The tracks all become familiar and it’s down to individual skill to win.
In a nutshell, while we don’t know a lot about Wipeout so far, there is a lot to be interested in. It promises to match the new with the old. With enough of the new to feel fresh and enough of the old to feel familiar.