WipeOut Rush announced, coming soon to iOS and Android phones
Annihilate is, very gently, one of the most important video game series to ever live thanks to its role in selling the original PlayStation as something really “cool”, but it’s a franchise that’s been having a hard time lately.
The things he excelled at – visual design clarity, futuristic racing action, quality licensed soundtracks – can now be obtained anywhere, from Mario kart To Crazy, and it was a very It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good new game in the series.
So it was interesting this morning to see the announcement of WipEout Rush, a brand new Annihilate Game slated for 2022. Anyone hoping for a return to the fast-paced arcade racing action is out of luck here, as this is a… card-based title coming out on phones.
Do not say it. The publisher knows what you are thinking and is one step ahead of you when announcing the product, story IGN “If I want this visceral, immersive and intense racing experience, I’ll find it waiting on PlayStation. But at the same time, we’re excited to be able to redesign wipEout for mobile with fun new game mechanics and gorgeous visuals.
“We hope fans come to this with an open mind because, while different, we are proud to put the wipEout franchise back at the center with a fresh take on the formula.”
Here is the trailer:
Hmm. Removing everything that made the series great and turning its visuals into a cel-shaded comic using cards to do stuff is definitely a “new take on the formula”, and to be honest I’m interested in checking that out just to see how the map system actually works.
But I’m also disappointed that, in a world where VR headsets exist on PlayStation consoles, this is the first new Annihilate game that we are getting in almost a decade. Well! If you really want to play Annihilate on a phone I’m sure you’re smart enough to figure out how to make one of the classics work.