As per expectations, WipEout returns as Android / iOS game, but not to the expectations

As per expectations, WipEout returns as Android / iOS game, but not to the expectations

Sony Interactive Entertainment will continue its expansion into games beyond the PlayStation consoles by bringing WipEout to Android and iOS mobile devices early next year. However, it’s not quite the WipEout you and we know and love.

WipeOut is, very quietly, one of the most important video game series to have ever lived, thanks to its role in selling the original PlayStation as something genuinely “cool.” But it’s a franchise that has fallen on hard times of late.

Instead, WipEout Rush is a card game with racing elements. Developed by Rogue Games, the mobile title will be story-lead and seems to be more a management game than a breakneck racer.

You manage a team of racers and supply them with vehicles and weapons: “Merge vehicles to unlock new ones, and merge weapons to equip your drivers with superior firepower,” the studio says under the announcement trailer. “Work your way through the ranks, equipping your team of drivers with the right gear to take down the soon to be former champions.”

As the game is still early in development, there is little else to go on for now. Rogue Games’ founder, Matt Casamassina, told his old employer IGN that the WipEout heritage will be respected, but in refashioned form: “We’re delighted that we could rethink WipEout for mobile with some fun new play mechanics and gorgeous visuals.

“We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because – although different – we’re proud to bring the WipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula.”

The things it excelled at—a clarity of visual design, futuristic racing action, quality licensed soundtracks—can now be had everywhere from Mario Kart to Madden, and it has been a very long time since we got a good, new game in the series.

So it was interesting this morning to see the announcement of WipEout Rush, a brand new WipeOut game due in 2022. Anyone hoping for a return to fast-paced, arcade racing action is shit out of luck here, though, because this is a…card-based title that’s coming out on phones.

Don’t say it. The publisher knows what you’re thinking, and is one step ahead of you in the product announcement. It told IGN, “If I want that visceral, immersive, intense racing experience, I’ll find it waiting on PlayStation. But at the same time, we’re delighted that we could rethink wipEout for mobile with some fun new play mechanics and gorgeous visuals.” “We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because—although different—we’re proud to bring the wipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula.”

But I’m also bummed that, in a world where VR headsets exists on PlayStation consoles, this is the first new WipeOut game we’re getting in almost a decade. Ah well! If you really want to play WipeOut on a phone, I’m sure you’re smart enough to work out how to get one of the classics working.

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