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.
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.
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.
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.” Seven Years With Destiny
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- WipeOut Rush is a new game for iOS and Android phones that will be released soon
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