After the launch of it has become clear that for Epic Games the brand is much more than the battle royale that we all know. We are before a platform that seeks to deliver completely new games, from different genres, to capture the attention of new audiences.
Among the waves of content that the Big Bang left us we have a brand new arcade racing game that integrates into . Its name refers to the fact that this title would be a kind of popular one – developed by the same Psyonix team – in the form of a racing game.
What to expect from this game? We had the opportunity to play it with its developers at an event that Epic Games organized for the media and Here we tell you everything you need to know about .
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seeks resume the game mechanics of in an arcade racing game. The vehicles retain the same bodies, stickers and wheels that we saw in and, in fact, most of the are shared between both games.
In terms of game mechanics, the use of rockets is important both to gain momentum with the turbo, and to float for a few seconds in the air. In this sense, It is a game that relies heavily on verticality in its circuits and by the presence of multiple routes available that you can switch between thanks to your ability to jump and float.
Drifting is also very important, to the point that it is executed automatically. By turning the direction of the vehicle with the lever sharply, the vehicle begins to skid on its own, although if you need it to be executed before that point, you can also trigger it by pressing a button on the control. All vehicles are equally powerful and fast, so Trying to do as many drifts as possible and managing the turbo well is what will make the difference. when looking to win races.
Finally, another hallmark in the gameplay is that Vehicles have the ability to run on walls and ceilings. If while in the air you press the drift button and turn the stick, you can ‘magnetize’ yourself to the surface you point to. This is important, because many times you will find acceleration panels on unconventional routes: hunting these accelerations is key to gaining an advantage over your rivals.
Rugged circuits full of obstacles
It is designed so that you can take advantage of all its mechanics to your advantage. If you have the ability to jump and float, Being on the surface all the time is not an option.
Among the circuits that Psyonix has designed for the game’s ‘Season Zero’ there are many of them that are quite relaxed and simple to learn to play, but also There are other more complex ones that are full of obstacles. You will have to be aware of jumping – or flying – when necessary, as well as changing tracks when it suits your strategy.
In general, the design of the circuits that we tested in our gaming session with the developers It leaves us with quite intricate tracks with very pronounced curves.something that makes sense in a game in which drifting is so important to gain speed, in true .
It was nice to also find some shortcuts. On one of the tracks we tried we discovered that when jumping over a waterfall there was an alternative route that could have given us a slight advantage in catching up with our rivals.
A game that looks very good
Epic Games boasts the flexibility that Unreal Engine 5 has with all the new experiences that are coming to . It is no exception and the game looks very good.
The art direction is not very different from that of , but you can also see the DNA of in many elements of the game. A fairly colorful and striking tone is maintained.
Launch content and future plans
The connection with it is similar to the one it has with Epic Games’ battle royale. QYou can use all the avatar skins for your pilot, as well as a large number of cosmetic elements from to personalize your vehicle. Game progress is also unified with the same Battle Pass.
At the time of its launch, will have 26 circuits designed by Psyonix, in three different ecosystems inspired by the universe of . Like Epic Games’ battle royale, it is expected that there will be constant updates: according to the developers at Psyonix there will be at least one new track designed by them every month.
The plans with the long-term game are ambitious. Among the most interesting is that A circuit editor will be integrated so that users can create and share your own tracks. In addition, new modalities will also be introduced such as the Time Trial that will arrive with everything and global leader boards.
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It feels like an experience that has quite a bit of potential. Revisiting elements that we have seen in other arcade racing games, manages to feel like something fresh and quite original that can attract new audiences to the ecosystem of .
We don’t know if it will achieve the relevance it has achieved, but It leaves us with very good impressions as an experiment that applies the mechanics of to a new arcade racing game which, with the little we’ve tried, feels fresh and fun.