"Lackluster" sales of the brilliant Nex Machina were the icing on the cake for Finnish developer Housemarque - from here on out it will no longer make arcade games.
29th February 2012
13th February 2012
Super Stardust developer Housemarque's recent PS4 opus Resogun was described by many as a modern update to Eugene Jarvis' 1981 arcade game Defender. And now the developer is working with Jarvis himself on its next game.
The Super Stardust spiritual successor is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, developer Housemarque has announced.
Finnish developer Housemarque, which also made Dead Nation and Outland, is hard at work on the game as we speak.
Housemarque boss Ilari Kuittinen said: "We are super excited to be working on Sony's next-gen hardware. The platform's performances are enabling us to do things that wouldn't be possible otherwise and we truly believe that better technology can lead to better gameplay. The more tools and resources we have at our disposal, the better.
Fire and ice. Move and shoot. Life and death. Super Stardust Delta is a game about absolutes. It isn't concerned with grey areas or depth, but this score-attack twin-stick shooter uses its simplicity to its advantage.
As was the case with previous Super Stardust titles, you control a ship orbiting a spherical force field surrounding a planet. Hazardous asteroids made of fire and ice rain down from above, and it's your job to melt and shatter mother nature's wayward minerals and rack up a high score in the process.
The colour-coded opposition is only vulnerable to one of your two main weapons, so you fight fire with fire and ice with ice. (Shouldn't that be the other way around?) Fans of Super Stardust HD will notice that the generic grey third variant of rock and its counter beam have been excised, but this only streamlines the action and makes weapon switching much more instinctive. This is a clear binary language that becomes second nature in all of two seconds.
"It's a gamer's game."
Sony has confirmed the UK pricing for first-party digital-only PlayStation Vita games.
Five games have been readied for digital release by Sony in time for Vita's 22nd February launch.
Here's the list and price:
Stellar gaming heading to the PSP2.