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Hello again! It feels great to be back on the PS Blog! Especially now that we’re able to reveal a project that so many people have asked for: a native PS Vita version of our multiple award-winning PS minis game Velocity!

It’s called Velocity Ultra, and it features Trophies, online high scores and a completely overhauled visual style at native PS Vita resolution!

We’re reworking all the art in the game, so the cut scene stills have been recreated at a much higher standard than before.

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We’re also unifying the art style throughout the game by ditching pixel art in favour of an edgy cartoon style.

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The dinky (and rather pathetic) Quarp Jet now looks less dinky (and rather bad-ass)…

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We’re also adding lots of visual effects. Here’s what Velocity Ultra looks like at the moment. Please note this is the game at pre-Alpha, and the PS Vita dev kit seems to be compressing screenshots. The graphics look considerably cleaner when running live on the PS Vita screen.

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The dark shading at each side of the screen focuses the action, whilst explosions illuminate the environment to create a more dramatic experience. The PS Vita is a lot more powerful than the PSP, so we’re able to add these lighting effects whilst still running at a solid 60FPS – just like the original!

The Director’s Cut
You can think of Velocity Ultra as the director’s cut; everything we would have done the first time around if we’d had the budget. Our goal now is to create a perfectly formed piece of interactive art that will do your shiny PS Vita justice!

When?
We don’t have a solid release date yet, but we’re on track to submit to Sony at the beginning of April, so we are guesstimating a release date in May. We are extremely excited!

Is that all you’ve got?
We know that some of you might be a little disappointed, because you were expecting to see a sequel, not an HD rework. Well, don’t be too sad…

Velocity Ultra is a way for us to establish the Velocity franchise with a wider audience, and we’ve got plenty more Velocity in the works.

In fact, we’ve just published a Velocity Sequel Questionnaire to find out what you want to see in a sequel. If you fill it out, you could win a copy of Velocity Ultra!

If you’d like more information more frequently, just subscribe to our website: http://www.futurlab.co.uk and you’ll never miss an update!

We hope you like the look of Velocity Ultra, as we can’t wait to put it in your hands!

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