E3 2011: WipEout 2048 Hands-On Preview

Sony's Liverpool studio brings the Wipeout series to the NGP in style.

Sony's Studio Liverpool knows its way around a Wipeout game. The UK-based studio has done fantastic work with the series across the PlayStation 3 and PSP. At Sony's recent pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo event in Los Angeles, we got our first look at WipEout 2048, a brand new entry in the series for the upcoming NGP that boasts some slick new features.

Who's Making It: SCE Studio Liverpool, the veteran studio that counts the Wipeout series as one of the highlights of its robust body of work over the past two decades.

What It Looks Like: 2048 pumps out visuals that are easily comparable to the PlayStation 3 entries in the series. The crazy vistas, futuristic cities, twisty tracks, buckets of color, and more neon than 10 Las Vegas cities are all on display in the new game and run at a smooth frame rate.

What You Do: 2048 will challenge players to outrace opponents to win races, earn points, and unlock more content. The game continues Studio Liverpool's winning balance of skillful racing and combat.

How It Plays: The game handles like the previous entries in the series with some new control options that take advantage of the NGP's built-in Sixaxis motion sensors. The game has a familiar, comfortable feel to it that is easy to pick up. Our demo of the game boasted a surprising showcase for an NGP feature we'd like to see more of: true cross-platform play with the PlayStation 3. Besides the single-player demo on the NGP, Studio Liverpool reps demoed on online race between a PlayStation 3 and an NGP unit. The action hummed along seamlessly and impressed us mightily. While reps on hand were a little hazy on specifics, the gist we got was that the feature would work when the game is released and include some kind of patch for the PlayStation 3.

What They Say: SCE Studio Liverpool reps on hand were high on the game, suggesting that it's a full-featured offering that stands as the best yet in the series.

What We Say: The game looked fantastic and was fun to play. We're anxious to see what else the Liverpool crew is cramming into the game. The PS3 cross-play is an interesting and exciting component of the experience. We'll be very curious to see where the team goes with it. Wipeout 2048 is slated to ship around the NGP launch window. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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Wensea10
Wensea10

this games series shoould produce more of their games

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

I am really excited but that second image looks bleh, the building on the right has like two textures and they seem to be made of very simple geometry. In wipeout HD the buildings were very complex and unique looking.

SeanIRL
SeanIRL

Why did they have to take away the name Psygnosis? :(

chyng85
chyng85

It's really cool and futuristic~

raith616
raith616

whooo hoo super sweet, e3 nearly as good as crimbo!

HT89488
HT89488

I loved wipeout on the PS1.

Szeiden
Szeiden

OMG WTFWTF!?!?! Now I need to but a NGP? Wow. A dream come true. Studio Liverpool is back omfg. But does anyone know, is this being made by a completely new team after the unfortunate layoffs at Studio Liverpool? Anyway, I can't believe that this is happening. Why did I buy a PSP? WipEout. Why did I buy a PS3? WipEout. Didn't buy any other games for at least half a year after I got each system haha.

Poncho_Hachacha
Poncho_Hachacha

@ChiefFreeman I thought the 1st one for psp was just alright, but nothing special. The scond one, Wipeot Pulse, was one of the most addicting racers I've played in years. If this new one plays and feels much like Pulse did, I think it'll be worth a try if you're an arcade racing fan.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

looks nice. I still never bought either of the PSP Wipeout games. Are they good?

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Wipeout is still the game I use to show off PS3 graphics to people. And that's what I'll be doing on the NGP!

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

Been playing wipeout since PS1. I'm looking forward to playing this once it's out.

Asim90
Asim90

Wipeout! This looks incredible, NGP is now a confirmed day one purchase from me.

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

yyyyyeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! look at that 3ds!! ngp will have awesome launch titles!!!! 3ds sucks!!!!

benbonney
benbonney

other than maybe the first game, the entire wipeout series has been top

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

SO can't wait for the NGP and with titles like this.......awesome :D:D:D

B-boy
B-boy

wipeout is best racing games

spinks-07
spinks-07

let's be honest here, the only games worth playing are drake, mgs, and MHF3!!!!!

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

This should be if not the best Launch lineup. Bought Wipeout Pure on launch day and will be picking this up on launch day as well! Can't ******* wait!

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

The NGP looks like it's going to have a great launch lineup.

BKGlover
BKGlover

I was wondering if they were ever going to make another Wipeout.

kkee
kkee

Uncharted + Wipeout on launch day = WIN!

athenian29
athenian29

Well, putting it as early as 2048 puts it firmly in the realm of sci-fi, but hey - between this and the portable Uncharted, I just might have a reason to pick up the NGP after all! :D