Rockstar Games serves up Table Tennis

Midnight Club development studio gets back to its gaming roots with Ping-Pong sim; publisher names game's exact date and price.

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In 1972, Nolan Bushnell used cutting-edge technology to create a Ping-Pong simulation. In 2006, Rockstar Games will do the same, as the company today announced that its next title, its first on the Xbox 360, will also be a Ping-Pong simulation.

Rockstar founder and executive producer Sam Houser said the goal with Table Tennis was to make a simple, addictive game that would take advantage of next-gen hardware.

"We wanted to use the power of the new hardware and the resolution of new televisions to give the game an immediacy, an intensity, and a sense of physicality and reality, resulting in a purer, more visceral experience that simply was not possible previously," Houser said in a statement. "It is a distillation of game design philosophy, focusing on removing the traditional areas of compromise inherent in managing size and scope and concentrating the hardware's entire power on one activity, with the aim of doing that better than it's ever been done before."

Developed by Rockstar San Diego (the studio behind the Midnight Club street racing series and the Western shooter Red Dead Revolver), Table Tennis is set to ship to North American retailers for the Xbox 360 on May 22. Bucking the $59.99 pricing trend for 360 games, copies of Table Tennis will go for $39.99.

Discussion

63 comments
rsox07
rsox07

Way to make the table into tennis!!!!!!

CausticBox
CausticBox

Considering the score this game got, yes many of these comments seem very funny.

bduddy_
bduddy_

Hahahaha, these comments are hilarious...

Tarjanian
Tarjanian

Its sad to see a good game developer bow to the public pressure and release such an obviously Safe, Politcally Correct game that will not sell for **** Why can't they release titles that there known for and step up the quality control to ensure hot coffee type code is caught before production? Table tennis (aka Pong 360) deserves to stay in the Acrade section.

vejkis
vejkis

Revolution game anyone? *rolling eyes*

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

Everybody's bashing the game now, but when the reviews come in, I expect most of you to be buying it. I have faith that this game will turn out just fine.

dru26
dru26

Thanks Hillary.

Autolycus
Autolycus

this is freaken sweet. The only people that wouldnt like this game are the poeple that dont have skills to hit a little ball across the table(aka ping pong). its a lot more challeging then it looks...all you judge before experiencers(aka americans)

Tsunamii_basic
Tsunamii_basic

If this is what is in the pipeline then stick a fork in them..

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i'm predicting a new hot coffee mod..... (come on.......rockstar? and table tennis?)

rabidgrizzly
rabidgrizzly

The founder guy sounds like the architect from the matrix, too many big words that dont describe anything. Hes pretty much saying that it will look good,play nicely and be fun. see was that so hard.

pedjan
pedjan

I think this game will be very coooooool:) This is something realy new (not so fresh, but new) in the game industry. Matrix-ping-pong! yeah!

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Can you kill your opponents with your Pong.....Balls

boolow407
boolow407

From GTA to pong....Im curious to see. Maybe R* is trying to be good and lay low for a while. Cant say I blame them.

Kfoss
Kfoss

table tennis?...who the hell is going to spend 50 to 60 bucks for X360 table tennis!!!! ..are..they NUTS!...do they want to loose more money...i guess so!!!..hey guys join me on line for an exciting game of...table tennis.....I hate to tell rockstar....but unless its like 10 bucks...people are not going to buy it...the days of pong are LONG DEAD....it would be better to invest there time making this for a hand held and to spend the rest of there money developing a good original game for the X360.... yea people spend $500 on consoles to experience the jaw dropping fun of TABLE TENNIS!!!!!......there stupidity is beyond astronomical...

NightRain
NightRain

Just Ping-Pong? Yeah right.. i'm sure you'll be able to beat up your opponent with the racket and hang him with the net. And then brake both sides of the table in 2. Yeah, that's gonna be it.

davahsa
davahsa

Will there be hookers and chainsaws?

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

$40 for a table tennis game? It would a rip-off at $10.

animationj
animationj

They should make this a Live Arcade Game, eh? Well, this should be interesting.

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Wow!!! I can't wait for this! This has got to be...wait...Ping-Pong? I thought this was Tic-Tac-Toe: 2006. I'm outta here...

AA7
AA7

Hopefully the government will lay off Rstar on this one, unless its nude table tennis....

brerrabbit23
brerrabbit23

only question... can we still kill hookers?

erikers
erikers

Get the crap out of your eyes, it's $40. Try reading the article

jks22112
jks22112

Ping Pong for $60? Sorry, I'll just buy the real thing.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

Is it April Fool's already? Or do you get to shoot and rob the other player if you win a match?

thefjk
thefjk

Yeah they cant be sued for something like this!

GastaS
GastaS

ping pong is a very fast games, even in real live you cant see the ball. how we going to play this on consoles? lets wait and see. japonese players will love this game for sure!

ahadj
ahadj

i also think this will be ported to revulotion to take advantage of the controller.i think nintendo even showed a basic table tennis type game when they first their showed their controller.Lets hope it is good enough to warrent a port.

paradyme777
paradyme777

I'm still sorta upset about this, but oh well...maybe it'll get stupid Senators *cough* Hillary Clinton *cough* to lay off.

joeamis
joeamis

Great to hear a popular company is doing something original, rather than another sequel, port, or normative game. And it's much different than Pong, think about the game (slices, spins, etc). Best news in a long time. Oh, and the graphics are amazing. And it might use the 360 camera for control and might be ported to the REV with that controller too.

hirushubi2
hirushubi2

im SOLD Seriously i will buy this game.

tremo01
tremo01

OH MY GOD I'M SO EXCITED!!!1111oneone111 :|

kicking222
kicking222

I won't pick up this game (or a 360), but if Rockstar's doing it, then I trust that "Table Tennis" will be a great title, at least for what it's setting out to be.

jjwalker9600
jjwalker9600

I gotta check this out before I judge it.

tidus_swain
tidus_swain

lol, all the sports to make games out of and they chose ping pong...

fat_shark
fat_shark

I'd hate to use some kind of paddle peripheral with this - with no proper force feedback, it'd be like playing Super Glove Ball with the Power Glove. Even if there was some sort of vibration, it'd be nothing like the satisfying "thok" of ball against paddle. That said, it could be an amazing display of physics and paddle control. I could picture an arrangement like left thumbstick for position, right thumbstick for english. I'm really interested to see how it turns out.

ryustruck
ryustruck

*cough first game to get ported from xflop180 to revo cough*

timmy0001
timmy0001

I hope we see a Stiga or Butterfly licensed motion-sensitive paddle...THAT would be innovation.

ArchieGates
ArchieGates

The screenshots over at IGN do look pretty amazing. It's easy just to call this "pong" but the speed of the game could make it a really intense version of Top Spin. It could end up being a lot of fun.