Sony: Wipeout HD still on track

SCEE claims futuristic racer delayed due to various improvements, rather than health concerns over epilepsy.

Sony Computer Entertainment showcased a range of first-party games at its E3 2008 press conference, including Killzone 2, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, and God of War III, but many Sony fans were left wondering why Studio Liverpool's Wipeout HD wasn't on display.

In an interview with Eurogamer, SCE Europe head David Reeves stated a specific technical problem as the reason for the game's delay, but he failed to go into details. A few days later, CVG reported that Sony's upcoming PlayStation Network racer had been delayed due to concerns over the game's risk of inducing epileptic seizures.

The publisher has since offered a different reason for the delay, citing various improvements as the real cause. In a statement issued today to GameSpot UK, a spokesman stated that "the reason for the delay of Wipeout HD on PS3 has been due to the many improvements we have been making and the numerous features we've added to the game. These include: eight reverse tracks, four extra ships, two alternative HUDs, two-player offline split-screen, and XMB [Xross Media Bar] Trophy support. We look forward to sharing Wipeout HD with you very soon."

Although SCEE didn't specifically deny that the first-party game may trigger seizures in those playing it, the spokesperson concluded by saying that "regarding the speculation about health issues, we can assure you that we take consumer safety very seriously and monitor it very carefully."

Wipeout is now expected to be released toward the end of this year.

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Scott_1990
Scott_1990

cant wait for this game, loved the orignals

lamprey263
lamprey263

WipeOut was a very cool game when it first came out back on the original PS1, 'cause then we'd seen nothing like it. Plus, has anyone ever seen Hackers, remember the seen when they're playing that game where Jonny Lee Miller beats Angelina Jolie's score, that was using an original concept video of WipeOut. Sorry for getting off point, anyhow... so I thought WipeOut XL was the best in the series, and it also had the best soundtrack out of all of them. Though, I was hoping WipeOut Fusion would be good and was rather disappointed. The series just needs to be revamped to be better these days. This series definetely needs some change for the better and hopefully WipeOut HD isn't just a remake of the previous WipeOut games in a higher resolution. Anyhow, I'm excited that this is coming out, mainly 'cause we've been lacking a decent hover/combat racer for a while, though, Microsoft's Quantum Redshift on the original Xbox was probably the last best thing to come out, and that was a $5 bargin bin game that despite being under most peoples' radars was actually pretty good.

itwiz90
itwiz90

I want then to take their time and do it right. At least they did the testing and caught the discrepancies.

R-Force
R-Force

Sigh. I was really, REALLY hoping to being playing Wipeout HD this summer. Why I appreciate any improvements they may make to the game, I'd much rather be playing it right now, during my holidays!

Tebbit
Tebbit

Yay! Soon.... The last real Wipeout game for me was Wip3out, I never liked Fusion, and while Pure and Pulse are very very good, they just don't match the coolness of being on a big tv. Whens Wipeout 5 coming out!?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Too bad Wipeout HD wasn't a launch title. I always think of it as an early Killer App for the PSone.

DavidCK
DavidCK

Maybe they've added a new devastating weapon. When triggered, every player's screen flashes colors and lights like mad.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

raverrozza lol 'it be like a challenge finish the race before foaming at the mouth' bit offensive but funny haha

raverrozza
raverrozza

B-boy i have no idea what you just said. I hope it does iduce eppileptic fits. itll be like a challenge. finish the race before falling to the floor foaming at the mouth. PS if anyone wants a good giggle. read B-boys reviews!lol!

B-boy
B-boy

once againg delay againg When going to release this game in yeay 2011

gnbfd
gnbfd

At least Sony tells people exactly why they delay a game. Nintendo needs to learn how to do that. And as long as I can get this game by Christmas, I'll be okay.

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

but doesnt it say that on the game box about triggering seizures and other medical problems.. wow k.....

imayellowfellow
imayellowfellow

well this isn't that uncommon of a thing (regarding the seizures and epiliepsy concern) every video game manual has a warning in it that the game may cause seizures to people sensitive to flashing lights

Prinze
Prinze

Seems to me like the delay has good intentions.

lostboy85
lostboy85

At least they told us what was going on (in a way.) Wipeout HD is going to be huge.

jcasanova
jcasanova

I have played all Wipeout games and always end needing more!! I wish Wipeout HD could include all tracks from other games as downloadable content (of course free add-ons would be better)!!

Rebelyell7
Rebelyell7

this game is so bad ass that if you aren't tough enough to play it, it will try and kill you

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Wipeout lives up to its name, it will be sure wipeing out the competitions.

runstalker
runstalker

It's going to be all killer, no filler. 1080p / 60 fps next-gen Wipeout with original team members on one of the system's most advanced engines.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

this Wipeout HD is going to be amazing,I can easily see this game becoming one of the biggest download sales the PS store will ever have,can't wait to play this.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wipeout HD is SO awesome that it induces seizures!

chickenfeed9
chickenfeed9

i had completely forgotten about this. good game though.

djtriple_r_r_r
djtriple_r_r_r

Brought Fatal Inertia... Isn't THAT bad but def not that amazing either... Just really wanted that type of racing game... I think this is what I've been looking for... CAN'T WAIT!

SnowFarmer
SnowFarmer

"How do they test for this? Do they put an epileptic person in front of the TV for an hour and waits until they have a seizure?" There is probably machine that counts the number of flashes, the brightness and timing of the flashes and then compares it with guidelines. Much safer, but no where near as lulz worthy as testing on a real person.

Chaos_Bladez
Chaos_Bladez

How do they test for this? Do they put an epileptic person in front of the TV for an hour and waits until they have a seizure? :( That would be bad. More time for improvements I guess.

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

Awesome, WipeOut XL is my 2nd favorite racer ever behind Midnight Club 3 Remix.

ctg867
ctg867

Too bad it got delayed, but it's good news at the end of the day. They're adding more overall content to the game, they're adding split screen to the game (which is basically a fan disservice if they didn't do it), and they're adding trophy support, which is also some real good news. As a side note, along with Wipeout, first party stuff like Buzz Quiz TV, Crash Commando, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm 2, NBA 09, PixelJunk Eden, Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic, Resistance 2, and Socom: Confrontation will be getting trophies. Third party stuff like Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bionic Commando, Bioshock, Borderlands, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli, MK vs. DC Universe, Project Origin, and Rock Band 2 will be getting trophies Finally, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Burnout Paradise, Novastrike, Pain, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and Warhawk will all be receiving trophies through a patch.

ledgic_13
ledgic_13

been playin wipeout since 1997, i was 13. im still hooked to this day, and i play wipeout fusion from time to time. cant wait for this to come out, its lookin hella fast, beaufiful... i hope its a solid long game... and like Tremblay343 said, this is going to be the game to play while high

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

This game must be off the chains for it to be something health threatening, i can't wait!! I don't care about the delays, just deliver on the game full force when it releases!!

dmish82
dmish82

Now THAT would be an intense racer!

hbxclo
hbxclo

Must be pretty intense if the gameplay runs the risk of giving epileptic seizures.... I am looking forward to this though. I've been a fan of the wipeout series since the original on the PSX, and I must say wipeout 2 still holds its own as a solid game even by today's standards. The presentation of the series has always been top-notch, and although the graphics may be dated, I don't think any other futuristic racer has been able to capture the 'feel' of the wipeout series. I definitely can't wait to see how this plays out with modern graphics, HD resolutions, and hopefully, even faster gameplay.

9-Jack-9
9-Jack-9

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Tremblay343
Tremblay343

So this game might induce epileptic seizures eh, sounds like a game i should be playing after a certain herb

lextexrex
lextexrex

"Sony's upcoming PlayStation Network racer had been delayed due to concerns over the game's risk of inducing epileptic seizures." Please Sony, we'll take care of that. Heh heh heh... Reminds me of that time there was that Pokemon show in Japan that sent thousands of children to the hospital.

ronnoc10
ronnoc10

To bad giving people epileptic seizures would be badass. In a, 'I'm that fast' short of way, having a seizure would really suck.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

nice PSS getting good games its had gt5, warhawk, now its got siren and this and socom can't wait. well done.

tribboom
tribboom

i wonder if the developers of the first wipeout game knew we would be waiting in anticipation for the game so many years later lol

Egg99
Egg99

2 player splitscreen and online? Yes please.

playmemike01
playmemike01

This game will slaughter the pretty poor Fatal Inertia. Very disappointed it's been delayed as this will definately be a highlight on the PS3's year.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

wipeout HD with trophy support? so glad i didn't buy fatal inertia. can't wait for this.

mattcake
mattcake

I think we are all used to waiting for Sony by now :)

OneWingedAngeI
OneWingedAngeI

god i wish this would come out! i will give them some leeway for adding split screen offline play. that will be sweet. im still dying for this game though, i havent played wipeout since the first one.

Miss_Wacy
Miss_Wacy

one of the psn titles im lookin forward to this year, now itl have trophies haha :D

TristanH12
TristanH12

I cant wait, I might actually get it once it comes.

jasper061992
jasper061992

Glad to hear its still on track for release.