Earlier today during the dark hours of the Australian morning when only the Kookaburras should be awake, Sony were off doing their thing at their now annual PlayStation Experience event in Anaheim, California. While the presentation was chock-a-block full of tasty reveals and pretty trailers, there was one announcement that spoke to me; a game whose iterations of yore played a salient role in my gaming initiation. No it wasn’t that jort-sporting marsupial that had everyone in raptures, instead it was another game whose PlayStation debut occurred on the original PS1. We’re talking about WipEout (article title gave it away didn’t it?), the high-octane, futuristic jet-craft racer from Psygnosis (later known as Studio Liverpool – RIP) – an IP that has been criminally absent from PlayStation consoles for far too long. Well the wait is finally over with PlayStation announcing that three of its finest WipEout games (WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048) would be remastered and bundled together for PS4 owners as the WipEout Omega Collection. While this revelation was met with elation from yours truly, I scorn the decision to not include what I consider the greatest WipEout game of all time, WipEout 2097 (in fact I am listening to the soundtrack now).
Like a fine wine
However, at this point I’ll take any WipEout game I can get, and the three games included are still stellar titles.
The Omega Collection will include the following modes and features:
- Zone, Tournament, Speed Lap, Time Trial, and Single Race from HD
- Zone Battle, Eliminator, and Detonator from Fury
- Career Mode from 2048
- 26 unique tracks and 46 unique ship models
- 4K visuals
- An all-new soundtrack including some classics for that nostalgia factor
WipEout Omega Collection has been slated for a summer 2017 US release – meaning winter 2017 AUS, and the only question that remains is: Do I need to use a cheat code to get the Piranha ship?
You can watch the announcement trailer below: