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WipEout HD Approaching, Dust Off the Trophy Case

Karl Jones's Avatar Posted by Designer, WipEout HD

Well, it’s been a while, but WipEout HD is almost out the studio door and on the virtual shelves of the PSN. What started life as a simple port has grown into a full-fledged game in its own right, with an extensive list of features. One of the things we’re very happy to support is PSN Trophies, 37 of them to be exact (well, 38 including Platinum)… and that’s what I’m going to talk a bit about today.

WipEout HD

Internally, we decided to ensure our trophies covered four main areas – game progression, stat milestones, novelty and skill. You’ll notice these categories reflected in the actual visual look of the trophies themselves, as and when you earn them. There’s are good mix of stuff you’ll earn naturally (through playing ‘normally’), and some bespoke stuff you might have to set some time aside for. For example, you may never have thought of playing Zone Mode with just airbrakes up to Zone 50, but that’s what you’ll have to do if you want the silver ‘Airbreaker’ Trophy in your collection. Then there’s another type of trophy, which falls kind of between those two areas, like the gold ‘Beat Zico’ trophy.

Actually, I’ll go off on a little tangent here.

WipEout HD

A few of us in the team had a long running competition with a very specific ruleset – Anulpha Pass/Forwards/Speed Lap/Venom/Pirahna. We were setting some impressive times. Every now and then someone would find a new tactic, a new line to take through a corner or another barrel roll opportunity, and shave a fraction of a second off the fastest time. We think we’ve found the optimal route now, so it’s all about a flawless execution of that line. We spent a lot of time on this competition, so we decided to make a trophy out of it. When it came to submitting the lap time, Zico Liu (one of our programmers) was top of the table, so he got the naming rights. Obtaining the gold ‘Beat Zico’ trophy is no easy task, so best of luck. Zico has since beaten his own time, and so has Stephen Taylor (another of our programmers), but like I say to them, Time Trials and Speed Laps are like punching a bag – nobody’s hitting you back. Online is where the big boys play, and I’m sure they’ll agree that that’s MY world. In fact I’d like to take this opportunity to trash talk some of our team – Ste, Zico, Tony, Col/s, Ian, Gaz, Matt/s, Sandy, James – I OWN you all.

I won’t go on about specifics and spoil them for you (although I’m sure the internet will do that given enough time), so I’ll leave it there. To summarize, WipEout HD has trophies. There’s one platinum, some gold, more silver and lots of bronze. There’s a good range of difficulty ranging from very easy to damn hard. I take my hat off to anybody that earns themselves the platinum ‘Transcendence’ trophy any time soon.

WipEout HD is available on 09/25 for $19.99. The team are very proud of this game and are just as happy as the fans to see this benchmark title finally get onto the PLAYSTATION Store. Oh, and don’t let the price tag fool you, WipEout HD is no run of the mill port. I can assure you that the PSN bar has been well and truly raised.

Thanks for your all your support and patience, it’ll be worth it.

3, 2, 1 – GO!

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TheHater said:

September 23rd, 9:55 am

Well it look like I will be buying a 50 dollar psn card this tomorrow just for this game :)

SantanaClaus89 said:

September 23rd, 9:57 am

SWEET! Can’t wait till Thursday with both this game and Mega Man 9 coming!

hostes said:

September 23rd, 9:57 am

omg i am looking forward to this game! will be great

http://www.playstationliga.de

kaako said:

September 23rd, 9:59 am

My monies is yours Sony! I cannot resist the sexy beautiful power of Wipeout HD.

IF the game sell really well, you guys should definitely do more quality HD remakes.

ftwrthtx said:

September 23rd, 10:01 am

Will this game work with remote play?

D1rk-Knight said:

September 23rd, 10:02 am

Day one purchase for me. :)

AceGamer said:

September 23rd, 10:05 am

I’ve never played a Wipeout game, and I’m very interested in playing this one. My only question: will there be a demo for the game?

As much as I want to play this game, I’m not just going to drop $20 on something I’ve never played before.

depward said:

September 23rd, 10:06 am

Can’t wait for Thurs :)

Shanie said:

September 23rd, 10:08 am

Only two days left to go! *is in love*

The only thing that’s missing from Wipeout HD is the ship skin creator. Please add it in as a update feature later on… Unless it’s hard to put that into this game due to it being in HD…?

Eitherway, this will be my favouite pass time for a long time, great job Karl Jones and all at Studio Liverpool! :)

BIG-SLUG said:

September 23rd, 10:09 am

This looks awesome! Platinum you say? I might be playing this game a little more then I thought….

kingv84 said:

September 23rd, 10:12 am

I am so excited for thursday! I been waiting a long time for a wipeout game for PS3 since its launch. Thanks Sony! My business is yours on thursday!

nmc75 said:

September 23rd, 10:12 am

Sounds great! Always been a fan of the Wipeout series.

MiC-NL said:

September 23rd, 10:12 am

SWEET MOTHER OF JEHOVA, YES, YES, YES!

This is my defining Playstation title. A PSN title you say? Yes. But we all know PSN is more then just some small arcade games. Full fletched digital distributed retail games are easily found and WipEout HD is definitly the best example only with an insane budget price.

Why didn’t you guys make it 30$? Affraid of earning too much money? :D Nah i’m just playing. It’s great, thanks for this amazing title, can’t wait!!

Silurus said:

September 23rd, 10:13 am

With this and Burnout Trophies on Thursday it is going to be sweet.

FDPfrankie said:

September 23rd, 10:16 am

Is it Thursday yet!!!!

Ghostm said:

September 23rd, 10:17 am

Sweeter than candy! Thursday is going to be wicked. The game has everything I want. Custom in-game music, Trophies at a great price.

How big is the download?

omarkh92 said:

September 23rd, 10:17 am

Sounds good looking forward to playing it! specially in HD !!
haha I cant wait to get all the trophies for it too.
thanks !

CHRP718 said:

September 23rd, 10:17 am

WipEout HD is going to be awesome.
Please update the PSN Store early.

XxBigP123xX said:

September 23rd, 10:17 am

I had the mone in my wallet all ready for this.

Then my Ps3 breaks :,(

Davitr0n said:

September 23rd, 10:18 am

Can’t wait to get this. Haven’t played Wipeout in a long time, and I am feeling the need for speed!

Lloytron said:

September 23rd, 10:18 am

Why is there nothing on here mentioning the LBP beta that I’m downloading right now?!

EvoAnubis said:

September 23rd, 10:18 am

Trust me, Karl; I’m on it.

Morphine16 said:

September 23rd, 10:18 am

Thanks Karl, will game on day 1

seph1r0th00 said:

September 23rd, 10:19 am

Day one purchase! See you all online!

Ghostm said:

September 23rd, 10:19 am

@14 Silurus

Burnout Trophies are coming this Thursday? OMG!!! Are you sure about this?

Silurus said:

September 23rd, 10:23 am

@25 Ghostm

Thats the word on PS3Fanboy.Com

Burnout PSN release and trophy patch.

SpookyJuice said:

September 23rd, 10:24 am

Will it feature Voice Chat for online play?

theownerz said:

September 23rd, 10:24 am

wow a platinum trophy cool i might go for it

whoelse said:

September 23rd, 10:24 am

Well worth the money.

Ghostm said:

September 23rd, 10:29 am

OMG dude, it’s an early christmas. BOOOOOYAAA!

EvoAnubis said:

September 23rd, 10:30 am

@21: The more interesting question is why does Eurogamer have LBP beta invites to hand out, but the Official PlayStation.Blog doesn’t?

No Home beta, no LBP beta…….I’m not feeling the love here.

StalkingSilence said:

September 23rd, 10:31 am

Linking to the PS3 trophy list for WipEout HD seems a little counterintuitive.

IceCold said:

September 23rd, 10:34 am

Day one purchase for me! Brings back memories. =]

Trieloth said:

September 23rd, 10:40 am

*throws hands in the air..Yes Yes Yes, the wait is almost OVER!!

lazedk said:

September 23rd, 10:44 am

YES!!!! And yes Burnout Trophies are comming! Look at the post regarding the PSN download version of Burnout on this blog

Brownber said:

September 23rd, 10:45 am

Awesome-day one purchase, no doubt about it!

I just hope that WipeOut (the PS1 launch title one!) plays a little bit like this, as playing that has been my only means of practising to help me suck a little bit less at HD!

ps360 said:

September 23rd, 10:48 am

Sony needs to renew all it’s licenses to whip out the official “WipeOut Music Pak” for this.
Imagine all the music from previous games on one disc that can be used with WipeOut HD. My neigbor will not be happy, nor get any sleep.

until then… I will ask my friend, Mr. Torrent…

Are YOU a firestarter?

sublimentality said:

September 23rd, 10:50 am

Does the platinum trophy increase your psn level at all? The last platinum I got I expected to see a big jump but my level didnt increase one bit. Is it just more of a status symbol or is there actual ”XP points” assigned to it?

spats said:

September 23rd, 10:52 am

Always loved wipeouts, day one purchase!

FeaturePreacher said:

September 23rd, 10:54 am

How many equalizers will zone mode have? In other words, will zone mode look like the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ozKumr7VHA

FeaturePreacher said:

September 23rd, 11:02 am

If the zone mode in the version of Wipeout HD that will be released Thursday 9/25 will not be like the one here,

http://www.video.dpadmagazine.com/2008/09/11/wipeout-hd-previewfinal-build-comparison/

,will it be patched to look like this soon? I know about the epilepsy tests, but isn’t this what disclaimers are for? Just say you could get an epileptic seizure and if you do, you’ve been warned so it’s your own fault.

skaterricky said:

September 23rd, 11:05 am

Can’t Wait to get my Hands on it!

Will have to set aside some money just for this game :D

Whats Next in what games you will be rolling out in the future??

I myself Think we need a Revamped ROLLCAGE!

That game was fun and it would be a Well Great game to play online and the Graphics Would be really Great to get in 1080p ;)

Hope you take my Idea.. and id like to have a name of Credit for it :D

Thanks Ricky,

Neil said:

September 23rd, 11:14 am

You guys should do a post mortem on this game. I’d love to read the story on how this game started out as a simple PSN stop gap to a full on game.

Xenophon said:

September 23rd, 11:24 am

Oh man… so much need. And in such an absurdly busy week, too. Between an exam, concert, and presentation, THIS comes out. Might need to wait until the weekend so I don’t self destruct in 1080 HD glory.

Scodo_Thope said:

September 23rd, 11:27 am

Nice!

My first Wipeout in HD!

I can’t wait!

:P

gorillapimp said:

September 23rd, 11:40 am

karl,

can we expect downloadable map packs, like the omega packs for wipeout pure? i live in the states and really wanted to play these designer tracks but, of course, were only for the european market. will pay for omega! thanks, and congrats on the game, it looks absolutely stunning!

SDkngsht said:

September 23rd, 11:45 am

@ #7

i hear you. a demo would be cool. but trust me…if it’s Wipeout…in HD…on the PS3…there’s no need to question it. it’s a day one purchase.

HaVoK_08 said:

September 23rd, 11:48 am

I’ve had my money waiting for this moment for a loonnggg time. I used to pride myself on my wipeout skills back in the day, and to return is going to be magnificent. I am looking forward to having some challenging trophy hunts and would like to further echo the thoughts of many fans across the globe, THANK YOU. Phantom class FTW

jbat17 said:

September 23rd, 11:49 am

the origianl PS1 WO was awesome, and i loved WO Pure and Pulse on the psp. WO HD is a must buy for me..

question: can i unlock trophies in easy mode? no, i’m not a newb. i’m just curious.

GGCAN said:

September 23rd, 11:50 am

Thanks Karl.

Everyone I know is talking about this game and says it’s a definate.

I just hope those servers are gonna be working fine when all of us start downloading this game at the same time….

Think it will definately be a good seller.

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