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Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars: Available Today on PSN!

Corey Davis's Avatar + Posted by Corey Davis on Oct 09, 2008 // Programmer, Psyonix Studios

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I’m pleased to announce that Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars will be available today on the PLAYSTATION Network! I can say with some certainty that we are the first Unreal Engine 3 powered physics-based vehicle arena sports game available for PSN and we also might just have set the record for longest game title ever! Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars lets you pick from seven cars and drops you into a high-flying, lightning-fast game of vehicle-based soccer. It also features Trophy support, custom music tracks, and YouTube support for uploading match replays.

We’re really excited about getting online and playing you guys. One thing you might not have read much about is our extensive online feature set. If you’re the competitive type, we have a full-fledged ranking and stats tracking system with scoreboards, and our matching system intelligently groups up players of similar skill to give you the best online experience possible. As your skill improves you can climb up the rankings and compete for the top spots on the scoreboards and maybe even win some prizes – we’ve got some great ideas for tournaments, but more on that in the weeks to come.


If you’re more of a group player, we also have party system in which you can register a team with a unique name and then invite your PSN buddies to join it. You can then play together in ranked team matches and compete for the top spots on the Team scoreboards. We support four player split-screen both locally and online, so if you and three of your buddies want to take on the world with your own team, you can do that too!

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We know how much you guys want more Trophies, so we made sure to include some good ones for you. They’re split between single-player and online and I’ll talk about just a few and how they fit into the game.

Bronze:
Champion – Beat the Tournament Mode
You can acquire this trophy by completing the tournament mode, a single player challenge that pits you against harder and harder groups of bots in Battleball matches. Sometimes you play alone, sometimes you have bots on your side, and sometimes you even have to start the match down a few points!

Hot Shot – Achieve the Most Valuable Player Award in an online ranked match.
After each match, we give out awards based on how each player did. The Most Valuable Player generally does a little bit of everything – scores goals, blocks shots, assists other players’ shots, and maybe even demolishes a few of the opposing team in the process!

Showoff – Score a goal while reversing in an online ranked match
To win this trophy, you’re going to have to learn how to shoot backwards! This can be a real challenge, especially in the competitive online environment, but it’s a lot of fun to try and you can even save your replay and upload it to YouTube!

Silver:
All Star – Earn All the Stars in Single-Player Mode
This trophy is your reward for completing all of our single-player challenges. Whether it’s playing a game with a cardboard box instead of a ball, soaring high through the air to collect floating canisters, or scoring as many goals as possible in a short time, we’ve created a lot of fun challenges that will hone your skills for online ranked play.

Gold:
Striker – Score 500 Goals in Online Ranked Matches
All I can say is this: anyone with this trophy is a Battle-Cars master.

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The last thing I’ll talk about is our replay system. Countless times in development we’d play a match and have something spectacular happen and wish we had an easy way to view it again and share it with friends. This inspired us to create a really powerful replay recording tool that you can use in-game to view, edit, and upload replays to share with other players.

Here’s how it works: After each match you’re given the option to save a replay of the entire game. From our replay manager you can view a list of your saved replays at any time. When you select one, you can choose to simply view it again, export it to YouTube, or export it to the XMB. When viewing or exporting, we give you full control of camera with the ability to focus on the ball or specific players, change angles, or go into slow-motion – just about anything you can think of, you can do it. On top of that, when you’re exporting, we let you record clips however you want so you can do your editing right in-game! Of course, if you prefer, you can just export the whole thing to the XMB and edit it yourself with video editing software.

We also have a forum where you can watch for news on organized tournaments, ask us questions, post links to replays you’ve uploaded, or look for teammates. We’d love for you to check it out if you’re interested.

The game is available today on the PLAYSTATION Network Store for $14.99 and we’re making a demo available today as well, so please give it a try and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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+ zeke2040 on October 10th, 2008 at 11:51 am said:

NOW that’s a NAME for a game…lol well i’ll try out the demo… it look interesting


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+ viprdude on October 10th, 2008 at 12:46 pm said:

Twisted Metal HD is what I want.


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+ ky181 on October 10th, 2008 at 1:17 pm said:

i bought it last night and couldn’t stop playing it this and wipeout hd are the best multiplayer games on psn


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+ Corey Davis on October 10th, 2008 at 2:11 pm said:

All trophy problems should be resolved now, thanks for bearing with us!


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+ jimmyn28 on October 10th, 2008 at 7:23 pm said:

I bought this game last night. Absolutely love it. It is so freakin’ addictive, and it’s fun as Hell online. I played with you earlier this morning, Corey.


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+ Kamahl on October 10th, 2008 at 8:54 pm said:

so i already bought it… just tried it with 2 friends and its one of the best multiplayer games out there, so much fun :D


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+ matt2793 on October 11th, 2008 at 2:48 pm said:

hey corey, i bought it, i love it, but i did an amazing backflip goal yesterday and i tried to save the replay….. nothing happened. when i selected save replay, it gave me an empty black box with 2 arrows.

am i doing something wrong?


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+ Enforcer_X on October 11th, 2008 at 3:34 pm said:

Well now that I have had a chance to play the game I want to say it is a lot of fun. So much fun my hands hurt from playing so much lol

I am really getting pwnd online though!

One quick thing regarding custom music.
Why not use the In-Game XMB Menu for music? I really prefer that opposed to the In Game stuff so I can access the music anytime.

Is it technically not possible with this game or is it something I could bother you guys to patch in? =)

Thanks!


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+ nxp3 on October 13th, 2008 at 5:04 am said:

I downloaded the demo the other day, played it. First thing I noticed was how bad the camera is. The view is like a camera mounted to the back of the car making the car stationary and everything else turns. When you turn the car slightly, the whole screen turns, this makes it very jerky when you’re just trying to make a slight adjustment. Then there’s the jumping. It’s kind of lame how no matter how fast you go, you ust jump straight up, it’s like the laws of momentum and physic has no effect. I mean it’s a game, but just doesn’t look right. All that might be able to get used to I suppose. Online would have been where to potential of this game might be good at, except the demo for online was so short I couldn’t really find out how fun it was, no one even had the chance to score. So I got off, deleted the game. Never to find out how good it could have been.


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+ PullusPardus on October 26th, 2008 at 10:21 am said:

So many great games on the Psn Store, tho the problem is in the middle east we cant buy them =[

Credit card doesn’t work (At all) and there is no Psn Cards

Can you guys do something about it? Sony Fans are like 80% of the population in here


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