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WipEout HD Update Racing to PSN

Daimion Pinnock's Avatar Posted by Daimion Pinnock on Apr 07, 2009 // Producer, SCEA

New WipEout HD features

Hi everybody! I’m excited to bring to you news of an awesome update for WipEout HD. And perhaps the best news is you don’t have to wait long for it. Tomorrow, April 8, 2009, the V1.30 free update for WipEout HD will be available for download. The update will introduce a selection of new multiplayer features to the legendary anti-gravity racer. Check out the full details below.

Online Ranking

With over 50 ranks to progress through, there will be a new edge to online racing in WipEout HD. Your finishing position, speed class and the rank of your opponents will determine how many ranking points you are awarded as you strive to go from a Wipeout Trainee to a Wipeout Legend!

WipEout HD online ranks

Podium Screen & Online Badges

  • A new podium screen will now display the top three finishers after each online race or tournament.
  • Regardless of whether you finish in the Top Three or not, every player has the chance of being awarded an ‘online badge’ in recognition of how they performed in the race.
  • There are 33 badges in total, examples of which are displayed here.

WipEout HD online badges

Connect easily with your friends

Game invites have now been introduced to WipEout HD to make it easy for you to invite your friends to join your game or for them to invite you! In addition, you will also be informed of any friends with an active online game and have the ability to join that game instantly!

Watch races in progress

If a race has started before you have had chance to join it, Spectator mode will allow you to watch that race. Within spectator mode, you can choose from four camera angles and select which ship to watch.

After the race has been completed, you will be taken back to the lobby with the other players so you can compete with them in the next race.

New WipEout HD features

Additional Options

Lastly, to provide more variety when setting up an online race, WipEout HD has added a few additional options:

  • HUD Weapon Hints on/off.
  • Opponents – Choose to create a Public, Friends-only or Invite-only game.
  • Barrel Rolls on/off
  • Pilot Assist Allowed on/off
  • Number of laps (max 20)

We hope you enjoy these new features. And it you haven’t played WipEout HD in a while, now is a good time! We’ll see you online.

UPDATE: It has come to our attention that some players have encountered freezing during game loading. We have recognized this issue, have fixed it and apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you enjoy the new features that come with this update.

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+ Blkant on April 7th, 2009 at 10:24 am said:

Not to be a bummer, but this game is too hard :'(

Also will there be any DLC? PLEASE!

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    + Daimion Pinnock on April 7th, 2009 at 2:24 pm said:

    Please watch this space for a future update with regards to the Wipeout Franchise!! ;o)


+ cfashacar on April 7th, 2009 at 10:24 am said:

great news, now ill have to consider a purchase


+ StalkingSilence on April 7th, 2009 at 10:28 am said:

Wow – these will make going for more trophies much more enjoyable online. I haven’t really cracked into those. Thanks for the continued support!


+ haran_elessar on April 7th, 2009 at 10:29 am said:

Great! I was about to play this game again since now I have some free time…I love this game and now I’ll more of a reason to play it online.

Every PS3 owner should buy this game. It’s really great and fun. Great graphics, gameplay, sound and music. It has a very high replay value…and once you reach the higher classes each race is super exciting…firing that missile close to the finish line and hitting that boost pad to reach first…things like this happen all the time later on in the game and I love this game for that.


+ Bloody_Marcel on April 7th, 2009 at 10:29 am said:

Is the invite system “in-game” or via XMB (like Resident Evil 5)?

I guess I’ll get my answer tomorrow lol


+ DeathroW22 on April 7th, 2009 at 10:31 am said:

Home launching would be great. This game is amazing, it is a shame it died off online – hopefully this update brings it back to life :)


+ Sekoku on April 7th, 2009 at 10:32 am said:

That’s great and all, but will it LET ME CONNECT TO THE ONLINE SERVERS!? 1.20 BROKE my connection to the servers to where I could not CONNECT AT ALL after trying for hours.

“There was a problem connecting. Please try again!”

WTF? I wasn’t logged in, because I couldn’t even see a race!

Apparently, this is a problem with wifi-connections? Despite the fact that I never had a problem with 1.00 Wipeout HD online?

Fix it, or I’m not touching the game.


+ lakaiHIGH on April 7th, 2009 at 10:34 am said:

this gives me more reason to go back and get that platinum for this game. gosh but some of these are sickeningly hard!!!



+ Moosehole on April 7th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

Very cool stuff here… Unexpected updates that we don’t have to wait long for are always the best kind.

I’ll be checking this out tomorrow for sure.


+ Arcturian on April 7th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Could you drop us an update where you don’t have to hold X the whole time? My button’s steadily losing its sensitivity. :(

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    + Daimion Pinnock on April 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm said:

    Have you tried changing your button config, so that X is no longer used to accelerate?


+ remanutd5 on April 7th, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

great update


+ Kittens323 on April 7th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

Hurray for Wipeout HD support! Great damn game!


+ marcindpol on April 7th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

great thanks!


+ HanSolo on April 7th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

thnak you sony, i love this game!!


+ nummerfjorten on April 7th, 2009 at 10:55 am said:

Exactly what this game needs. Thank you so much for this amazing update to my favorite game.


+ dongkiru on April 7th, 2009 at 10:58 am said:

When I purchased WipEout HD back when it was first released, I was immediately disappointed in one missing feature: the Eliminator races from WipEout Pulse. Any plans to bring it back to HD?


+ PasteyMF on April 7th, 2009 at 10:59 am said:

Holy cow, Wipeout HD update from left field.

I’ve been waiting for new tracks for a loooong time now, even willing to shell out as much as $20 for a new full set of new tracks. Are you guys working on any DLC? The longevity of the game needs it.


+ RodSquad1167 on April 7th, 2009 at 10:59 am said:

And once again, Sony’s useless new screenshot mode doesn’t make it into a game update.


+ zombie9 on April 7th, 2009 at 11:01 am said:

Great Game. Some of the hardest trophy’s you will ever earn are in this game. Getting a 100% complete in trophys is not easy. But still one of the best racing games on PS3..


+ BlackLemonade on April 7th, 2009 at 11:02 am said:

Thanks for the update, though I was really hoping for some tweak on the FREAKISH difficulty of the game. Later stages just feel cheap.


+ Zookey on April 7th, 2009 at 11:08 am said:

Sugoi Yo!


+ Zookey on April 7th, 2009 at 11:09 am said:

@39 check your facts, WipeOut HD already supports taking screen prints–oh and tone down the vinegar a bit it makes you look trollish.


+ sandymac on April 7th, 2009 at 11:10 am said:

When are we going to get the version with the 3D support I’ve read about that was demoed at GDC?


+ isolatebody on April 7th, 2009 at 11:16 am said:

A reason for me to start playing this game again.


+ Shakh on April 7th, 2009 at 11:18 am said:

<3 Wipeout.


+ Kookyoo on April 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am said:

This update looks very usefull. Invites were a necessity, thanks a lot for this.

Did the badges link to trophies ?

Can we hope new content (new tracks) in a near future ?


+ Capt-Fury- on April 7th, 2009 at 11:24 am said:

awesome cant wait to jump online again


+ Enforcer_X on April 7th, 2009 at 11:24 am said:

I have to get back to playing this game!

@39 If it’s useless what are you crying about?


+ Manic_Craven on April 7th, 2009 at 11:25 am said:

It would be nice if there were some new tracks.


+ Wip3ou7pure on April 7th, 2009 at 11:25 am said:



+ Jezer29 on April 7th, 2009 at 11:26 am said:

Nice update.. This should get me back on. need those trophies.


+ D34DL1N3R on April 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am said:

Wonderful! Back to playing this again after an extended break.



+ Neil on April 7th, 2009 at 11:36 am said:

1) The Wipeout HD Soundtrack needs to be available through the PS Store.

2) I love this game even though I don’t normally like racing games.


+ GGCAN on April 7th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

Thanks for the heads up Daimion.

A really good game has just become better.

Keep up the great work !


+ nickjd331 on April 7th, 2009 at 11:46 am said:

Very impressive update. I hope this brings back people to the online. There is never many people there lately.


+ Kren420 on April 7th, 2009 at 11:49 am said:

wow i need to buy this game looks sweet!


+ NoLaws on April 7th, 2009 at 11:57 am said:


GJ guys


+ bravo9zero on April 7th, 2009 at 11:58 am said:

This Is awesome, Good Job!
Wipeout HD Just got even better.


+ Thrasher20 on April 7th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

I remember this game came out last year and said I was getting it first day but I never got it :( I played it though and I like it a lot. I need to pick this one up!


+ zeeZ on April 7th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

I think I just came a little


+ gor1llap1mp on April 7th, 2009 at 12:16 pm said:

Any word on new tracks, perhaps some never released in the STATES(hint: PURE PAL) tracks or modes?


+ FE_RR on April 7th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

best PSN game ever, 19.99 a full game with 3 updates ’till date all for free, you have my money when you release tracks and vehicles packs!


+ LN_MEXWARRIOR on April 7th, 2009 at 12:22 pm said:

This is a great update! Keep me going back for more with the ranking system and in-game invites!

Are you guys planning on bringing any DLC content like tracks and new ships?

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    + Daimion Pinnock on April 7th, 2009 at 3:01 pm said:

    While this update does not include new tracks, you should look out for a future update regarding the Wipeout Franchise!


+ Enigma777 on April 7th, 2009 at 12:26 pm said:

Awesome! I was just playing it last night and thinking that it would be nice if we get a new update! You guys seriously rock! Now there will hopefully be more players online.


+ MazzingerZ on April 7th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

GREAT UPDATE! Thanks for keeping supporting this amazing game!

I didn’t see game invites coming! thank you for listening to the online community.


+ Grigori on April 7th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

Sorry, but despite my passion to this game (Platinum trophy included), I won’t even bother to download it. Without real additional content (tracks, modes and new trophies!) this patch is nothing but waste of time. I hope theres something bigger behind it, otherwise most people will by very disappointed.


+ MazzingerZ on April 7th, 2009 at 12:29 pm said:

Grigori, after getting that Platinum trophy(!!) I can understand you are a little tired of Wipeout HD…I would actually recommend for your the sake of you health not to play it anymore LOL


+ Gumbydunzeeto on April 7th, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

I’ll buy it when there’s a disc version.

Disc version please!


+ sNsKid on April 7th, 2009 at 12:41 pm said:

Great update.


+ TakiFuGu on April 7th, 2009 at 12:51 pm said:

Guess better late then never!

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