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BloodRayne: Betrayal for PSN – All the Bloody Details

Sean Velasco's Avatar Posted by Sean Velasco on Sep 02, 2011 // Designer and Director, WayForward Technologies

We’ve been working ridiculously hard on BloodRayne: Betrayal for quite some time now and I can’t tell you how stoked I am to tell you that it’s launching next week, on September 6th, as part of the annual PSN PLAY promotion.

For those of you who might not know, WayForward has been working on a full-on 2D re-imagining of the iconic BloodRayne franchise. BloodRayne: Betrayal is all about deep and varied combat, tough-as-nails platforming, smooth and fluid animations, and of course, buckets and buckets of blood! We’ve previously been fortunate enough to work with the game’s publisher, Majesco, on A Boy and His Blob. It was a great experience, so when they approached us with the opportunity to reboot BloodRayne, we jumped at it! With the power of the PS3 behind us, we have crafted our first HD side-scrolling game, and it looks frickin’ amazing! We’ve combined a rich fluid dynamic system that allows for superbly splattery blood, unique screen-distorting refraction effects for all of Rayne’s slicing and dicing, tons of layers of background parallax, and literally thousands of frames of character animations to make one of the prettiest digital HD games you’ll ever play.

BloodRayne Betrayal for PS3

Popular elements have returned from the original titles, such as the Brimstone Society and Rayne’s evil father Kagan. The vampire-hunting Brimstone Society has been updated to resemble a sort of inefficient SWAT team, and Kagan is much more theatrical and dangerous. Overall, we wanted to retain the sexy, campy flavor of the original games, but add some more style, sophistication, and excellent gameplay to the mix. When the classical metal soundtrack swells as everything slows down to better show the explosions of blood and viscera, you’ll know you are playing something special.

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With tons of vicious and devastating moves to unleash, it wouldn’t be right if Rayne didn’t have a host of baddies to unleash them upon. You’ll start out honing your hack ‘n slash skills by carving up on legions of Victorian vampire thugs, before moving on to bigger, faster and meaner enemies. Plan on facing both quick-moving Wheelers ( twisted monsters complete with long and sharp arm blades) and the juggernaut hammer-wielding Blood Balloons, which are an absolute blast to blow up! As cool as these guys may be, this game has insane boss fights…you’ll get a taste for just how much we turned things up to 11 with the first boss, the mechanical monstrosity Crab Puncher. Just try to sever his limbs whilst riding on his back as he frantically clambers down a bottomless shaft!

We saved the best for last, however; the final boss battle is beyond epic and totally unforgettable…trust us!

BloodRayne: Betrayal launches on PSN next Tuesday, September 6th and we’re thrilled to be included as part of Sony’s new PSN PLAY initiative. Stay tuned for more details and happy vamping!

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+ DarkRecoil on September 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm said:

* could


+ SpyDudeFX on September 2nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm said:

Thanks Sean for ignoring a legitimate question, guess we’ll have to wait to see the exclusive content on Tuesday instead of a few days before.

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    + Sean Velasco on September 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

    The short answer is that I didn’t know! I can answer questions about the game quickly, but marketing is out of my hands. Glad you found your answer though.


+ ERC1980 on September 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am said:


trolls will be trolls

but back on topic

sean will BB have a new game + mode

that would be cool


+ FullMetalGear on September 2nd, 2011 at 9:25 am said:

Pre-ordered already. Didn’t realize this was coming out September 6th, I have Disgaea 4 : A Promise Unforgotten pre-ordered and that will be out the 6th as well. God of War Origins September 13th. Too many games. Either way, looking forward to all of them.

Glad this game is coming out, the image of vampires have been ruined recently by a certain popular film. It’s about time we change that image into something more, tasteful.


+ boxmyth on September 2nd, 2011 at 9:44 am said:

I’m sold on this, and I’d love to see WayForward take on Castlevania. Hyper-detailed 2D gothic metroidvania would be amazing in WayForward’s hands.

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    + Sean Velasco on September 2nd, 2011 at 11:39 am said:

    Everyone who agrees with this, e-mail Konami and tell them immediately!


+ Conaaando on September 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am said:

It looks pretty good, I’m definitely getting this one.


+ errloco on September 2nd, 2011 at 10:24 am said:

You finally post a great article that convinces me to pre-order, but the game is no longer available?! Another article stated that this game “will be available to pre-order through September 1, 2011”. What a tease! Very unfortunate. Game looks fun I was willing to purchase now before all the game-magazines (and fanboys) started “trolling” this game. I think it will be better business decision for you to extend the pre-order period. Please reconsider.

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