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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.

BloodRayne Betrayal for PS3BloodRayne Betrayal for PS3

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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+ psychoqwirk420 on September 3rd, 2011 at 12:31 pm said:

@46, in addition to what SpyDudeFX said, they also put (in very small wording) somewhere on the icon for the game “Pre-Order until…” or something like that. Freaked me out too when I was getting ready to purchase Street Fighter III


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+ Deathspear666 on September 3rd, 2011 at 12:39 pm said:

@ERC1980..How in the h e l l was what i said trolling??!! tard…


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+ FUTEKI360 on September 4th, 2011 at 5:26 am said:

O_o

Ig…Ig..Iga-san?


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+ Souledge94 on September 4th, 2011 at 2:09 pm said:

How is this connected to the bloodrayne story?


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+ Hekubus on September 4th, 2011 at 6:55 pm said:

Dude, Sony. You have to keep the pre-orders open at least until some major reviews go up. I read IGN’s review and went directly to the PS Store to reserve my advanced digital copy…only to find out it had been taken from the PLAY listings. I guess I’ll just PLAY it when it gets a serious price break (50%-Free) for PS Plus subscribers.


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+ MarinoBrea on September 4th, 2011 at 11:26 pm said:

Ah 2D hardcore action…every 2D classic should get this treatment : Castlevania, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Mega Man X, Shinobi….


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+ Dualmask on September 8th, 2011 at 2:39 pm said:

What I would really love is some insight as to how the graphics were done, especially the character animation. I’m certain the devs don’t want to give away all of their secrets, but something pointing me in the right direction of study would be awesome. I played the Bloodrayne Betrayal demo and I was just enthralled by the beauty of the visuals. I’ve gone to school for game art and design for a bit and all they wanted to do was push 3D Studio Max on us, which is fine, but too many folks act like 3D is the only path to the future of gaming. Seeing this game come out with these amazing visuals in 2011 makes me love video games again. I want to make graphics like THIS in every project I create.

Of course, I’m going to buy it as soon as possible…I love 2D games.


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