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SkyDrift Hits PSN, Own the Skies


Balazs Horvath's Avatar Posted by on Sep 07, 2011 // Designer / Director of Publishing, Digital Reality

Skydrift for PS3 (PSN)

Skydrift combines the speed and intensity of air racing with the action of vehicular combat, and it just hit PSN! Give it a shot – we think it’s a unique, exciting racing title. In Skydrift, your task is simple: beat your opponents at all costs. You can outmaneuver them on the course, or try to get the upper hand by deploying one of six different power-ups, from missiles and aerial mines to turbo boosts and repair kits. Your opponents will also be gunning for you and trying to take you down by any means necessary, so stay on your toes.

Skydrift for PS3 (PSN)Skydrift for PS3 (PSN)

When developing the tracks for the game, we wanted to create courses that would be both visually compelling and offer players unique challenges. The exotic locations in Skydrift include a tropical paradise, a frozen glacial setting, and a sprawling mine area. You can even race some of these tracks in a backward variant for an extra shot of variety. Skydrift also offers up eight different planes, each one controlling differently and catering to a different play style than the others. There are also 32 different skins that players can use to customize their plane, personalizing the experience even more.

One of the things that we hope people notice about Skydrift is the striking graphics engine. We created Skydrift using an all-new graphics engine. Utilizing a smooth framerate, detailed textures, and special lighting effects and motion blur techniques, Skydrift is a great-looking game that rivals and even bests some retail games.

Skydrift for PS3 (PSN)

We built Skydrift to be a fun, pick-up-and-play experience, and we really feel that we accomplished this goal. Skydrift moves fast and plays smoothly, with tight controls and a great graphics engine that rivals a full-blown retail console experience. We’re really proud of what we were able to achieve and can’t wait to finally get the game in your hands. Skydrift will be available for download on the PlayStation Store – give it a shot and let us know what you think!

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+ rafael_martines on September 7th, 2011 at 6:31 am said:

Hmmm the last time I played a “Racing Sky Game” like that was Diddy Kong Racing :D And the grafics looks amazing! :D When? When?


+ KidCommando on September 7th, 2011 at 6:37 am said:

Video or it didn’t happen.


+ U_A_E-SNIPER on September 7th, 2011 at 6:43 am said:

when and how much ? ^^


+ KidCommando on September 7th, 2011 at 6:45 am said:

Looks like a very polished game. I have to assume, since you didn’t mention online multiplayer, that this game doesn’t have it? …or does it?


+ U_A_E-SNIPER on September 7th, 2011 at 6:47 am said:

any word about PAYDAY?


+ JAy1984allday on September 7th, 2011 at 6:51 am said:



+ MaxxAmmo on September 7th, 2011 at 7:02 am said:

Looks like there’s a demo on the PS store, looks good, will d/l and try it out!

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+ Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 7:10 am said:

Hello everyone,

it has 8 player online multiplayer, so be prepared :).
The price is $15, and it is available as of today…!

The treaser trailer:

And further gameplay footage in the launch trailer:

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+ KidCommando on September 7th, 2011 at 7:43 am said:

Thanks for the comment Balazs.

Glad to hear there IS online multiplayer.

Appreciate it!


+ Chuckbait on September 7th, 2011 at 8:38 am said:

How about Move support? No move support, I assume.

Diddy Kong Racing was pretty cool back in the day.

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+ Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 8:41 am said:

no Move support, that’s true. we loved Diddy Kong Racing, too :)



+ voyte4 on September 7th, 2011 at 8:41 am said:

Another game released on PSN and no info before it comes out and you expect people to spend 15 dollars on it. Same as the Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon that came out last week no info before game comes out and then few days later Sony post something on the blog. Developers its Sony that ruins your sales of the game.


+ zech678 on September 7th, 2011 at 8:46 am said:



+ siriusbee on September 7th, 2011 at 9:04 am said:

I felt that some of the pick-ups looked a lot like they did in Blur, a game that I played a lot in the past. Shockwave, Plasma.


+ Burmecian_Rat on September 7th, 2011 at 9:07 am said:

Very good game. I played the demo and liked it. The only thing that turned me off a bit was the lack of traditional joystick controls for the plane. You know, where you roll the plane on the side then push up to turn left or right. As it is I have difficulty pushing both sticks in the same direction to do a knife edge turn without also accidentally pushing up like most other plane games which causes my plane to gain altitude inadvertently. Any chance a patch could add alternate plane controls where left/right on the left stick causes your plane to roll in that direction then you push up/down to actually turn?

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+ Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 9:17 am said:

we do not plan to change the controls, however we aim to deliver additional content later.
it was intentional that the powerups are easily recognizable at first sight.

thanks for the comments,


+ Ratchet426 on September 7th, 2011 at 9:39 am said:

Thanks for the replies – I’ll definitely be checking out the demo for possible purchase!

BTW, any reason why your ‘replies’ are showing up as regular posts and not highlighted in red like replies normally are?


+ SpeedRacer1955 on September 7th, 2011 at 9:39 am said:

The game reminded me of the Red Bull Air Race in Home. Flying through obstacles and collecting power ups etc. I would not be surprised it was developed by the same people and just reskinned to make money. And that is not a bad thing. I like the game very much.

And as far as Move support, the Move control scheme does not lend itself to games like this the PS3 is not a Wii…


+ ARtsIndustries on September 7th, 2011 at 9:43 am said:

3D, eventually?


+ SpeedRacer1955 on September 7th, 2011 at 9:43 am said:

Ratchet426 I think the game is free to Plus subscribers.


+ Burmecian_Rat on September 7th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

Sixaxis motion controls would’ve worked though. Red Baron Arcade is a joy to fly with those.


+ GT-420 on September 7th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Thank you mucho for the demo, all games should put one out. Will definitely try it out.

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+ Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 10:39 am said:

Dear all,

as I combine more answers into one post, I am not using “reply” as it would be misleading :)

The team is different than the one created Red Bull Air Race.

The full game is not free for Plus subscribers, but the demo is there for all to try!

Cheers, Balazs


+ lisatsunami on September 7th, 2011 at 10:53 am said:

@Balazs: my eye/hand coordination isn’t good enough for these kinds of games, but I’m rating you a five because I really appreciate devs who care enough to answer our questions. Best of luck to you.

I agree with the earlier poster that, in general, Sony does not adequately promote games, neither first or third party.

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    + Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 11:43 am said:

    thanks :) keep your eyes open for our other titles, we have aplenty :)


+ crowsticky1234 on September 7th, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

Looking at the pictures and the graphics looks amazing, I’m speechless. No wonder your called “Digital Reality”.


+ Rooskie007 on September 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

Hmmm.. cant they make a Sony Blog page within the PSN Store.. as to easily streaming the viewing/previews/reviews on games like this that would go unnoticed if i didnt check this site everyone once and a while… Cant wait to check it out at home
Any chance for some 3D support?

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    + Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm said:

    We have no plans to add 3D support to this title.
    Cheers, Balazs


+ IIITRU3M4STAIII on September 7th, 2011 at 2:56 pm said:

Looks good gotta go try the demo


+ scorpio182 on September 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm said:

Looks good will try demo….


+ RidleysBox on September 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm said:

Reminds me a lot of the first few episodes of Last Exile. Classic looking planes in a low ground aerial race.


+ devilmosh on September 7th, 2011 at 11:11 pm said:

I grabbed the demo right away, just haven’t had a chance to jump on it yet. When it was mentioned the other day here on the blog, I looked it up on YouTube and loved what I saw! Plus, the attention given to questions here is top-notch professionalism. Good luck with everything!


+ devilmosh on September 7th, 2011 at 11:30 pm said:

Okay, I just played the demo. Fantastic! The graphics are gorgeous and the gameplay is addictive. Also, I had no trouble at all getting used to the controls. Very smooth. I’m definitely getting this.

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+ Balazs Horvath on September 7th, 2011 at 11:47 pm said:

Thank you all for the kind comments. Glad you like the game! :)


+ Erlaxis on September 10th, 2011 at 10:40 am said:

Looks awesome! Downloading the demo!

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