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Ubisoft PS Vita Week: Building on a Classic with Lumines Electronic Symphony

James Mielke's Avatar + Posted by James Mielke on Jan 25, 2012 // Producer, Q Entertainment

Lumines Electronic Symphony for PS Vita

In 2005, Lumines was released as the number one-ranked title for the PlayStation Portable, and still holds its place as one of the top five games currently available for the system. Now, we are taking steps to build beyond the PSP classic and bring the best Lumines experience to PlayStation Vita with Lumines Electronic Symphony.

For the newcomers to the series, Lumines Electronic Symphony is a music-puzzle game that merges vivid colors and shapes with the intoxicating beats of an electronica soundtrack. It’s easy to play for five minutes, but you’ll tend to find yourself entranced for hours. Here are a few ways that Q Entertainment and Ubisoft are working to create an amazing experience that takes full advantage of the PS Vita hardware:

Lumines Electronic Symphony for PS VitaLumines Electronic Symphony for PS Vita

· Updated graphics and highly integrated sound. Let’s kick this off with saying that Lumines Electronic Symphony is a brand new game. We are now using animated 3D blocks instead of 2D sprites, which allow us to integrate dynamic lighting and animations mechanics. Along with our high quality graphics, we have tailored the audio in our game to be highly integrated with music and game sounds.

· Alternative control methods. We are taking big strides in terms of accessibility of Lumines Electronic Symphony. The game will support the front touch screen controls to move and rotate blocks. This will be perfect for new comers to the series. For those focused on boosting their scores, Lumines Electronic Symphony also supports analog and d-pad controls.

· A new XP system. In previous Lumines titles, a player unlocked skins based on their ability to successfully reach that skin. This meant that there was a potential that some players did not see certain skins. However, in Lumines Electronic Symphony, we have integrated an XP system. Now all the points that a player receives in a session are converted into XP, so as you level up, you will unlock additional skins and avatars.

· New avatars and abilities. Speaking of avatars, we have revamped our avatar system. Previously, the avatar was nothing more than a visual representation of the player. Now, each avatar has a single player and multiplayer ability mapped to them. Unlock more avatars and find the abilities that best suit your style of play.

Lumines Electronic Symphony for PS Vita

That’s a quick breakdown of the key features that you will find in Lumines Electronic Symphony. We’ll have more information on Lumines coming soon, so keep your eyes on the PlayStation.Blog. Look for Lumines Electronic Symphony to hit the PlayStation Vita on February 14th — just in time for the First Edition Bundle!

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+ Silvercube on January 27th, 2012 at 4:45 am said:

I’m buying a Vita for Lumines. Day one purchase for me!

Played the series for hundreds and hundreds of hours.


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+ Nightshade_Zero on January 27th, 2012 at 10:14 pm said:

Can we expect Genki Rockets on the soundtrack? Make.Believe maybe??


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+ tifosiotaku on January 30th, 2012 at 10:02 pm said:

James, are you ever going to unblock me from Twitter? If you do, I’ll buy your game and stop the snarking.


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+ dyragon on January 31st, 2012 at 8:13 pm said:

HI BIG FAN OF LUMINES GAMES I GOT all of them n was really excited to hear that there is a new one coming out for it :) also i have a question on the new lumines..

WILL THERE BE MORE SKINS THAN THE PASS LUMINES GAMES or will we be seeing some of the previous skins or be like DLC content like the rockin holiday pack or etc?


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+ GameGuppy on February 3rd, 2012 at 8:02 pm said:

I’ve never played a music-puzzle game before, but the combination of those two sound interesting. I was skeptical about whether or not I should get this title, but after hearing about the World Blocks mode, I think I’m definitely sold on this game! Look forward to it.


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