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Introducing RESOGUN, the New PS4 Exclusive from the Super Stardust Team

Mikael Haveri's Avatar + Posted by Mikael Haveri on Aug 20, 2013 // Housemarque

Hiya PlayStation.Blog. We are a team of game developers from a company called Housemarque, based in Helsinki, Finland. You might have heard of us before, especially if you’re a PlayStation enthusiast: do Dead Nation, Super Stardust HD or Super Stardust Delta ring any bells?

Our first PlayStation 4 title has been in development for a while now, and getting ready for the next gen debut has been an exciting ride.

Working on the Stardust franchise over the years has been both a challenge and a privilege, but if anything it deepened our love for shoot ‘em ups. Gameplay-centric games have a really special place in our hearts, and we try to keep our core audience in mind with each and every new title.

RESOGUN, our new exclusive PS4 game, adds a twist to the shooter genre, and while being very much a “spiritual successor” to the Stardust series, it doesn’t shy away from remixing ideas and influences of classic arcade titles such as Defender, Data Storm, or Japanese shmups like DoDonPachi and Death Smiles.

RESOGUN is an intense, fast-pace shooter that expands our love for the genre and represents a sort of culmination of all our expertise, both technical and gameplay-related. The cylindrical gameplay is closer to old school 2D shooters, and one interesting side effect of that is that the world has gravity now. You actually expect things to fall down, there are ground enemies… these elements completely change the playfield compared to the Stardust series.

That was the original idea, we stuck to that, and it proved to be the right thing to do.

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If you were wondering if this is a traditional twin stick shooter… the answer is “no”. We did experiment with this but soon found that adding the horizontal-only constraint for the ship arsenal created a better gameplay experience.

It’s not all destroying everything that moves though. On top of shooting down the enemy forces players get to rescue small dudes trapped by the invading alien swarm: freeing them will release power ups and shields, and that adds a lot of strategy to the game. There will also be a bunch of different ships, co-op multiplayer, plus a ton of things that we can’t really talk about just yet.

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Still, all details shall be revealed in good time. For the time being, we are very glad to be able to show off what’s been under wraps for the past few months.

Despite its core focus, RESOGUN is a fun, vivid and an accessible game all around – the perfect example of “easy to pick up but hard to master”. We are deeply convinced it will bring back memories of the good old arcade-destroying days, and it will do it in Full HD and at 60 frames per second, all while you shatter the game world cube by cube.

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23 Comments

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+ Talesgirl016 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

When is this game coming out is it this year?


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+ KidCommando on August 20th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

SSHD was one of my first purchases from the PSN store and still to this day one of my favorites.

Looking forward to this…. why no video though??


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+ nsnsmj on August 20th, 2013 at 11:51 am said:

Looks amazing.


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+ Darnell0216 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am said:

So glad this is a PS+ on PS4 launch inclusion alongside DriveClub!


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+ NYPUNK88 on August 20th, 2013 at 12:01 pm said:

I’m loving it. Wow!


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+ imboi on August 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm said:

vita port plus cross buy/play please


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+ Elvick_ on August 20th, 2013 at 12:25 pm said:

Was sad over no Super Stardust, but this looks sweet. So it’s okay.


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+ RedHotRidingHood on August 20th, 2013 at 12:30 pm said:

Thank you for making such fun games these last few years. Stardust and Delta along with Dead Nation are very well made games and I look forward to each Housemarque release.


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+ xClayMeow on August 20th, 2013 at 12:58 pm said:

Why isn’t this coming to Vita?


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+ gusty81 on August 20th, 2013 at 1:03 pm said:

They mentioned in the press conference today that this would be added to the IGC at the PS4′s launch. Can you confirm that this is the case for NA as well, or is that only for Europe?


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+ luvtoseek on August 20th, 2013 at 1:05 pm said:

Derp! Housemarque? I have no doubt this will be in my PS4 hard drive… ^_^


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+ AizawaYuuichi on August 20th, 2013 at 1:50 pm said:

Why no mention of Outland? Because it was published by Ubi? It was still an amazing game, imho.

Anywho, this looks like tons of fun. I honestly hope it’s not included in PS+ in the US, because I want to be able to purchase it to show my support of you guys. You deserve it. Not a single misstep so far. Just awesome game after awesome game. Can’t wait!


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+ Kchow23 on August 20th, 2013 at 4:38 pm said:

Game looks amazing!!!


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+ plaztiksyke on August 20th, 2013 at 4:52 pm said:

Looks really amazing. My husband and I love playing Super Stardust co-op with 3D. Will this game also support 3D?

We also loved Blast Factor, and a big part of that was its amazing surround sound audio and its dynamic range. Will this game have 24-bit/lossless audio on PS4?


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+ OmegaSpear on August 20th, 2013 at 7:33 pm said:

That’s a buy for me!


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+ PrimeroIncognito on August 20th, 2013 at 7:50 pm said:

I’m down.


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+ Pabloo1010 on August 20th, 2013 at 10:59 pm said:

Housemarque is a world-class studio. I’m so lucky to have Housemarque’s games exclusive to my platform of choice, playstation.


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+ D-Squad3 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:40 pm said:

Yay exclusive!


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+ MartB64 on August 21st, 2013 at 5:32 am said:

3D support? Please for the love of god say yes!


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+ tbx59 on August 21st, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

Is this confirmed for both EU and NA ps+


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+ Welmosca on August 21st, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

Damn PS4?…not good………….spiritual successor to Stardust?…I hope you guys dont abandon Stardust….I wanna know if you guys are aware that you created the best PSN game ever…yes Stardust HD is beyond awesome….Dead Nation is nice too and also you guys are top notch when it comes to soundtrack.Coming from you guys I know Resogun will be great.Housemarque is for sure one of the best devs out there.


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+ ieatwaxoffcards on September 1st, 2013 at 11:36 pm said:

I was wondering is this going to be in 3d ?


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+ ieatwaxoffcards on September 1st, 2013 at 11:39 pm said:

This game looks sick i really hope its in 3d .


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