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Can You Survive the Distance on PS4?

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Jordan Hemenway's Avatar Posted by on Dec 02, 2014 // Developer, Refract

Hi there! My name is Jordan Hemenway and I’m one of the developers at Refract, a Seattle-based indie studio. I’m excited to finally unveil that we’re bringing our survival racer Distance to PS4 in 2015, and you’ll be able to play it at PlayStation Experience this weekend!

Distance is what we’re calling a survival racing game. It takes the intense action of arcade racing and places it in an explorable, atmospheric world. The environments are mysterious and deadly with treacherous obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, you’ll be trying to survive from point A to point B.

Fortunately you control a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly. Instead of being constrained to the track, you can break away at any point and find your own path. You can even drive upside down or on buildings and walls parkour-style if you like.

Multiplayer takes this to the next level. To overtake your opponents you’ll have to use all of the car’s abilities at your disposal. For example, in Sprint mode it’s a quick dash to the finish with the goal being the fastest time. As you boost, your car’s core systems will begin to overheat, so to maintain the fastest speed you’ll have to land tricks (like backflips or barrel rolls) to stay cool.

In Reverse Tag mode you want to remain “it” for as long as possible. As other players start closing in you might want to scale a building for a quick escape, or dive bomb from a high point to use gravity to your advantage. Using car rotation to transition out of flight might be the best way to keep your momentum and stay in the lead.

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The world has a mysterious history, and as you explore you’ll be able to uncover pieces of its past. Adventure mode takes you through a short story where you incrementally earn each of the car’s abilities and use them to survive the increasingly deadly environment.

Crafting a story within a racing game has been one of the most enjoyable parts of the development so far. Without spoiling too much, we’re incredibly excited to have you discover the dark mysteries of this world.

All of us at Refract hope to see you at PlayStation Experience! For more info about our ongoing development and to sign up for our newsletter simply visit Distance’s website here. If you have any questions let us know in the comments below!

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+ testbrit on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:05 am said:

Looks awesome. Kind of like Wipeout but with more modes.


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+ EndRant on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 am said:

Looks cool, you guys should make a new wipeout, try to get sony to do it with you guys.


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+ MakoSOLIDER on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:13 am said:

This game looks cool! I’m interested. The gif helped!


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+ Trendy_Kid on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:17 am said:

That trailer was sick. #Hype!


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+ Wayndawind on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:17 am said:

Holy flying car flips, this looks walnuts. Any 3D? That would be insane.


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+ Enforcer_X on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:34 am said:

I helped back this game on Kickstarter, AWESOME news!


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+ KazeEternal on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:35 am said:

This looks oddly familiar… was this at GDC or a University game originally?


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    + Jordan Hemenway on December 2nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm said:

    Yep! Distance is a spiritual successor to a student game we developed at DigiPen Institute of Technology called Nitronic Rush.


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+ MakoSoul on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:09 am said:

This game has potential. Don’t mess it up!


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+ oDEATHRAGEo on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 am said:

The video only showed 2 player split screen, but is 4 player local a possibility? Looks like Rumble Racing in the world of Tron.


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+ markedman54 on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 am said:

Vita port possible?


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+ janusfilmsfan on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:18 am said:

Looks realllllly goooooood.


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+ Superstone on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:20 am said:

Looks good. Would be a good title for the Vita.


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+ Henagata on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:30 am said:

This game has all the best parts of Rush 2049 and goes the extra mile with them.
I am super hyped. Cant wait.


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+ giu-canever-br on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:40 am said:

Looks good ! I, particularly, love that little “on-purpose-bugs” in futuristic games like these. Looking forwart to it ! Any chance of being on PS+ ?


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+ CodeSe7en on December 2nd, 2014 at 8:42 am said:

WHEN in 2015??


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+ livingwithoutyou on December 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 am said:

Are you the same person who made Nitronic Rush!


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    + Jordan Hemenway on December 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 pm said:

    We did! It was a student game we developed while attending DigiPen a few years back. We had way too much fun working on that project so we decided to create Distance as a re-imagined spiritual successor.


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+ orangedrink518 on December 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 am said:

wow. this game looks fantastic! need a futuristic race to fill my wipeout void.


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+ HeavyD-Love on December 2nd, 2014 at 9:12 am said:

Reminds me, I wish they’d make a new Wipeout game for PS4…


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+ iscerming on December 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 am said:

Hell yeeeahhhh!


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+ LumiaGamer on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 am said:

very interesting concept, will definitely keep an eye on this one!


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+ Ricen-Beans on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

Looks good. Would like to see more.

Please work on the sense of speed tho.


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+ drpepperdude100 on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 am said:

Yep this definitely is Nitronic Rush but with more features. Can’t wait to play it!


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+ clearskyyXx on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

I loved Nitronic Rush!
This game looks amazing! super excited!


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+ noodleking1987 on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:36 am said:

Very very interested in this, I do love a game thats different, just hope sony allow us to save music to the hdd as I can’t copy music to usb as there is cd rights.


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+ PenguinActual on December 2nd, 2014 at 12:45 pm said:

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


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+ Gobbluth19 on December 2nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm said:

Fantastic! Nitronic Rush is one of the most fun games I’ve played ever. I actually tweeted you guys and Sony months and months back to try and make sure this came out on PS4. Any chance of it coming to Vita as well? Or Maybe the original Nitronic Rush?


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+ PanTheMan16 on December 2nd, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

This looks and sounds amazing, and you guys certainly did a great job on the trailer. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this one.


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+ maxabillion100 on December 2nd, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

nice right


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+ plaztiksyke on December 2nd, 2014 at 3:38 pm said:

1080p stereo 3D support?


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+ KGH on December 2nd, 2014 at 5:53 pm said:

Guess this as close to a Rollcage reboot as i’m gonna get. Looks like the Hotwheels game i’ve always wanted!


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+ thegodofgreen on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:09 pm said:

i liked Nitronic Rush im sure this is going to be fun


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+ ZombieRollz on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:24 pm said:

Holy crap this looks good!


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+ Nuurgle on December 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 pm said:

I really hope you guys are able to release this with the current “no HUD” look from the trailers. I love the innovative ways you’ve put the info needed into the cars and have always hated the clutter on screen if it can be avoided.


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+ PanTheMan16 on December 3rd, 2014 at 6:08 am said:

@29:NO


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+ colef10 on December 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 am said:

Sounds really cool. Can’t wait to play it.


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+ Fiber74 on December 9th, 2014 at 11:48 pm said:

The game looks absolutely fantastic!

It would be nice if there was some vehicle interaction between competitors though. From what I have seen it looks as if the vehicles just pass through each other.


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