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Pursuit Force, Capital City and Its Infamous Gangs

Chris Whiteside's Avatar Posted by Lead Game Designer from bigBig Studios

By now you might have spotted some reviews for Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice, here, here and here. We are excited to see that reviews editors are enjoying the game!

With PF:EJ hitting stores this Tuesday, January 29th, it’s time to tell you more about Pursuit Force, Capital City and its Infamous Gangs…

Pursuit Force has always been about over-the-top action and larger than life characters, and Extreme Justice is no exception. We knew from the start that we wanted EJ to be bigger, badder and bolder, and our characters are a big part of this. So when we finished Pursuit Force 1 we spent a long time listening to our fan base about which characters and gangs they liked the most, and the majority seemed to go for the Warlords, Convicts and the Killer 66. The first two made it into EJ; we would have loved to see return of the Killer 66 but they didn’t quite fit into the storyline and direction that we wanted to take the new game.

I think the Convicts were popular because they were quite humorous in a psychotic way; they were also like a cross between MacGyver and The A-Team when it came to building their own crazy contraptions. And like the Warlords they had a very clear personality and focus. The Warlords’ main strengths were in their relevance to current affairs, and to some extent their “Kick Ass”, “No retreat No surrender” mantra.

For Pursuit Force EJ we wanted to boil their characters and personality down even more. We wanted to see just how far we could take them, in terms of humor, irony, and psychotic drive.

Players of the first game may remember that Hard Balls (the Convict Boss got run over by his ‘Mad Max’ styled bus) got absolutely hammered by Pursuit Force. He ended up entering prison via a wheel chair and let’s just say he was worse for wear. So we thought it would be cool to have the Convicts go to work on him whilst they were in prison, welding a steel cap to his broken head and steel brace style structures to his crushed limbs. And to top it all off, the guards attached two massive steel balls to his leg to keep him in check. This example encapsulates what we have done with the Convicts; we have focused more on what makes them tick and taken it to the max. So expect to see an even more psychotic, tooled-up and funny band of deranged misfits. And this is an example of how we have turned everything up to 11 in EJ.

We left Pursuit Force 1 on a bit of cliff hanger in regard to the Warlords. We wanted the General to survive but were unsure of how we could bring the gang back the rest of the gang. So we thought about the General’s very patriotic and regimented character and decided that it would be very ironic and fun to have him hire his new gang from Russia. So we went about creating a gang of Cold War mercenaries led by a 5 star US general and having them ship over 1990s Soviet military technology. So we now have this strange and exciting situation in which a Cold War battle is being fought on America’s shores. It was really fun to take the gang in this direction, and now the gang oozes “Raw Warfare” and brings back a sense of what made the Cold War so deadly and yet so utterly insane. So be prepared to battle on a huge Soviet Tank and take to the fight to skies at 25,000 feet on a gigantic long range nuclear bomber (nearly all the gangs have huge Boss vehicles which the player can fight on).

On Monday, we’ll have details (and videos) on the two new gangs rampaging through Capital City – and the elite new police unit challenging Pursuit Force with their own merciless brand of law enforcement.

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Stoffinator said:

January 25th, 4:34 pm

Another PSP game I want. Isn’t this time of year suppose to be easy on the pockets? :-p

ftwrthtx said:

January 25th, 4:36 pm

Cool game. First I heard of it actually.

Kamahl said:

January 25th, 6:43 pm

it looks pretty good, i think i might buy it

C-h-a-o-s said:

January 25th, 7:36 pm

I liked the first and will be picking this game up for sure sometime at the end of March. Between God of War, Patapon, and Twisted Metal : Head on ETE my pockets will be running on empty.

SinsToJudge said:

January 25th, 10:57 pm

I like what I see here, so this will probably be my first PSP purchase of the new year. I was a little dissapointed with the first game, great concept but the difficulty spikes were rediculous

enrichovega said:

January 26th, 6:26 am

I must admit this game looks like a riot. Holla back when you guys elevate this series to PS3 then I’ll be in Pursuit!

Gunwing said:

January 26th, 7:11 am

Well with all the good stuff this year I might have to get my self a part time job just to make ends meet and keep up with this stuff! That or just save my cash for a year and hope it’s enough.

Shiloa said:

January 26th, 8:18 am

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the first game, it was pure arcade fun and I loved the fact it was really hard.

KnaveX said:

January 26th, 8:57 am

Will we eva see this on teh PS3?

gardea said:

January 26th, 12:19 pm

Why is everyone asking if new release PSP games will be on PS3? Go buy a PSP.

KnaveX said:

January 26th, 1:12 pm

@Gardea
Thanx for the recommendation but I already have a PSP. Obviously, if a playstation gamer sees something nice on one platform he would like to see it extend to other platforms of the playstation family. Such as I would also like to see hits like Warhawk on PSP. Or a hit PS3 first person shooter on PSP such as Kilzone or Resistance. But then we’d need a second analog stick. But that would work out with a PSP concept like the one I’ve sent Sony links various times already.

C-h-a-o-s said:

January 26th, 2:44 pm

I went to GameStop today and picked up the demo. It’s a huge improvement from the first. The graphics are very good, I enjoyed it very much. Nice work bigBig Studios!

VenomX said:

January 26th, 6:24 pm

Definitely buying this, big fan of the first one.

ne4ious said:

January 26th, 6:39 pm

i’m very happy they got to this game, the first one was awesome and so hard to beat. i can’t wait to see what EJ has on the table for us. However, a PS3 version will be super and hopefully bigBig will make the PS3 CELL B/E sweat a bit.

stennex said:

January 26th, 8:16 pm

Sony is it possible to implement the use of the paypal system to pay for PSN online items? Just asking.

Nynja said:

January 26th, 10:31 pm

I know this is off topic, but I do not know where else to post this to get some attention.

Why is it that we MUST have a players name on the Player Met list in order to block them? Some online games do not make use of this feature making it impossible to block users who consistently voice inappropriate material (racial, sexual, etc).

Please, for the love of God. Please change this. We need to be able to block users who destroy our PSN online experience.

Kedaro said:

January 27th, 2:51 am

I liked the first one, and I’ve seen how much you’ve improved the visuals and the story/game in general in the sequel, count me in, it’s a done deal, buying this the day it hits.

Kedaro said:

January 27th, 2:58 am

@KnaveX

I know totally what you’re talking about man, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Sony will probably be putting two analog nubs on their next portable system, as it probably seems kinda’ silly in retrospect that they hadn’t with the first psp … given they put so much power in that little bastard… I think we’ll be seeing true to spec ps2 emulated psn titles on the ‘psp2’ or whatever they decide to call it, and 80% of those can’t be played without the dual analogs… let’s spearhead a movement to demand double analogs in the next gen of Sony portable, as well as sixaxis for remote play that really shines… HA!

ayrkain said:

January 27th, 11:17 am

Where did the 80GB PS3’s go? Just disappeared from Gamestop and Best Buy… I had my friend all convinced to buy one, but he wants BC. Please leave us one BC SKU!!!

Zorox said:

January 27th, 9:44 pm

So will this game come out for the PS2 like all PSP exclusives?

FelonOnParole said:

January 27th, 11:52 pm

Who cares about Pursuit Force.. GOW Chains of Olympus is the ONLY game for PSP.. Period!

sephiroth2006 said:

January 28th, 5:03 am

The game looks great, I will look forward tp lay the game.

Also I was surfing the internet and I found an interesting game for the PS3: EYDENTIFY, what happen with this game? I look for more information but without luck.

sephiroth2006

p-s-3 said:

January 28th, 5:43 am

We only got 40GB PS3’s in the U.K now. So no PS3’s that can play PS2 games!!!
THAT SUCKS!!! Sony! Sorry but true!!! :-/

Joe said:

January 29th, 8:40 am

I am not sure if you can answer this but when do you think we will start hearing about your new game. Be it a Pursuit Force game for the PS3 or a whole new IP. Also if you are making a PS3 game do you still have a team that can make PSP games or is the team at BigBig small so they can only work on one game at a time.

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