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Wasteland Kings Hitting PS4, PS Vita in 2014

Rami Ismail's Avatar Posted by Vlambeer

Vlambeer has been around for almost three years.

It’s sort of a weird realization for the two of us that the past three years of our lives — practically every moment after we decided to run a games company full time — has been dedicated to making the games people know us for. It’s been an amazing run that’s taken us from extreme highs to emotional lows, and introduced us to so many amazing people – whether they’re developers or industry or fans.

Vlambeer is something weird. You see, the two of us are polar opposites. Whereas JW is an artistic and creative force full of weird ideas, I tend to do business and programming. If you’ve ever put two people like that in a single room, you know they don’t tend to get along well. That was true for the two of us as well, and we created this third person that resulted from the collision between us. That third person is what Vlambeer truly is — it’s neither Jan Willem nor me. It’s a separate “person.”

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The reason I’m explaining all this is because it is important to explain what the game we just announced for PS4 and PS Vita is.

Vlambeer started in September 2010. Since then, we made Super Crate Box, in which you can never predict what’s next due to the randomness, but you can learn how the system works to gain situational awareness. We’re still wrapping up LUFTRAUSERS, a game that focuses on customization and finding something that fits your own playing style. We made Ridiculous Fishing, a game in which we integrated a deep fiction into an otherwise simple game design.

These games are all explorations of things we find interesting or cool or weird. Things we ran across in a documentary, or while watching a movie, or reading a book, or browsing the internet.

When we originally made Wasteland Kings in 72 hours for Mojang’s charity game jam, the limited amount of time just meant we made something that felt natural to us. We’re good at arcade action gameplay, so we ended up making that. Jan Willem had been toying around with random generation a lot, so that went in. We’re both fans of bad science fiction, so the game is very much inspired by sci-fi movies of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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After the jam we were intrigued by Wasteland Kings, and it took us a moment to figure out why. Wasteland Kings is an action roguelike-like about never being able to predict what’s next due to randomness. It’s a top-down shooter in which focusing on customization and finding something that fits your own playing style. It’s a game in which we’re integrating a deep fiction into an otherwise simple game design. It’s everything we’ve made before, but it’s also something new.

Wasteland Kings is a tribute to Vlambeer. That doesn’t make it a tribute to ourselves, really – like we explained, Vlambeer isn’t either of us. The game – which you’ll be able to play on PS4 and PS Vita next year – is a tribute to this crazy thing that changed our lives so much in such a short time. And it’s a game, because that’s the only way we know to properly make a tribute to it.

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Ouren said:

August 21st, 9:07 am

Goooo Vlambeer!

Elvick_ said:

August 21st, 9:14 am

Looking forward to it. Thrilled it’s on Vita.

reson8er said:

August 21st, 9:21 am

You guys are awesome. You make fun, creative games that are full of charm and retro awesomeness.

Phedran said:

August 21st, 9:55 am

Absolutely can’t wait for this! Actually, I might just go play the jam version right now.. ;)

Mobius2525 said:

August 21st, 10:04 am

I love all this Indie support but i still wast to see a infamous collection on the vita

TXCScorpion said:

August 21st, 11:14 am

Can’t wait for this. Saw the first screenshot and was sold. Also waiting on Luftrausers…

ctorretta said:

August 21st, 11:29 am

Archer would approve of the total situational awareness.

GeoDarky said:

August 21st, 1:34 pm

i like this type of games on my OLED Vita screen :)

ThreeLeggedFreak said:

August 21st, 2:18 pm

Ridiculous Fishing on vita, please.

jcgoodekillz said:

August 21st, 4:04 pm

lulz trolling is fun im getting a vita this month for only 175 yAAAAA

tusunami said:

August 21st, 4:46 pm

I’ll need to see more info on this game, it has potential.

Danfromumbrella said:

August 22nd, 6:47 am

Sony, are you ever gonna care about showing AAA games on Vita? Or are you only gonna keep showing indies at every conference?

We were originally promised PS3 gaming on the go, and that’s what i threw down 250 for not a system that plays games that look like they were made years ago. The system is powerful, can we please see it’s power more often?

avluis said:

August 22nd, 10:07 am

I am aiming this one at you:
What’s with all the crying on these blog posts about AAA games…
Go request those games from their respective site forums and/or petition them if you feel the need to post on all blog announcements.
There really is no need to have EVERYONE who posts on this blog to deal with the whining…

And while I’m at it: On a related note;
Can we stop it with the Cross-Buy Outcry?
Not all games can be made cross-buy.
Last time I checked it’s not like they are emulating PS3 games on PSVita, they actually have to port them.
Meaning that work does go towards getting the games working on there as well.

While not all ports have been good on pricing, why are we crying about getting to play them again on a portable?

Why are we crying about getting more games, lol!?

plaztiksyke said:

August 22nd, 12:19 pm

kind of reminds me of a PC game I enjoyed called Bad Blood. any inspiration from that game?

can we plllllease get Ridiculous Fishing on PS3 and Vita? I’d love to play it on PS3 with Move controls!

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