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Gravity Crash Ultra Coming to PS Vita

Stewart Gilray's Avatar Posted by CEO, Just Add Water

In late 2009, I nervously sent Just Add Water’s first PlayStation game, Gravity Crash, to PlayStation for submission on PS3. Back then, the indie resurgence had barely started, and the idea that our retro flashback was about to appear on a major console was scary. We had some decent innovations in there, from the easy-to-use level editor to the ability to share player-made levels via PSN.

The landscape for indie developers has changed massively since then, but the values of creativity and gameplay remain. This is what Gravity Crash stood for then, and it’s still as relevant today.

Yes, the team at JAW has been very busy with another game from a rather well-loved PlayStation franchise, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, but we found the time and talent to give Gravity Crash the update we really felt it deserved.

Nearly five years on, our work porting Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath to the PS Vita gave us all here a glimpse of just how amazing the hardware is and what PlayStation’s tools enable us to do with it. At the time, I thought: “This is where Gravity Crash belongs…” We pushed the PS Vita to its limits with the game and we wanted a name that screamed it: Gravity Crash Ultra.

What can you expect that’s new to the game? A quick glance will show that a lot has changed visually. We’ve got it running at the Vita’s native resolution at a smooth-as-butter 60 frames per second. The lighting and visual effects have been given a makeover, turning the particles up to eleven. Explosions, weapon effects, a refined graphics renderer, better lighting… the list goes on. And that’s just the visuals!

That’s not all, though… much of the gameplay has been revisited. By adding a third player ship we managed to create three difficulty levels, including the anti-gravity ship for the easy difficulty. Reviewers of the original game commented on the difficulty; another throw-back to old school gaming we were keen to capture that might be too hardcore.

The interface has been tweaked to better make use of space and declutter various menus. We’ve improved the radar to make it more useful, and made the mission notification system much easier to keep track of. There’s the new logo to go with the new name, and the GUI has been redrawn to make it as crisp and touch friendly as it can be.

Gravity Crash Ultra

The excellent soundtrack created by legendary video game music producer CoLD SToRAGE also gets a remix, giving the electronic “demo scene” sound a fresh, new-car smell. You can even get the fully remixed soundtrack album along with the original. There’s also new voice-over sounds along with other audio improvements.

Of course, the mission editing and sharing features are still there, but you’ll also be able to share across to PS3, giving you nearly five years’ worth of extra levels to play through!

You should expect to see Gravity Crash Ultra for PS Vita on PlayStation Store this July. Follow JAW on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news about the game!

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Gorvi said:

June 6th, 6:45 am

Woohoo, finally! It’s great to hear about the soundtrack too, the original soundtrack was great.

KazeEternal said:

June 6th, 6:49 am

Yes, but what about Gravity Rush Ultra O.o

yapyap898 said:

June 6th, 6:58 am

Came here thinking it was “Gravity Rush Ultra”. AAAUUUGGGHH!

Oh well, this’l do.

JumpMan33 said:

June 6th, 7:30 am

Any chance it’ll be cross-buy with the PS3 version?

gus_xl said:

June 6th, 7:49 am

I love these types of games. I’m trying not to blast right though ‘Shooter’ in a vain effort to make it last. But now that I know this is coming..

TotalMackerel said:

June 6th, 8:23 am

Very excited for this! Any chance we’ll get a PS4 version as well?

Einhander138 said:

June 6th, 8:26 am

Physical media or no sale.

waldowalso said:

June 6th, 8:56 am

The PSP version was ruined because high scores are not saved, which eliminated any purpose of going out of your way to rack up points. I chatted online with one of the people involved with the game years ago on Gamefaqs, and there was a little talk about them possibly updating the game to correct that major oversight but unfortunately it never materialized. A waste of my money. I don’t forget these things, sorry.

waldowalso said:

June 6th, 9:14 am

Not to mention the whole “infinite continues” issue that the PSP had as well, not sure if the PS3 had that too. Retro arcade style games should NEVER have infinite continues..except as an option in the menu for people who do not posses the skill to get further in the game otherwise. The Capcom Collection PSP games suffered from that issue and imo their fun factor dropped to flat line because of it from my perspective.

Gaining higher scores to unlock bonus lives to continue playing longer is basic Arcade Masterpiece 101. Some developers might need to go back to the “old school” to remind themselves about why things work on a starship. My 2 cents.

elchorno said:

June 6th, 9:27 am

@Stewart and JAW: TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

Kishnabe said:

June 6th, 10:53 am

Gravity Rush was called Gravity Crash before so….I was expecting something else :).

PanTheMan16 said:

June 6th, 11:32 am

Looks a lot like PixelJunk: Shooter. I’m intrigued.

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