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Distance Brings Survival Racing to PlayStation VR

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Distance Brings Survival Racing to PlayStation VR

Distance

Hi there! I’m Jordan, one of the developers at Refract. Last year I announced that our survival racer Distance is coming to PS4. Since then we’ve been working hard to add things like random track generation, new story mode content, improved car customization, improved multiplayer features, and we spent some time optimizing so that Distance runs as smoothly as possible.

Today, I can finally announce that we’ve also been working hard to bring Distance to PlayStation VR! This weekend we’ll be showcasing a playable version for the first time at PlayStation Experience in San Francisco!

If you’ve never seen Distance before, it’s a survival racing game. Distance takes the intense action of arcade racing and places it in a mysterious, atmospheric world. The road is deadly with treacherous obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, you’ll be trying to survive from point A to B.

You pilot 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.

Virtual reality amplifies this by adding another dimension. You can now race through these chaotic tracks from the seat of the driver. PlayStation VR gives you an amazing sense of scale as you’re able to look into turns or glance over at other players in multiplayer. Once we started prototyping VR gameplay in Distance it was undeniable that getting a true feel for the jumps, flips, and flying is exhilarating.

From a story-telling aspect, VR is thrilling since we can explore the game from the perspective of the driver, and who (or what) that is. We’ve redesigned our UI to work with a cockpit dash, and we added an “upside-down” moonroof to help when landing. Getting sliced by a laser is also (not surprisingly) even more exciting.

Distance

We can’t wait to unleash Distance on PS4 in 2016. If you’ll be at PlayStation Experience be sure to drop by booth #2172! We’d love to have you be one of the first to try Distance on PlayStation VR. Feel free to toss out any questions in the comments!

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  • Looks really cool, the UI reminds me WipEout.

  • It’s great to see yet another title coming to PSVR. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • Skater_Ricky

    Look’s awesome! Can’t wait to try this game out in 2016. Hope to see this on a demo unit at a retail store sometime in the near future.

    • I can not wait to preorder and own PS VR and this game looks right down my alley. Hoping early spring of next year! Thanks for bringing this to us :)

  • Woah, this looks like its going to be great! I can only imagine the exhilaration of moving through this world in VR!

  • Tre-Jigz510

    I can’t wait to try this on Saturday!

  • and yet another one game that I am getting for my PSVR, here’s hoping for a Tron VR game, that light cycle battle in VR would be so cool

  • This game is great. I’ve been playing the beta on the PC for a while now and am still enjoying split screen with friends. Hopefully user made maps will make it into the PS4 version as well.

  • This might even bring me back into racinggames (aside from midnight club LA). I’ll buy PSVR anyway if I can use it as a “TV” for my existent games library like with the usual Sony headgear.

    Of course I’ll be all the more happy, if good games come out exclusively for this hardware, ’cause as a hardcore Sony consument I consider myself in the minority in wanting to buy PSVR for the above mentioned reasons and I want this thing to thrive^^

  • Circuitburnout

    Looks sweet, keep up the good work!!

  • Sony, I need VITA games, no VR games!!

    • Skater_Ricky

      Says the small amount of Vita owners. I’m not a genius but I believe most of the gamers are playing on PlayStation 4 including myself. I own a Vita but I sure don’t want to play this game on my Vita. This experience needs to be on a Console where there’s a faster internet connection and more performance. Playing on PlayStation VR would be the best experience to play this game.

  • Can’t wait! Can we drop by anytime at the booth to try this out?

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  • Thank you for understanding that we want VR as an experience tool and not use our heads to control vehicles, like Rigs or some of these other games that use your head turning as a control device.

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