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Windjammers Arrives August 29 on PS4, PS Vita

An arcade classic returns with online play and an eye on esports.

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Hi guys, I’m Arnaud De Sousa from DotEmu. Today I’m thrilled to announce that Windjammers, the best arcade fighting frisbee game ever made, arrives August 29 on PS4 and PS Vita!

It’s been a few moons since we announced the game at PlayStation Experience. We know you guys have been eagerly awaiting the release date, and we’re happy to finally announce it!

As gamers and retro lovers ourselves, Windjammers is a legendary title that we at DotEmu hold dear to our hearts. So of course we wanted to deliver the optimum experience. This meant not rushing things, taking our time, and doing it right.

“But how did you do that?”

That’s a great question — thanks for asking!

Get the Community Involved

Windjammers is a straightforward game: two buttons, two characters, and a frisbee. That’s it. In pure arcade tradition, you only need 30 seconds to understand what’s happening on-screen. Add an amazing, authentic 90’s vibe (Windjammers debuted in 1994 on SNK’s Neo Geo — it doesn’t get more authentic than that) and you have a crazy, gorgeous game.

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Doing super throws in Windjammers is easy and way too exciting

But just like every great game, this simplicity masks a deeper complexity. Similar to Street Fighter, Windjammers is one of those rare titles where a combination of skill, experience, and strategy is essential for victory. And as a competitive fighting game player myself (play Third Strike, it’s a good game), it was obvious and mandatory that Windjammers France, the French Windjammers community, had to be part of the development process. I mean, these guys are masters of their craft, so we had to give them what they wanted: an arcade-perfect port. And with their help, we pulled it off.

The Windjammers France guys are, like, pretty good.

Get the Players Involved

Another great thing about Windjammers is that anybody can play and reap instantaneous fun. We knew the original game had that power, but what about our version and our netplay? And what about our online ranking and matchmaking system?

To ensure we made the right decisions and the best choices, we hosted a closed beta exclusively on PS4 and got the player community involved. The beta ran from June 8 to June 12, and more than 40,000 beta keys were distributed worldwide. This was a first for us and it wasn’t easy, but we knew it was important. We were confident that by using GGPO for our netcode and adding some improvements, the online play would run smoothly. But what about the rest?

Windjammers Fangamer Merch

Official Windjammers merch flying your way August 29 via Fangamer

Thanks to you, the community, we received tons of feedback regarding bugs and issues, and also the ergonomy, menus, and matchmaking system. You also provided many useful ideas regarding the general gaming experience. Most importantly, your comments confirmed that we’d captured the fun, immersive experience of the original.

What was also clear from your feedback is just how essential esports is to your expectations for the game. As an arcade and multiplayer game, we knew that Windjammers already had that built-in competitiveness, but you confirmed that it’s more than that. It’s also a fun and engaging game to play, not just for the the French Windjammers community and pro players, but for everybody.

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Windjammers Moment #37

So what’s next? Esports baby! But first we’re taking a chill pill and concentrating on the release. Windjammers arrives August 29, but we already have plans for updates and improvements. We want Windjammers to live forever and want the community to dig it more and more everyday. We’ll do our best to help you guys keep rockin’ it like a hurricane, because if you’re having fun, we’re pretty sure Windjammers will be a hit.

Let the jamming begin!

Add Your Own

Trendy_Kid said:

July 17th, 9:06 am

I’m wondering if I will like this more or less than Disc Jam. It looks pretty fun.

    RazorBeamzz said:

    July 17th, 9:15 am

    I hope they add button mapping! The beta didn’t have it.

Superstone said:

July 17th, 9:23 am

Really appreciate all you do for the Vita. Day one buy for me. Please keep the SNK games coming. Thanks again.

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 17th, 10:04 am

    Hey Superstone,

    Thanks for your kind message. The Vita is a great console and we’re happy to give it another great game from the past!

Ouren said:

July 17th, 9:32 am

Will there be an infinite time option?

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 17th, 10:13 am

    Hey Ouren,

    Thanks for your comment!

    We decided not to add an infinite time option. Time is an important part of the gameplay as it forces you to make decisions and play with it.

    I’m sure that you’ll adapt quickly to that way of playing and will become a great jammer!

death_nation100 said:

July 17th, 9:49 am

I love Windjammers . I played it back in the Arcade . I always wanted to play it again finally i can.

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 17th, 10:02 am

    Hey death_nation100,

    Thanks for your love! We can wait for you to feel the wind jamming again. :)

arlrex said:

July 17th, 12:04 pm

Love these over the top sports games. Thanks DotEmu for bringing it to a new generation of consoles. Cant wait to see high level play from tournaments.

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 17th, 1:24 pm

    Hey arlrex,

    Thanks for your nice comment!

    Windjammers can be really crazy at high level and you can already find some great matches on YouTube by the Windjammers France guys. But I’m sure it’s going to be even crazier when everybody will be able to play and compete against eachother.

    Oh and love your avatar by the way. ;)

Jelloman581 said:

July 17th, 12:15 pm

1) Is this Cross-Buy or separate purchases? 2) Any plans for physical copies (yeah I’m one of those)? Will buy digitally anyways since it’s cheaper than an MVS cart and has online play!

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 17th, 1:25 pm

    Hey Jelloman581,

    1) Yes, the game will be cross-buy.
    2) no plans for physical right now, but we never know what the future holds!

    Jelloman581 said:

    July 17th, 9:21 pm

    Awesome, glad its at least cross-buy!

    Kratier said:

    July 19th, 6:15 pm

    very glad to hear its cross buy i will buy day 1 then, wish you guys advertised it more that its cross buy, thats a major factor for me buying games

budamania1989 said:

July 17th, 12:41 pm

cool stuff playstation

LukeDCM said:

July 17th, 1:53 pm

Is this multiplayer only or will there be a single player mode?

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 18th, 8:26 am

    Hi LukeDCM,

    Windjammers will of course have a single player mode with the classic arcade mode from the original game. :)

OgGeek2016 said:

July 17th, 9:30 pm

I needs that black Windjammers shirt RIGHT NOW!!!!!!

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 20th, 10:57 am

    Word! And what about the other ones?

    OgGeek2016 said:

    July 22nd, 10:44 am

    Once I find matching shoes, I’m adding those too ;-)

musibat said:

July 18th, 5:45 am

Day One BUY!

Axecution said:

July 18th, 7:40 am

I’m obsessed with Disc Jam but ive never actually played this.

Day 1 buy for me <3

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 20th, 11:00 am

    Hey Axecution,

    Thanks for your comment!

    Disc Jam is a great game and the guys behind it are awesome dudes that really love Windjammers (and it shows). Thanks to them, we now live in a world with 2 crazy frisbee games! Isn’t that great?

BlueBl1zzard said:

July 18th, 12:16 pm

^
Same! Been really loving Disc Jam, so I will totally give this a shot : )

P.S. Thanks for bringing this to vita

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 20th, 11:01 am

    Hey BlueBl1zzard,

    Thanks! We’re happy to give the Vita the love it deserves. :)

hatatk said:

July 18th, 5:06 pm

Hey, will the Vita version have support for local multiplayer on PS TV?

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 20th, 11:17 am

    Hey hatatk,

    Thank you for your question.

    The Vita version will not support local multiplayer nor PS TV, but you will be able to play against the whole World online in quick or ranked matches!

Hexahedromancer said:

July 18th, 7:15 pm

No B. Yoo?
Can we change how many points to a set? Time limit?
Any chance of a Switch release?

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    Arnaud De Sousa said:

    July 20th, 11:15 am

    Hi Hexahedromancer,

    Thanks for your comment!

    We based our work on the japanese version of the game, so it’s Steve Miller. As you may already know, the original character S. Miller was replaced at the time by B.Yoo for the EU/US version, and we choose to stick to the original character design of Data East.

    Yes, you will be able to change points and time limit, except in Ranking Mode so that everybody plays with the same competitive rules.

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