Ex Wipeout Devs team up with The Designers Republic™ to create a new AG Racer -'Formula Fusion'.
Middlesborough, UK –Oct. 03, 2014 – R8 Games Ltd and The Designers Republic™ announced today that they will be joining forces to develop a new spiritual successor to Wipeout; Formula Fusion. Combining decades of development and design expertise, Formula Fusion will represent the next big leap forward for the genre onto next gen consoles.
Previously known for Wipeout's award winning graphic design direction and a wide range of iconic brands; The Designers Republic™ will work side by side with the developers to promote and establish the visual style design aspects for the game.
Formula Fusion is currently in pre-production and promises many enhancements over the original version of Wipeout, including; craft and technology customisation, track editing tools, synchronous multiplayer with online leagues and a new hyper-speed mode.
The game will be initially developed for the PC Steam gaming community with console versions to follow soon afterwards.
"We are bowled over by the amount of interest we have had so far! Adding TDR™ to the mix marks our intention to give fans what they want," said a spokesperson for R8 Games. "We are attempting to break new ground and reinvigorate the AG Racing Genre with a cutting edge Adrenaline fuelled Racing Experience!"
"I always said we'd never do another Wipeout. After Wip3out, the third instalment, with the original team dispersing if not already long gone, The Idea was degenerating into a marketing led franchise — from our perspective — an ever decreasing circle of senseless reiteration cranked out for cash. The difference for us with Formula Fusion is the return to values behind the game — the desire to make it, and the community aspect — the desire to not only play it, but to contribute to creating it. The community, and the opportunity to engage with it, are the drivers behind TDR™'s re-engagement with The Idea. 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – GO!" said Ian Anderson, Founder TDR™
Subject to platform submission – an early access version of Formula Fusion will be made available through the Steam Store in June 2015, with the full version expected in Q2 2016.
About R8 Games Ltd.
Formed in 2014, R8 Games is an independent games development studio focused on creating disruptive next generation titles for PC and consoles. The team features a wealth of established talent, including staff who have worked at the likes of Rockstar, Psygnosis, Sony and Team17. Between them, they have worked on franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Wipeout, Midnight Club, Auto Club Revolution and Carmageddon. More information about the company will be made available soon, but in the meantime, R8 Games Facebook Page can be found here:
About The Designers Republic™
The The Designers Republic™ (TDR™) is a Design Thinking studio declared on Bastille Day 1986. Founded, and still led by Ian Anderson in Sheffield (SoYo™) North of Nowhere™), they're known for their unique mix of anti-establishment aesthetics while perfectly embracing the brash consumerism and visual language of corporate brands such as Coca Cola, Orange and Sony. Generally credited with defining the look of electronic music from Bleep to Techno, from Warp to Gatecrasher, TDR™ have also been a go-to thinkhaus for architects and fashion designers (such as Issey Miyake) looking to tap in to their 'What if?' approach,