WipEout Rush brings back classic PlayStation racing series on mobile phones

WipEout is making a return, but as a weird iOS and Android game

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WipEout is a futuristic racing game series with explosive weapons and a bumpin’ dance music soundtrack that was one of the main reasons the PlayStation was so successful back in 1995.

It was the game that really showed the quality of the CD audio that the original PlayStation system could put out, and also showed off blisteringly fast and impressive 3D graphics that looked like nothing else on the market at the time. Sadly, in recent years the series has been in a bit of a hibernation, feeling underloved and underutilised by it’s industry-leading parent company.

Sony shut down the original WipEout developer Studio Liverpool (formerly Psygnosis) back in August 2012, but like many popular franchises, WipEout has outlived its original studio and continued on. WipEout was last seen on the PS4 in 2017, with the release of the WipEout Omega Collection, which was made by Clever Beans, EPOS Game Studios, and Sony XDev.

It has been a while since then, and no one has been sure if we’d see WipEout come to PlayStation 5 or not. Honestly we’re still not sure if we will, despite rumours of a PlayStation VR2 title in the near future. In the meantime, Sony has taken everyone by surprise with a sideways move — the new WipEout Rush mobile game made by a small company called Rogue Games.

What is WipEout Rush?

WipEout Rush

WipEout Rush is a game made up of strange design choices that we’re still trying to keep an open mind about, if we’re honest. Rather than racing cool hover cars on intense tracks in the distant future, WipEout Rush is a cel-shaded racing management game with a comic book-ish presentation. You mostly control it by playing different cards that do different things, which is a vast departure from the gameplay of the previous console-based entries.

While different in many ways, WipEout Rush still features 60 ships from older WipEout games that will be unlocked through playing a lengthy single-player mode. There are 12 championship cups and five different track environment types at launch. It also has a brand new electronica soundtrack from series veteran musician Alastair Lyndsay.

It has been promised that WipEout Rush on mobile will run at 60FPS on all modern phones, but we’re not sure what the point is for a game where you barely have to interact with it in real time. At least it’ll be nice and smooth to watch.

Rogue Games CEO Matt Casamassina was clear that he understands this may not be the revival most fans were expecting or hoping for, explaining that it was different from PlayStation entries on purpose, by saying that “If I want that visceral, immersive, intense racing experience, I’ll find it waiting on PlayStation, but at the same time, we’re delighted that we could rethink WipEout for mobile with some fun new play mechanics and gorgeous visuals. We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because — although different — we’re proud to bring the WipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula…”

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WipEout Rush Release Date

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WipEout Rush currently has no release date set, but the developers at Rogue Games say the game should be out in “Early 2022”. We assume this means WipEout Rush will be out before March, but there’s no concrete date yet and things can always be pushed back.

We’re not sure how we feel about WipEout Rush, but we’ll probably still give it a shake when it comes out. What do you think of this new spin on the WipEout series? Let us know in the comments below.