August 20th, 2013 | By Matt Suckley
Traditionally, major conferences such as Gamescom are slim pickings when it comes to indie games. However, it is heartening to see an increased focus on indies from both Sony and Microsoft this year, and indicative of their growing importance even in the eyes of the average consumer. One of the most exciting announcements for me personally was Velocity 2X, FuturLab‘s full sequel to Velocity and Velocity Ultra.
FuturLab revealed that the game was in development for PS4 and PS Vita, and gave us two short teaser videos to tide us over until more info is released — one for story and one for gameplay. The story teaser snappily sets the scene for 2X, with series protagonist and Quarp Jet pilot Kai Tana seemingly recovering from unconsciousness in an unknown area with an all-new antagonist — the Vokh.
As for the gameplay teaser, in typical Velocity fashion there is plenty of exciting action packed into a short space of time. The forty second video shows off all the Quarp Jet action we know and love, rendered in the beautiful style seen in Velocity Ultra, as well as packing a couple of potentially game-changing surprises. Firstly, there are some green speed-up pads shown in the video. While initially seeming unimportant, the implementation of these could well change some things up, particularly in regard to speedrunning. However, by far the most exciting addition comes at the very end of the video, where we see Kai Tana leave her ship for the first time in the series and the perspective shifts to that of a 2D side-scroller. The bold sci-fi setting and the female protagonist immediately invite comparisons with Metroid, although we are yet to find out whether or not these side-scrolling segments will take inspiration from Nintendo’s classic series or not. A teaser and a half!
FuturLab have also been quick to point out that the above gameplay teaser is made up of pre-alpha, and therefore is ‘nowhere near’ as good-looking as the final product will be. To me it looks pretty enough already, but who can complain at it getting even prettier?
The only criticism of the excellent Velocity Ultra in my review was that it didn’t do quite enough to differentiate itself from the original Velocity on PlayStation minis. Velocity 2X certainly doesn’t look as if it suffers from that problem. To keep up with the development, you can follow FuturLab on Twitter and visit the official Velocity website to see the story and gameplay teasers for yourself.