There’s been a bit of a resurgence in futuristic gravity racing games, and now we’ve seen combat racer VergeWorld announced with a PC demo available to download from Steam.
Developed by Bad Bones and published by Retrovibe, it’s due out for the PC in Autumn 2022, and is a fast-paced roguelite game, which means the levels are procedurally generated as you speed through them racing and shooting in third person through the three alien biomes available in the full release.
The demo introduces Nix, the main protagonist of the game, and the planet Gh2040-B, along with giving you four flight missions and a mini-boss battle. Along with allowing you to try different CRT filters to see how they change the visuals and gameplay.
Graphically, the developers have opted to emulate the original PlayStation-era with the mix of 3D graphics and pixel art. And the soundtrack features a mix of synthwave and 16-bit tunes. You’ll be able to customise your weapon selection, but more details will be coming during the summer.
Obviously titles like Wipeout spring to mind, but VergeWorld does stand out as it was originally a fan-made retro project for the Amiga and Sega Megadrive. And those projects are still in the works, alongside the new PC game. As the proud owner of a retro gaming collection, I’m definitely intrigued by the full retro versions, especially if there’s a cartridge release planned. And you can try out the prototypes for that project, here. You’ll just need to use an emulator for the PC, or transfer it to a floppy disk or Everdrive for the original hardware.