Introducing MotorStorm Apocalypse

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More than two years ago we decided where the MotorStorm festival should head next, and I’ve been itching to talk about it ever since. Now, as part of the global announcement, and with E3 just around the corner, it’s so exciting to finally be able to share some information about the MotorStorm Apocalypse.

MotorStorm Apocalypse

Here are some of the headlines…

You May Have Heard…We’re Heading to the City!

But this is no ordinary city. In the same way that the first MotorStorm was set in Monument Valley, and MotorStorm Pacific Rift was set on ‘The Island’, inspired by Hawaii and other Pacific islands, we’ve set this MotorStorm in ‘The City’, inspired by the West Coast of America, and, in particular, the Bay Area of California.

MotorStorm’s brand of racing is not about ‘going urban’ though. We all know that the lunatic ‘Stormers would take every expectation about street racing and turn it upside-down. So this is what they’ve done. Welcome to Brutal Urban Off-Road Racing!

MotorStorm Apocalypse

Post Apocalyptic? NO!

The city has been abandoned and somewhat damaged after a tremor. When the ‘Stormers find this out, they head straight in. Pretty soon, two things become clear: it isn’t completely empty and Mother Nature isn’t done yet!

Throughout the game the city will be ripped to pieces, in real-time, as you race. Routes will be affected, as will our emergent gameplay.

Buggies using collapsing walls as half-pipes. Big Rigs on the rooftops of skyscrapers as they collapse. Superbikes gunning into the basements of enormous rifts. Supercars flicking on their headlights to barrel through the subways and sewers. Multi-vehicle pile ups on giant bridges as they buckle and twist. Driving through someone’s office and smashing up their desks. It’s all there.

Two groups have also stayed behind, and neither takes too kindly to MotorStorm’s arrival. I’ll talk more about them another time, but for now I’ll say that when they realise there isn’t going to be much of a city left, they start to destroy it too.

This isn’t post-apocalyptic. It’s apocalyptic. You are there when it happens. It’s survival racing.

MotorStorm Apocalypse

Variety, Chronology and Depth are King

We’ve listened to everything people said about our previous games and, as a result, one of our priorities is to make a more satifsying overall game experience. In our single-player mode, every race is unique. When a building comes down it stays down. When you race a track again, the buildings will still be down and the MotorStorm crew will have carved yet more routes into the ruined landscape. The only time you’ll see the same thing twice is when you choose to. Underscoring this chronology is the fact that you’ll get to see the game from three different viewpoints.

Nothing annoys me more than the notion that an accessible action racer must also be shallow or plain dumb. So once you have experienced the single-player journey, the true depth of our title will come to the fore. Our overhauled ‘Wreckreation’ mode has been heavily influenced by the best online titles: from shooters and action adventures, RPGs and platformers. It features:

  • Sixteen player online multiplayer.
  • Four player split-screen.
  • Combinations of the two. Play with three friends in the living room against 12 more online.
  • Massive vehicle customisation. Change vinyls, vehicle parts, vehicle shapes and more. Upload them to the community site and share them with others. They automatically work on all vehicle types, and include your PSN ID.
  • Vehicle perks. Modify your handling, boosting and offensive abilities as you unlock new perks.
  • A wealth of rankings to progess through online with associated rewards and recognition.
  • Stacks of online rewards to earn and persistent progress giving the most determined and successful racers the status and recognition they deserve.
  • Persistent matchmaking. Keep your party together throughout your gaming session.
  • A Game Mode Creator. From a completely blank canvas you can design your own game rules and victory conditions, play them online, and incorporate them into tournaments.

Lots More

We’ve got a lot more to reveal too; things like replacing loading screens with cut-scenes that finally reveal what it’s like to be a part of the MotorStorm subculture, to changes to handling and boosting, to the five completely new vehicle classes making their way to this festival.

The end of the world…is just the beginning.

Let me know your thoughts.

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  • Awesome!!!

    • Hey guys, glad you like it :)

      I’ve got some time to answer your questions in the comments so I’ll try and get through as many as I can. Fire away!

  • Looks brilliant. Day one because of all the customization options.

    • Yeah, we’re really pleased with what we’re doing for customization. We’ve got a huge amount of options for visual customization – like changing parts, vinyls, stickers and such – but with the Perks system we’ve got a really nice way of offering performance tuning too.

  • Nice matchmaking change!

  • Looking really good!!! Nice change of scenery

  • So basically there won’t be any surprise at the E3 conference ? :/

  • move or 3d support?

  • Can’t wait! I love me some Motorstorm. I hope it’s out by March next year so I can pick it up for my dad’s birthday. He’s a fan himself.

  • Looks good!

  • Motorstorm meets Split Second, maybe? Cool.

  • looks very good(but thats to be expected from a 1st party Sony title).

    i wish it was set up like Cruisin USA, where the game took place over different locations through out the US, not set in one city

  • yes! keep rolling out those exclusive.

  • @ Arthael — Chill out and wait for the conference, of course there will be surprise announcements. Yeesh.

  • Now I know why Sony keeps revealing all of these games each week before E3. They don’t want to give us a heart attack by releasing everything all at once.

  • Good job I hope people enjoy this. I still haven’t beat Pacific Rift, that game is excruciatingly hard when you get neat the end.

  • Looking Good. I just hope Evo learned from Pacific RIfts myriad of game-play issues…..

  • looks sweet, and great job on adding CUSTOMISATION, key to success now days i belive…cant wait to try this

  • An apoclyptic…racing game!? Huh. Im interested.

  • Glad to see its not a normal city. i was kind op dissapointed when i saw the picture and suggeting that it was gona be in a city but now im hyped again and i love the fact that i can take my friends sitting next to me online

  • Motorstorm 3 still no suport for the GT racing wheel. would rather use that instead of the Move. But game looks good but it always has. In game music is the best :)

  • I can’t wait for actual footage. This is gonna be epic!

    I can’t wait for Tuesday! Hopefully, Sony has more to announce and footage (of this game and others) to show!

  • Looks and sounds amazing so far. Can’t wait to see the game in action.

  • Excellent news! Love this series.

    Also, bring out Pacific Rift 3D Patch for full game :)

  • So those leaked pictures of MotorStorm 3 were real. Awesome! D1 buy for me.

  • Awesome News!
    Please In-CockPit view…

  • socom 4, LBP2, KillZone 3, InFamous2 and now this!! =D.. but what are you leaving for E3?? D=

  • I…WANT…THIS…NOW!!!!! The screen shots look amazing, and if it looks and feels as good as Pacific Rift it’s going to be a day one purchase for me. I LOVE the customization/community aspect and the idea of the tracks staying in their “destroyed” state and not magically “rebuilding” themselves every time you race them sound interesting…sounds like they are going to give us the option of “reseting” the tracks if we want to, but we can also go for the more realistic approach (if a game like this CAN be realistic) and leave whats destroyed, destroyed! Can I buy this yet? How about now?

  • Please do not make the online trophies like MS2. de-leveling when you don’t come first or second…that alone made me stop playing MS2 online. I regretted buying the game because of that.

  • Looks awesome! Also loving the feature of playing split-screen online, something every multiplayer game should have!

  • Dang that’s another game gone for E3! Please have something for E3 Sony other than Move!

  • Day one purchase for me!!! I’m a huge motorstorm fan, the game is looking great cant wait till 2011!

  • WOW!!!!! Those Features are amazing! Thank You!! 4-Player Split-Screen…. Car Customization…Vehicle Perks….game mode creator… EVOLUTION STUDIOS YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

    Few things I was hoping would be in Motorstorm 1 and Pacific Rift….First Person/ Cockpit View. I don’t care if the inside looks generic, I just want to be able to experience the chaos from the first person perspective.

    Also I’ve been wanting to see a Replay Save feature with editing tools with the ability to share or post online. Or maybe add YouTube Support? The races in Motorstorm are always so frantic and I get a lot of satisfaction when I just barely win a race by a thread of hair and would love to share that experience.

    What are the chances of seeing a Trophy update for the first Motorstorm? That game is a classic.

  • DAMN GAME LOOK sick……..Getting this

  • Wow…this game looks fairly badass!

  • When I heard it was coming to the city I was like “Meh”, but after reading and seeing this post I have to say, I am pumped about this. Sounds and looks AMAZING! Can’t wait for more info ;)

  • Wow…really? Talk about an unimaginative title.

  • Oh I’m so very excited about this. I own MotorStorm, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and MotorStorm: Arctic Edge and love them all. One of my favorite racers out there.

  • Roller skates in Motorstorm? 2xtreme! (pun intended)

  • So there is no point watching E3 press, you guys announced 90% pre E3, seriously WTF!?

  • Sony’s been announcing so many titles before E3. What does this leave for their keynote on Tuesday!?!

  • Looks awesome! I’ve played all three Motorstorm demos but have yet to pick one up. I’ll probably buy Arctic Edge first followed by Pacific Rift.

  • Looks amazing but can you guys PLEASE improve the soundtrack options? Like be able to change the song during a race without restarting it or display the name of the song on screen when one starts? That would be amazing.

  • looks good with all these new games being announced before E3 maybe Sony has some real SHOCKERS for us during the show O,..O

  • This is the first time I’ve actually wanted to play Motorstorm.

  • Nice! Sony has revealed many titles already. Maybe they got a PS4 annoncement coming? :D

    I look frorward to this game. Hope it goes 3D

  • Super Split Screen Online Co-Op, Heck Yes!

    As good as Pacific Rift was, Apocalypse makes it look terrible.

    Ubber Excited for this title.

  • EPIC Win.

    Like others, I was unsure about the change to an urban setting; Motorstorm is the premier off-road racing franchise. But reading this post has me ready to pre-order the damn thing already.

    Thanks for the reveal, Matt, keep up the incredible work!!!

  • Can’t wait to see some video. Loved the first to Motorstorms.

  • Are you gonna fix the rubberband AI?

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