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OlliOlli2 on PS4, Vita: Out Today, Free on PS Plus

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OlliOlli2 on PS4, Vita: Out Today, Free on PS Plus
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So, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood is out today, and it’s free on PlayStation Plus!

Everyone at Roll7 is hyped that the game is part of this month’s PlayStation Plus lineup. This means that millions of people will be able to get their hands on our little skater. It also means that leaderboards competition will be crazy, with people racing to become King of the Spot, Daily Grind Winners and smash their way up our new Ultimate Spots Leaderboards.

So, for those that have not heard about OlliOlli (where have you been?!!) the original game came out on PS Vita in January 2014, then on PS4, PS3 and PSTV later that summer. The concept is relatively simple: it’s a side scrolling skater in 2D – think Canabalt meets Tony Hawks Pro Skater. However, we cunningly gave the game a control system based around skating ‘movement’ (we are skaters ourselves). In OlliOlli you rotate and flick the left stick then press X to land.

We were blown away with the game’s reception over the last year and how it managed to claw its way into so many people’s lives! It has even been nominated for a BAFTA for best Sports Game – totally beyond our expectations!

So, a sequel you say?

Yes, we started work on the game design doc for the sequel in winter 2013 once we had finished OlliOlli1. We knew that there was a list longer than our arms of things that we wanted to do, including a dramatic change in how you play the game. In fact, OlliOlli2 started life as an infinitely generated runner (or skater!), where obstacles, challenges and worlds all level up as you do. This design doc was fully complete by the time that our new Gameplay Designer – Dre, started in January 2014.

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Dre took the design doc and spent three weeks getting to grips with it, questioning various bits, pondering and tweaking, until one Tuesday lunchtime. Tom (Producer), Dre and I headed to Hanoi Pho, a Vietnamese cafe in Deptford (London) to discuss the doc. Dre had serious concerns about changing the core gameplay dynamic to such an extent, this document had been written up before OlliOlli was released… Were we making a massive mistake?

As ‘vision-holder’ for the game, it was tough to hear the truth – and for a few days I resisted the notion but Dre was steadfast (which for someone who had only been with us for under a month was commendable). He was right: the OlliOlli core gameplay loop was solid. People liked it. It was a ‘thing’. Unlocking the next amateur level by making it to the end of a level, then unlocking the corresponding Pro level by completing all of the objectives afforded players a flexible progression model. If it aint broke…

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We decided to rip up the doc and start afresh, then Dre and Manuel (our lead artist) really went to town on the vibrant Welcome to Olliwood theme, something that the game really benefits from. Each world and even each level feels unique, which given that there are 50 Career levels and 50 Spots to grind through in the game is no mean feat for our small team.

Gameplay has been massively enhanced with the addition of Ramps, Jumps and Epic Hills allowing for monster air and split level routes. The much praised OlliOlli combo system is way deeper, through the joy of Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching.

The team have even been updating the hallowed ‘Tricktionary’ with new specials including 540 Shovits, Anti-Casper Flips and Darkslides to name but a few.

The end result is a slick, flowing skate experience, which adds meaningfully to the original OlliOlli, something that we promised ourselves at the start of the project, even after days and weeks of testing, the game still has the ability to get its claws into even us. We can wait to see what people make of it.

To show off all the changes, we put together a short five-minute doc highlighting the evolution of the game over on our channel here.

We are still working away on some very final changes to Combo Rush (our epic new mode), which will be patched in free as soon as we are 100% happy with it, so keep an eye out for that bad boy too…

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood is truly the ultimate Next-Gen Skating Experience, so, go grab it on PS4 and PS Vita starting today.

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37 Comments

  • This game is just awful.

  • Excited to play this on Vita, the first one was fantastic!

  • Grow up el numbero uno comment. Ridiculous unfounded hate from someone who hasn’t even played the first one more than likely. This game is a labor of love and looks like a true gamers game. :D OlliOlli was SICK! This looks way better! :D

  • Congrats on releasing the game! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it a bit later on after work. Quick question, is Rad Mode still insanely hard or have the perfect landing parameters been loosened up a bit?

  • Grats! Looks like a lot of fun, wish I played the first one but my vita went MiA for a bit. Definitely plan on firing this up later today!

  • You guys are awesome – Olli Olli was the reason I picked up a Vita. After my buddy showed me the first game, I was hooked. Really looking forward to spending some time with the sequel. Thanks!

  • This is awesome, hopefully you got a good deal out of it, I should’ve paid full price for it.

  • Great on PS4
    Best on Vita :-)

  • just curious why you guys said very publicly that this was part of the spring break sale and was only %10 percent off then out of the blue its free on plus?

  • the controls actually ****ing blow. this game is beyond suck.

  • Can’t wait for the store to update so I can download this! Absolutely loved the first one, I’m sure I’ll love this even more. Especially that fantastic soundtrack.

  • p.s. wish i still had my vita for this game! olliolli is a VITA game! :)

  • DeathBeforeDawn: this was not announced as part of the spring fever sale. it was always helldivers for this week.

  • First one was great. Can’t wait to get home and play this. Thanks, Roll7, you guys are awesome!

  • Thanks for bringing it to the IGC. The trophies look just as hard as the first one.

    I bet this one will be one of the rarest plats ever.

  • It’s an okay lineup. What everyone wanted as Helldivers, so ultimately this is just an attempt to make up for that. shame it took so long for this line up.

  • It’s a bummer OlliOlli 2 traded it’s excellent pixel art style for what looks like a generic iphone game. The first game is so much prettier…

  • Brilliant news, absolutely loved the first one and been waiting for this squeal and to find it’s free this month with Plus is just great. This game will be taking up a lot of my time over the next few days.

    @1 – Really constructive (and factually incorrect) comment. Have you even played the first one? I highly doubt it.

  • Rank 7 on today’s OlliOlli 2 Daily Grind! The game is too damn awesome, the addition of manuals really makes the game addicting!

  • Discovered the first one few months back and now this is out. :) I barely even mastered the first one!

  • I didn’t buy a PS4 to play awful games like that one. I think I won’t renew my plus subscription.

  • No option to turn off controller vibration? I’d really appreciate that to be put in. I also feel like it’s tougher now to distinguish between regular ground and grind rails than it was in the first game. I see they are different colors but still, I liked how the first game handle that. That thin colored line says ‘grind’ to me more than it says ‘ground’. Anyway, cool it’s free but I would have given you guys my money.

  • Hi Roll7 staff,

    Thanks for all your hard work guys! This is a great game and you raised the bar even higher. I love this game! I’ll be renewing my ps plus for the whole year within this month because of this :)

  • Also, I was gonna buy it anyway this month, but hey, it’s free so that came out as a really good surprise!

  • Good riddance Thiago1776, yet you will still renew your plus subscription, and moan and complain next month and every month after.

    Simon – congrats on Olliolli 2. I just picked up the original Olliolli last month on a sale. Excited to play this on the Vita.

  • Can’t wait to give the vita version a go! I really enjoyed the first OlliOlli and planned on buying this one, but then I went to the PS Store and saw that it’s free. Thanks a bunch Roll7!

  • Exactly what Kishnabe said.

  • Thanks so much for this PSN and Roll7!!! Best PS plus game I’ve ever gotten. I was totally broke today and was devasted that I might not be able to buy it!

    Anyone who thinks this game sucks, this just isn’t for you. Get over it. Anyone who used to lose days on THPS2 knows how good this is…

  • I feel bad for this company that trolls are bashing this quality of a game for no reason. They didn’t deserve this type of treatment.

    @Sharingan_itachi And you’re a dumb and awful troll.

    @Farsheed_MG You know what else beyond sucks? You for not even taking the time to play it.

  • Looks fun guys. Can’t wait to try it after I beat Februarys PS+ games and The Evil Within. My PS4 backlog is growing because of PS+! Not a bad thing, though =D.

  • Why no love for PS3?! ;(

  • @21 Good then GTFO we don’t want you here. Did you buy a PS4 to actually buy games or did you buy it just to be a cheap POS????

    OlliOlli was a sick! I’m looking forward to playing this.

  • games for ps vita this month are terrible

  • People seem to be very polarized on their review of this game. I got it on PS+, not expecting much and it’s totally surpassed my expectations. I get that people “didn’t buy ps4 to play mobile games” but as someone who still plays NES, SNES, genesis, etc. I can appreciate some 2D awesomeness. The best games of all time are easy to learn, impossible to master, and this game does that well. I didn’t play the original but found this game instantly entertaining. I love that the levels can be hard, but it takes only an instant to try again, with no loading screen (that’s a big deal). The soundtrack is killer and the daily grind gives us something extra to compete with. The controls are perfect but not what you’re expecting if you’re coming from most other skaters. Unlike most, you won’t be hitting x to jump, instead, you’ll be using it to land. The people griping about controls are probably hung up on that. The controls are actually extremely fluid once you get in the groove and shouldn’t be fiddled with, their great! Anyways, haters gonna hate, skaters gonna….Olliwood? Good job Roll7, this game is an absolute blast!

  • Although I missed the 99¢ sale for the first game, I had the chance to pick it up a couple weeks ago for under $3.

    And I must say….I love it.
    One of my fav. Indie(small) games to date.

    Think that going for more complex levels, isn’t quite the way to go for a sequel though.

    Loved the begining, and the simpler stunts, before I got caught up in trying for higher score with spam jumps and the same tricks.
    Also really liked a couple sound tracks, and a few more, would have made it 5star.

  • The people who are hyping this game must have some sort of mental impairment. Pathetic and awful game for a PS4.

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