14 Totally True Facts About Super Time Force Ultra

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14 Totally True Facts About Super Time Force Ultra

Hey everyone! Nathan from Capy here again. As you probably noticed, Super Time Force Ultra is coming to PS4 and PS Vita on September 1st, free for PS Plus members (and $14.99 for everyone else). The game is cross buy, has a Platinum Trophy, and lets you explode robots and/or dinosaurs and/or angels.

Super Time Force Ultra

The last time I was on the blog, I shared our PlayStation-exclusive additions to the Super Time Force: President of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, the traveler from Journey, and Sir Galahad from The Order: 1886. This time I am here to share a whopping 14 facts that you probably didn’t know about Super Time Force Ultra.

All of these facts are 100% true, 0% exaggerated, and 1000% awesome. Some are also really quite dumb.

Let’s dive in!

1.) Super Time Force Ultra’s main character and reckless leader, CDR. Repeatski is actually based off Capy co-founder Matt Repetski, right down to the earrings and certain verbal expressions. Matt, however, does not wear two eye-patches… we added those for character.

2.) Lou Don Jim’s laser sword is called a Light Saver. Repeat after me: Light. Saver.

3.) We worked on the game for the better part of a year before adding the game’s key feature: the Time-Out mechanic. Previous to that, time would automatically rewind to the beginning of a level only after the player had died. It took us awhile to figure out that this was seriously impacting the length and depth of level, enemy, and boss designs. It was also frustrating as heck. The addition of the Time-Out mechanic changed everything and ended up defining the game.

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4.) After a successful debut of the Time-Out mechanic at PAX East, Kenneth Yeung (programmer/designer), Kris Piotrowski (Capy creative director), and Dan Vader (designer) celebrated by eating more than 100 oysters in a single sitting.

5.) Capy artist Vic Nguyen hid a 1-frame smiley face in one of the explosion animations that appears throughout the game. Players who are paying attention and slowly rewinding back through time can spot this happy subliminal message.

6.) We made a single, endlessly-scrolling, eye-scorching collection of Super Time Force Ultra GIF’s we call The Wall of Gifsanity. It is perhaps our finest achievement. Behold.

7.) Some of the characters that didn’t make the final cut: US Citizen Ninja, Robo Constable, Jesus, and Normal House Cat. There was also a character with a fully functional grappling hook as well as a “portal”-ing character. They were cut because they broke every single level in the game.

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8.) The police antagonists that appear in the game don the name “SWAZ” rather than “SWAT” as a tribute to the late American actor Patrick Swayze. There is also a copy of the 1988 movie Tiger Warsaw permanently glued to the Capy fridge.

9.) All death screams used in the game were recorded by audio director Sean Lohrisch from inside his bedroom closet to reduce the chance of frightening his neighbours and/or having the police called on him. Sean himself screamed for the male cast, while musician 6955’s wife Kahori screamed for the women. There are also two appearances of the famous Wilhelm scream, both during boss battles.

10.) More than 20 different enemy types didn’t make it into the final game, including spin kicking ninjitsu priests, pogostick-riding football robots, werewolf mermaids, and blackhole fur balls from another dimension.

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11.) A few of the reasons for the game’s Teen rating include one image that contains 2 pixels of “butt crack”, as well as the game containing numerous instances of “poo coils” (those are ESRB’s exact terms), and usage of the word “fudge.”

12.) Originally, the button icons used for the time rewind controls were the “play,” “rewind” and “fast forward” buttons that you see on a VCR. Then we realized that a lot of the players who will play the game probably have never seen a VCR. We then proceeded to feel pretty old.

13.) Dolphin Lundgren was originally called Soniq the Dolphin. He wore a pair of oversized red sneakers and shot out golden rings as his attack. It was a lawsuit waiting to happen. It was also pretty, pretty, pretty funny.

14.) The original game jam version of the game was called Super Time Squad, which had some fair-sized trademark-related issues. The team rallied around the new name, Super Time Force, partly because we wanted to make a version called Super Time Force Ultra… or STFU. Other names we were considering for the game were:

  • Re/Run (in hindsight, this is a rad name!)
  • The Endless 6 (when we thought we’d only have 6 characters)
  • Timeliners
  • Super Time Defenders (this didn’t abbreviate well)
  • Space Heroes In Time (this also didn’t abbreviate well)

So there you have it. Tons of facts about Super Time Force Ultra, which comes out next week on PS4 and PS Vita. Whether you’re a PlayStation Plus member or not, do us a favor and check this bonkers game out on September 1st.

Kookabunga, folks.

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27 Comments

  • Can’t wait to play it!
    All the best guys, the game appears to be a blast! :)

  • Platinum trophy!!! Cant wait for this on vita!!

    • I was set to buy this on Vita, but now i can use the cash on Zombie Vikings instead.

      Phenomenal month on PS Plus with STFU, La Mulana, and Xeodrifter. Teslagrad and Twisted Metal are nice also.

      My Vita is ready.

  • “The team rallied around the new name, Super Time Force, partly because we wanted to make a version called Super Time Force Ultra… or STFU”

    Now *that’s* some forward thinking! Looking forward to playing as Shu soon :-D

  • The exclusive characters that we have to use will be fun. Question the exclusive characters we can use them right?

  • When people talk about this game I thought they were being rude saying STFU, I didn’t realize that was the abbreviation.

  • Seriously looking forward to playing this. I’ve gotta say that while “The Wall of Gifsanity” is a great name, you missed out by not going with “The Cliffs of Gifsanity”. ;)

  • I am *so* excited to play this game and I can’t believe that it is free! This was a hilarious post and a great way to market the title! STFU!

  • Platinum Trophy, simultaneous Vita, and free on both PS4 and Vita. You guys are my heroes.

    Shu is gold, but i’m most excited about playing as Sir Galahad, the arch lightning gun looks incredibly well done. Thanks for giving some love to 1886 guys.

  • This game is going to be perfect on my Vita! I will be going for the platinum trophy as well thank you :)

  • Got this for free on Xbox One, now I get this for free on PS4 and Vita?!
    Hell yeah!!!

    Also, there was a lot of good stuff in that blog post. Very funny.

  • Omg all those uncut playable characters who came up with those ideas?

  • I knew STFU wasnt a coincidence !!

    So as South Harmon Institute of Technology

  • For a second I was interested because of the lively illustration that headed the article. I thought maybe a fun, vibrant, animated style third person shooter…..but NO, yet another sprite based 2D indie game.
    “Move along folks, nothing new to see here”

  • Am I the only one lamenting the fact that ratchet isn’t in this? I mean he’s an obvious choice! Ryno V and all. Still the game looks awesome!

  • Im surprised Im looking forward to this

  • Can you please make a sequel and call it :
    Space Heroes In Time
    That would be some sweet $#!*

  • Can´t wait to play it… Also, if it had been call Super Time Defenders it would have been awesome: “Look guys, I got STD!” ….lolz

  • Can’t wait to grab this on PS4, loved it on PC and will have a blast going through it again. You guys are awesome, excited to get Below in my grubby hands and am always holding out hope that we might see a Clash of Heroes sequel someday. All the best!

  • I rarely comment on the blog but I just had to for this article. I’ve been interested in playing the game and now you made it even sweeter by adding it to PS+. So thank you very much for that.

    Also, this is the funniest article I’ve ever read. Found myself laughing out loud numerous times which I didn’t expect.

  • Arriving on my birthday. Couldn’t ask for a better present for my Vita!

  • I am waiting for STFU before I get/play the game

  • I’m extremely immature, so I wish you had went with Super Time Defenders, haha. I also wish you left in Jesus and normal house cat. Maybe you can add Jesus as dlc, hopefully with a nail gun for a weapon?

  • Sorry but this game, should be “blue comment deleted”.
    And for me, it is games like these, that give Indie’s a bad reputation to some, as an uninspiring cash grab.
    (Or soon to be free Plus game, that supposedly got voted for)

    When there are games like Lily Looking Through, being offered for less than $1 on Humble Bundle right now, that I would have chosen to add, instead of this one.

  • This game is going to kick all sorts of ass.

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