A Sampling of Secrets from Riptide GP: Renegade, Out July 26

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A Sampling of Secrets from Riptide GP: Renegade, Out July 26

When we started development on Riptide GP: Renegade, our goal was to push the series more in the direction of the classic arcade racers we loved growing up: games like Hydro Thunder, Daytona USA, and the Rush series. From the beginning we knew this Riptide GP had to be more over the top, more action-packed, and… well, just generally more ridiculous.

One thing we love about those classics are all the secrets you can uncover. We packed a lot into Riptide GP: Renegade, and I want to share a few of them with you here so you can hit the ground running when the game comes out July 26 on PS4.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Shortcuts
Every level in Renegade has at least one or two shortcuts. Some are easy and shave a little time off your lap, others are hard but can jump you to the front of the pack when you’re willing to take a risk. Explore every level to find them all, and watch other players online for clues.

One of the harder to find shortcuts is in Fountain Park, just after the fork with the big bonsai tree. Instead of following the water, drive up the wall under the bridge, and you’ll break through the fence onto the upper fountain level.

Collect All the Easter Eggs
In Renegade there is an easter egg hidden on every single level — a literal Easter Egg. Find and collect all of them, and you’ll unlock the coveted “Chicken Head” player decal to show off to your friends. (Tip: You can track your egg collection on the Stats screen.)

References to Our Other Games
Scattered throughout Renegade are numerous references to previous Vector Unit games. Fans will recognize locations, characters, and images from earlier Riptide GP games, the Beach Buggy Blitz series, and even our first game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

Inside Jokes in the Story
This is the first game in the Riptide GP series with a story mode. Not only is it an epic tale of betrayal and revenge, it also has a bunch of references to games, movies, and game development. For example, the robot character 0xDEADBEEF is an old programming joke — it’s “hexspeak” for uninitialized memory. The robot chose its name as a gag reference to its own hacked AI code.

Big Head Mode
Here’s a recipe for good times: a few friends, Riptide GP: Renegade split screen multiplayer, and a secret (yet strangely familiar) code to unlock Big Head mode. On the title screen, enter UUDDLRLR on the Left Stick or D-Pad and then hit X. You’ll get a confirmation sound and jump into the main menu. Let the hilarity ensue!

These are just a few of the secrets hidden in Riptide GP: Renegade. Please let us know what you think when the game comes out. I hope you have as much fun exploring the game as we had making it. See you online!

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  • Will definitely be trying this out, love arcade racers and we definitely need more of them on PS4 and I still go back to play hydro thunder hurricane every so often!

    • Demo? What about MP? split-screen, online? Price?
      Looks cool

    • Thanks very much!

    • As for Kornkid52’s questions, there’s no demo, yes to multiplayer – both online (up to 8 players) and split screen (up to 4). Price will be USD $14.99.

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  • Oh yeah, Riptide’s back, baby! :D

  • Any chance for wheel support? Loved Hydro Thunder Hurricane on 360 with a wheel. I’m getting this either way though!

    • The initial release at least won’t have wheel support, sorry. For one thing the controls in this game are much more twitchy than they were in Hydro Thunder, since you are on a quick-turning hydrojet. See how you like it. If we get enough requests for wheel support it’s something we probably would add in an update!

  • So, this is being developed for Android and iOS as well, can we get a vita copy?

  • I hope this game is great. Looking forward to it.

  • To this day Hydro Thunder is still one of my all time favorite arcade machines.

  • Please consider a Vita version for this title. I’ve always enjoyed Hydro Thunder on the 360.

  • I’m hyped because of Easy Allies. They brought this cool series to light.

  • Yay, a successor to Jet Moto!

  • I sincerely miss secrets like cheat codes — so having things such as big-head mode make me extremely happy! I hope it’s not the only secret code in the game :)

    • There might be one or two others. But we can add more in upates too. What are some of your favorite secret codes, or what kinds of codes would you love to see?

  • Awesome! Didn’t even know Riptide was getting a sequel, but I’m glad it is! Everyone I know who plays this agrees GP plays well, it just lacked personality. Whether we’re talking the pure, summer time fun of Wave Race 64, the over-the-top exaggerated color & energy of Hydro Thunder, or the crazy mayhem and huge setpieces of Splashdown 2: Rides Gone Wild, Riptide GP2 just lacked that kind of thing. It was a lot more sterile; very clean, but maybe too much. I’m really happy to hear this new one is pushing even more arcadey :D

    • Thanks for your feedback! That was sort of our thinking too…we wanted to bring more personality into Riptide GP, but without losing what we liked about the intiial games. One big part of it is the new characters — there are 9 characters you can play with, ranging from more serious looking armored riders to astronauts and bathing suit ravers.

  • Is there a trailer available anywhere, Vector Unit? I believe I heard your studio has some ex-Pandemic & ex-Stormfront people over there, so I’m always on the lookout for whatever you’re putting out next. Wanna see this in action!

    • Yeah, the trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUL2cGZ4O6w
      (Note it says available now but it’s actually available tomorrow :-D )
      Ralf and Matt, the co-founders of Vector Unit, met while working at Stormfront. And over the years there have been a number of ex-Stormfront people who have worked here!

  • Will it be available also in the EU PS Store?

    • Yes, it should be available the same day (26 July). It supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian languages.

  • Trophy list?

    • We haven’t posted yet, but you’ll find out soon. And there’s a Platinum too! We took feedback from our last games so none of the trophies are too grindy.

  • wish they made another “Splashdown”

  • I just bought the game (thanks for the bargain price & 20% discount too) and I already love the game! Kept that classic water feel which is great! Such a huge fan of this series. My only complaint is it seems to be region blocked, which means my boyfriend and I can’t multiplay together (he’s in UK, I’m in US), however we can at least do the challenge modes (ghost riding). Overall, super happy so far!

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