Hi everyone, I’m Sean Walsh from VooFoo Studios and I’m really proud to exclusively announce that Mantis Burn Racing will be coming to PS4 on October 12. If you’re a fan of really fun, highly competitive racing games, we’re hoping you’ll be as excited by the news as we are.
Mantis Burn Racing is an arcade style top-down racer with stunning visuals, a comprehensive single-player career mode, and a deep, RPG-style upgrade system.
This is a game that we’ve wanted to make for a long time and, as the first game we’re publishing ourselves, we’re super-excited to be finally nearing our launch date. Those of you who know us will know we’re a small but passionate team who strive to make games that are among the very best in their genre; our intentions have been the same with Mantis Burn Racing. As with all our previous games, the game was built using our own in-house game and graphics engine, a fact that always seems to pleasantly surprise and — dare I say it — impress people.
We set out around 18-months ago armed with a life-long appreciation for many of the classic top-down racing games that some of you may know and love, and a determination to create a game that takes the genre further by introducing what we believe are some really great modern updates.
We wanted Mantis Burn Racing to be a credible, visually impressive, top-down racing game that is really fun to play competitively with friends, so we’re offering four-player local split-screen racing. We’ve had many conversations with gamers at events like PAX West, Gamescom, and EGX and we know this is a feature that many people really miss from games, so we’re happy to be bringing that back, along with multiple online modes for up to eight players.
While Mantis Burn Racing is certainly an arcade style racer, we use what we call “fun physics” to add depth and an element of real-world physics to the vehicles’ handling that makes each of the three classes of vehicle in the game feel and perform differently. Lightweight dune-buggies accelerate fast and feel agile, mid-weight road-racers have better grip and are more versatile, and our mammoth six-wheeler trucks are heavy and strong and are able to smash through barriers to create all important short-cuts.
With such diverse vehicles competing side by side in the same race, the racing is fast-paced and highly competitive as you jump the sand dunes of sun-scorched Sand Town or burn rubber on the asphalt city streets of New Shangri-la.
One of the other stand-out features of the game is the progression system. You earn XP in all areas of the game including the comprehensive 20-hour single-player career. This unlocks both visual and performance upgrades for your vehicles using a RPG-style slot system. Each vehicle has up to 18 upgrade slots available that allow you to customize your vehicles’ suspension, gear-box, engine, tires, and boost. With thousands of possible vehicle variations, the game allows you to fine tune your vehicles to your exact preference and playing style.
We want Mantis Burn Racing to challenge every aspect of your driving ability so there are nine different event types, including Knockout, Accumulator, Overtake, and Time Trial that are all playable in both the single-player campaign and online. We can also confirm that the game will be running at 4K resolution on PlayStation Pro at a targeted 60 frames per second for crystal-clear high definition racing!
Thanks for reading, we hope you’re excited for the launch of the game and we look forward to seeing you out on the tracks October 12! If you have any questions please let us know in the comments and we’ll do our very best to answer them.