Arcade racer Riptide GP: Renegade hits PS4 on 26th July

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Everything you need to know about Vector Unit’s upcoming title

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 26th July on PS4.

Riptide GP: Renegade

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.

Riptide GP: Renegade

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.)

Riptide GP: Renegade

References to our other games

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

Riptide GP: Renegade

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.

Riptide GP: Renegade

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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  • How much is it?
    How many players online?
    How many courses?

    • While im not sure about the european/uk pricing yet, i do know that the developers themselves had posted the US price (of $14.99) on one of the trailers as a reply to someone asking the same question, so hopefully the price conversion is close enough to the US pricing, should be good value overall then :P

      The amount of players that can race together online is 8, there is also 4 player local splitscreen.

      The amount of courses in the game is something I dont know of yet, but im hopeful for around the same or slightly more than what GP2 had (which was around 10-12 I believe)

  • What a lovely surprise! I bought Riptide GP 2 on a whim after I heard it was made by the same studio as Hydro Thunder Hurricane and was super-satisfied with it, so this is an instant buy! Many thanks!

    (Also, please, please, please make a spiritual successor to SF Rush 2049! I know Distance is supposed to be coming, but that seems an extension of obstacle mode, and I need me some well crafted levels with epic shortcuts and magically reversible tracks, who else would make it?!)

    • Yeah, GP2 was a pleasant surprise for me as well! definitely looking forward to Renegade!

      Distance on the PC (which I have) is mainly ‘survival; in a sense that every track has obstacles, but they are well crafted in various ways, it’ll have time attack based online multiplayer as well as a few extra modes (such as a Tag mode) which is pretty fun, and the PC version also has a level editor, although if that’ll be feasible on console versions im not sure, but who knows! Just thought it would be helpful to clarify that a bit for you :)

    • Sorry for the double post (didnt realise the PS Blog doesnt have an edit post function) but i also echo your sentiments for a SF Rush 2049 successor, that game was really ahead of its time!

  • “Arcade” racer?
    You mean “Mobile” racer!

  • Hydro Thunder was pretty great. Totally getting this…

  • would love a new racing game for my vita.

  • What about putting the older version of riptide on Vita?
    Wipeout ran and looked great and that was a early title.

  • rockbrowemcep197

    thank you

  • Great timing, I just came from playing Riptide GP2 on my PC, and… it really wasn’t very good. I hope this iteration has been designed with controllers in mind, because my biggest complaint with GP2 was the digital steering obviously designed for mobile phones. With proper analog steering there could be some fun here.

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