Hi everyone! We get a lot of questions from people asking us when Riptide GP2 is coming out. I know, we've just been all mysterious, saying "this summer", or "Summer '13" and people are like, what? June? August? September???
Well.... I can't say exactly, but we're shooting for something in the July timeframe. Ultimately, what it comes down to is we're going to release the game when we feel like it's done.
What I can say is, the game is shaping up nicely. We've got all the new jet skis -- sorry, "hydro jets" -- done. And I'm really happy with them -- they're way higher poly than the vehicles from the first RGP, they have cooler details, there's more of them, and there are some funky new ones that look totally different from the first game.
Also a lot of the tracks / environments are done. Our goal is to have more variety than the first game, and we totally have that. Now we're just adding a last couple of tracks and polishing the bejeezus out of the ones we have.
The big piece of the puzzle still being worked on is the progression tuning. Riptide GP2 has a whole career mode, where you earn money to buy new hydro jets or upgrade the ones you already own, experience points to upgrade your character, and stars (or maybe we'll change that to something else?) to unlock new races and events. It all works, but we need to play with it more and tune it so the progression and challenge feels good.
And of course there's a lot of general gameplay tuning and polishing. We are playing multiplayer matches every day at the office to make sure the whole game feels tight and delicious.
So don't fear -- the final game is not far off. Just a little more content, a little more polish, and about a month or so of hard work and we'll be good to go! Stay tuned...