Friday
Aug152014

Beach Buggy Racing Coming in September

When we originally announced Beach Buggy Racing™ at Google I/O, our plan was to release it in August. At least that's what we told everybody. But the game just keeps getting better the more we work on it, and we have decided to push it back another month to give us more time to make it really solid before we ship.

So our new ship estimate is "September 2014".

We're shooting for mid-September, but it's possible it'll be a little later. We'll announce a specific date a couple of weeks before it actually ships.

But wait, there's more!

For those of you who just can't wait to get your hands on our newest creation, we are going to open up a public Beta test period sometime in the next 2 weeks.  During this time you'll be able to play the almost-finished game and give feedback directly to the team.  

This public Beta is only going to be available to Android users, at least at first.

Stay tuned for a specific announcement and instructions on how to sign up for the Beta, and play Beach Buggy Racing before anybody else!

Wednesday
Jul232014

Beach Buggy Fan Art Contest

 

Excited about Beach Buggy Racing™? So are we!

We're hard at work finishing our new game, but in the meantime we got our hands on some awesome prizes, so it's time to have another awesome contest!

If you can draw, paint, sculpt, collage, glue macaroni, arrange fruit, etc. … we would love to see your Beach Buggy fan art.  Send us your picture of your favorite character or car -- or invent a whole new fantasy character or sweet ride! 

We’re giving away:

4 - Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad (works with Android, PC, Mac, Smart Devices)

6 - Beach Buggy Blitz t-shirts

20 - Beach Buggy Blitz “Super Pack”s worth 25,000 in-game coins

Winners for physical prizes (Gamepads and T-Shirts) will be determined by our team based on which pieces we would actually hang on our office walls (because we’re gonna!). But everyone who enters will have a chance to win a Super Pack of coins, whether or not your art gets picked!

Post pictures of your original works (or digital renditions thereof) online, then enter our contest with the link before Wednesday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Submit a link to your artwork using this form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Void where prohibited. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Physical prizes are limited to United States and European Union countries.  Contest is open to to people 13 years or older; if you are under 13, your entry may be submitted by a parent or guardian. At our discretion, we may substitute prizes for similar items. Winners will be contacted by a Vector Unit staff member upon being selected and will be expected to respond to that staff member within 24 hours, else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Vector Unit’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners agree that their names and  images may be used for promotional purposes by Vector Unit.

Monday
Jun232014

Beach Buggy Racing™ Speeding to Mobile

Vector Unit Brigning Seat of Your Pants Kart Racing with Split Screen Co-Op to Mobile

San Francisco – June, 24, 2014 – Independent game developer Vector Unit Inc. announced today the launch of its latest mobile driving game Beach Buggy Racing for Android, iOS and Amazon devices.  The second in the popular Beach Buggy game series, which has had over 30 million downloads worldwide, Beach Buggy Racing pits players against each other in an action-packed world of playful, off-road kart-racing mayhem.

Players race to the finish line around 12 richly detailed tracks, through dinosaur infested jungles, lava-spewing volcanoes, sun-kissed beaches and mysterious swamps.  Tracks are filled with secret shortcuts, and magical powerups that boost, smash, shoot and bounce drivers to the front of the pack.  New drivers can be unlocked and recruited, each with a unique character ability, like teleportation, flaming fire tracks and Tiki spells.  Players can also collect and customize new vehicles for the ultimate thrill ride on sand, ice, fire and more!

“This is the sequel 30 million Beach Buggy Blitz players have been waiting for,” says Ralf Knoesel, Vector Unit’s co-founder and CTO.  “Beach Buggy Racing shares the first game’s amazing off-road driving action and totally destructible environments, but now we’ve put all that in a full-fledged racing game with tons of new game modes.”

And what kart racing game would be complete without split screen play?  By connecting two to four Bluetooth game controllers, players can compete shoulder to shoulder to shoulder on a single device in Beach Buggy Racing’s thrilling Split Screen game mode.  Players can also challenge Facebook friends online and earn achievements with Google Play Game Services (Android), Game Center (iOS), and GameCircle (Amazon).

A challenging and addictive kart-racing adventure for all ages, Beach Buggy Racing will be totally free to play on Android, iOS, and Amazon Kindle devices later this summer.  

Attendees can get a sneak preview of Beach Buggy Racing’s split screen mode at Google I/O this week on the 3rd floor at Moscone West in San Francisco!


Monday
Apr072014

Riptide GP2 Steam Update #1: Multiplayer Improvements!

We just released our first update to the Steam version of Riptide GP2, which includes a handful of asked-for feature enhancements and a few minor fixes.

All users are strongly encouraged to update to this latest version, since you'll need it to enjoy online multiplayer games on Riptide GP2 going forward.  But also becasue it's awesome.

The largest enhancement is an improved Online Multiplayer QuickMatch Mode:

  • Allows you to see who else is in the Lobby with you. 
  • Allows you to join a Match that's in progress at the next Race start. 
  • Shows you the status of each racer while you're waiting. 
  • Allows up to 6 players to race simultaneously!

These improvements and others should make it a LOT easier to join multiplayer matches, and to get matches going with 4, 5, and 6 players.

Highlights - Update 1 (Apr 7, 2014):

  • Added Multiplayer Waiting Room for Quick Match 
  • Fixed Cloud Sync issue for save data. You can now sync properly on multiple machines. 
  • Increased MP Stability 
  • Graphical enhancements 
  • Art improvements 
  • Economy tweaks to rider progression 
  • Various other bug fixes

Full Changes - Update 1 (Apr 7, 2014):

  • Waiting Room Screen for matchmaking 
  • Cloud Sync fix 
  • Added fresnel term compute to jetski paint shader 
  • UI focus state bug fixes 
  • Removal of unnecessary UI text 
  • Helmet tweak 
  • Rider female model tweak for shoulder and groin 
  • Rider Shoulder texture and mesh tweaks 
  • Updated Display Settings 
  • QuickMatch now tries to join you in lobbies with people from your friends list, if found. 
  • Render state cache bug fix and performance improvement 
  • Attract mode camera target bug fixed 
  • Adjustments to the starting grid 
  • Cross-version incompability enforcement added

Thank you!

Thank you for all the great feedback! We maintain a prioritized list of issues that are reported by our players so don't hesitate to hit is up for fixes, changes, etc. in the Steam Riptide GP2 Official Game Group Discussion Forums!

Thursday
Mar202014

Riptide GP2 Announced for Xbox One & PS4

Our flagship racer Riptide GP2 will be coming later this spring to Xbox One and Playstation 4.  

Like the Steam version, this enhanced version of RGP2 features improved graphics, online multiplayer, split screen multiplayer, ghost racing (VR Challenge), and of course all the excitement you know and love in Riptide GP2.  We'll also have full support for Xbox Live and PSN features like leaderboards and achievements/trophies.

Oh, and did we mention it runs at a silky smooth 60fps at 1080p on both consoles?

The Xbox One version was revealed at GDC this week.  In particular, players and press reacted positively to one amazing feature -- split screen multiplayer with six -- count'em, six! -- simultaneous racers.  Riptide GP2 is actually the first 3d racing game EVER to support 6 player split screen.  You have to see it to believe it.

Dan Hsu from Gamesbeat tweeted this pic and comment regarding the 6-player mode: