Ask Vector Unit Anything on Reddit, Thursday 7/18

The Vector Unit team will host an IAMA session on Reddit Thursday, July 18, at 12noon Pacific Time.  

For the first time anywhere we'll be announcing the official launch date for our upcoming game Riptide GP2!  We'll also answer your questions about the game, about our other games, about mobile and console game development, about the trials and tribulations of indie game development, about Android and iOS, about our favorite burritos, about ... well, really about anything.  All you have to do is show up and start asking!  

The offical Reddit names of the Vector Unit team hosting the AMA are:

  • VectorRalf (Ralf Knoesel)
  • VUMatt (Matt Small)
  • TimmUnit (Timm Sewell)
  • Zypherman (Matthew Bryant)

 The post will be from one of these accounts.  Accept no substitutes!

We'll update this with a link to the actual AMA post once it goes up.

See you there!


New gameplay vids for Riptide GP2

No introduction really necessary here.  Just watch.  OK?  Just...shhh...just watch.



Bow Before the Hydro Jets of Riptide GP2!

Riptide GP2 offers a ton of awesome new content, not least of which is a whole slew of brand new super-fast hydro jets!  You'll recognize some old favorites in this new trailer, as well as some new additions:

Not only are the new hydro jets more detailed than in RGP1, not only are they faster, but you can also upgrade their performance and customize their look!

Contest Time!

On top of all of this, we're announcing a contest to help us rename one of the hydro jets .. the Spinner. This is one of the fastest jets in Riptide GP2, with kind of a retro vibe to it.  And yet we're not crazy about the original name we came up with...Spinner. 

That's why we're announcing this contest!

We're asking your help to come up with a new and totally awesome name for this hydro jet.  We'll pick our favorite name out of all the entrants, and the person who suggests it will get their name in the game credits, and win a wireless Bluetooth Nyko PlayPad Pro!  And even if your suggestion doesn't get picked, we have nine more PlayPads and PlayPad pros to give out to people who enter!

Contest is open from June 28 to July 5.  See the contest page for all the rules and details.

Good luck!  And may the best name win!



Riptide GP2 Multi-Player Awesome-Sauce

Want to see what multi-player racing looks like in Vector Unit's upcoming Riptide GP2?  Well my friends your desires are answered in this awesome video of a real, live multi-player match on 3 different Android devices using Google Play game services:


Vector Unit dives into Google Play game services

San Francisco, CA – May 15, 2013 — Vector Unit, the indie game developer known for top-selling mobile racing titles Beach Buggy Blitz™, Riptide GP™ and Shine Runner™, announced at Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, that all its games will offer full support for Android’s new Google Play game services starting immediately.

“We love to connect players in our games, but until recently on Android there have been a lot of competing social platforms without a single standout,” says Vector Unit CEO Matt Small. “Google Play game services offer a unifying platform that every Android gamer can join easily, has all the features we could want, and that we as developers can support without worrying about whether it’s going to still be around in 2 years.”

The company’s premium water racing titles, Riptide GP and Shine Runner, and its popular free-to-play “endless driver” Beach Buggy Blitz, all receive updates today that allow users to log in with their Google accounts to earn Achievements, post scores to Leaderboards, and sync their game progress using Cloud Save.

Vector Unit’s upcoming sequel Riptide GP2 is also showcased at Google I/O this week to demonstrate Google Play game services’ real-time multi-player capabilities. Google I/O attendees can play Riptide GP2 this week in the Sandbox on the third floor, and also with NVIDIA, where it’s being shown running with extra graphic features on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4-based Shield devices.

“Multi-player is a major focus of Riptide GP2,” explains Ralf Knoesel, Vector Unit’s CTO. “Google Play game services provide a robust and easy to use real-time multi-player experience. The elegant invitations and notifications allow players to easily connect with their friends to show off their hydro jet racing skills.”

Riptide GP2 is due to be released on Android and iOS this summer. In addition to multi-player gameplay, the game features a new deeper career mode, player and hydro jet customization, and a stunt combo system with dozens of spectacular stunts.

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