- Nnooo Creative Director Nic Watt
has announced today on Sony's blog alongside a video trailer that EscapeVektor launches on the PS Vita handheld console this Tuesday.
Below are the details, to quote: We're happy to bring you information about escapeVektor, a new game coming to PlayStation Vita from Australian independent developer Nnooo.
Vektor is trapped inside your CPU and needs your help to escape! Each node (level) consists of a series of interconnected lines which form cells. These are claimed as Vektor moves along them.
Claiming all of the cells in a node unlocks the exit to the next node, bringing Vektor closer to his escape. Watch out because the CPU sets up obstacles and sends out its army to destroy him.
There are four main abilities to unlock and use in escapeVektor.
This ability allows you to destroy enemies which get too close. If you can escape a node without detonating you'll earn a star! Getting stars on all the nodes is going to be tricky.
Boost allows you to travel much faster than normal for short periods of time.
This is a much faster version of boost which drains boost energy even quicker!!
Boostenate is Vektor's most powerful ability which not only invincible for short periods of time you also travel at Super Boost speeds while doing so! Now those pesky enemies are no longer a threat.
Vektor will also periodically upgrade one of your abilities making your detonate radius larger, allow you to hold more detonation pips or Boost energy, make Super Boost faster or allow Boostenate to drain boost energy and detonation pips slower.
There are 150 nodes in escapeVektor spread across 27 zones (worlds). Some nodes have second exits in them which open up different routes through the game. These secret exits and routes will allow you to explore more of Vektor's world and uncover shortcuts to other nodes in the game.
There are many different enemy types to watch out for: Patrols, Hunters, Interceptors, Locusts and Munchers are all hiding away in nodes trying to hinder Vektor's escape. For example, Patrols will stick to their patrol route. Learn it and you can easily avoid them. Munchers are super fast and will consume lines you've colored, changing them back to normal!
There are also a variety of objects you can interact with. Electric Fences will destroy you and enemies on contact so try to work out how to turn them off before you pass through them or try to trick an enemy into passing through one which is turned on! Cannons will ﬁre bullets out in patterns so dodge them when you can.
Every node in the game has a leaderboard allowing you to compete with other players. You can ﬁlter this by:
• Location - Players nearby via 'near'
• Competitors - Players from across the world who are closest to you in score
• Friends - Your friends
Every time you set a personal best on a node you'll earn a Wildcard. Use a Wildcard before starting a node and if you complete that node you'll double your score! These doubled scores will also be uploaded to the leaderboards.
Each time you earn a Wildcard the game will also drop a 'near' Wildcard gift in your current location allowing people who are nearby to earn more Wildcards in the game.
At Nnooo we like to try to take advantage of the unique features of each platform we work
on. With the PS Vita version of the game, we added the following features to enhance the experience:
• 'near' Wildcard gifts - As detailed above these allow users to gain extra chances to double their points!
• 'near' location based leaderboards - So you can compete with those around you
• 3G data connection - So you can drop gifts and update the leaderboards when out and about
• Enhanced camera controls using the Gyro sensor - Just tilt your PlayStation Vita up/down or left/right to see more of the gameworld
• Touch controls - Tap a node to select it and tap it again to enter it. Drag to pan around the zone and node select screens to explore the map quickly and easily
• Live area updates as you play - The live area of escapeVektor keeps a tally of your medals, stars, score, Vektor's version level and the last few bits of story. This way if you've not played in a while you can see the where you were without having to boot the game!
• 60 frames per second gameplay! With the great power of the • PlayStation Vita this version of escapeVektor is the smoothest, slickest version yet!
escapeVektor launches on PlayStation Vita on January 22nd for $9.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get a 20% discount until February 5th.