- Vlambeer's Rami Ismail
announced that Luftrausers launches today on PS3 and PlayStation Vita platforms with details below.
To quote: We started Luftrausers halfway through 2011, when Jan Willem
at Vlambeer was staring out of a window on a late flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam after the annual Game Developers Conference. He decided he wanted to expand on a little prototype we made back in 2010.
The pitch Jan Willem had for me was simple: the prototype had been made in two days, but had been played by hundreds of thousands of people. Jan Willem felt we might've run into something special with the simple high score game we had released for free to the internet. We started working on the very first version of our little 2D dogfighting game in just four colors.
We made a deal not to play the original until the new version was as good as we remembered the original to be, and we were surprised at how much of a struggle that was.
We added bigger explosions, we worked on a dynamic camera system, we added trails of smoke on crashing jets, and we even added extra colors to the palette. It still took us almost a month to achieve the same level of speed, of chaos, and of impact that the far simpler...