When Super Time Force was released earlier in the year by developer Capybara Games, players found an enjoyable, retro-style hit (read our review). Its gameplay, a blend of Contra-esque firefights and Braid-style time-bending, created an incredibly unique and challenging adventure, and Super Time Force picked up an award for Best Game Innovation at the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards.
Unfortunately for some interested gamers, the title was initially limited to a release on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Although Capybara Games released Super Time Force for PC via Steam on August 25, with new levels, new characters and the new moniker Super Time Force Ultra, there was still no release for owners of Sony systems. They even released a free tie-in game based on The Expendables films on PC, but still no PlayStation love.
Yesterday however, we learned that fans will finally have the chance to play Super Time Force Ultra on both PS4 and PS Vita sometime next year. The news was revealed at Sony's PlayStation Experience event, as well as via PlayStation's Twitter account. The PS4 and PS Vita versions will be released in Spring on 2015, and will feature a particularly interesting new playable character - Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony's Worldwide Studios.
Yoshida will, of course, be a PlayStation-exclusive character, and Capybara Games has even taken the time to give his video game version some personalised moves. Yoshida, known for his open and communicative stance on social media, will help the Super Time Force team with his powers of weaponised emoticons and deadly hashtags and tweets. Speaking with Polygon, Capybara Games co-founder Nathan Vella revealed that Yoshida will attack using tweets of 10 characters or less, and that the team is currently sourcing Tweets in both English and Japanese.
Vella also revealed that the process of making Yoshida a playable character was relatively painless. Capybara Games was working on ways to make the PS4 and PS Vita versions of the title different from the versions that had gone before, and sent a mockup of Yoshida's character to Sony as a proposal. Sony apparently gave the all clear on the inclusion of the character in Super Time Force Ultra with very little issue.
The Capybara co-founder and President also took to the PlayStation blog to reveal the news. Vella stated that Capybara was "super proud" of the reception that Super Time Force had received since it was released, and that the release of the game for Sony systems was partly due to the "loud pleas to bring the game to PlayStation" that the team had received from fans. We're huge fans of the "single player co-op" title, and can't wait to see what other extra features the PS4 and PS versions will contain.
Super Time Force Ultra releases on PS4 and Vita sometime in 2015.