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Slipstream marks 5th anniversary with free “blue hour” expansion coming soon

Slipstream marks 5th anniversary with free “blue hour” expansion coming soon

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2023Tagged: Gaming, ID@Xbox, Xbox DLC, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X|S

Spanish indie publisher Blitworks (@BlitWorks) and Brazilian indie developer ANSDOR (@ansdor) will launch a free content expansion called “blue hour” later this year to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their popular arcade racer Slipstream. The expansion will launch this Summer on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch consoles and PC, along with native releases on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. The expansion will add 2 game modes, 3 cars and 5 new tracks with their own music tracks.

Slipstream marks 5th anniversary with free “blue hour” expansion coming soon

All the new tracks are set in real world locations, more specifically in exotic or unexpected locations in Europe: Marseille, Pompeii, Transylvania, Granada and Edinburgh. Ansdor's skills have improved a lot since 2018 and he also added many new features to the Slipstream engine, and the new tracks make heavy use of them, like a fog system, a dynamic lighting system that allows cars’ headlights to illuminate the track in real time. The expansion looks like an early 32-bit game, while the original was more like a late 16-bit game. As a natural technical evolution, he wanted to try new techniques and do artistic experiments that weren't possible in the original.

On the music side, Effoharkay's goal was to maintain some consistency of the same synthy vapor OST but without relying on synth sounding instruments. Most of the songs were inspired by the eccentric electric club-ish racing tunes of Ridge Racer 4, Need for Speed, and Wipeout. He wanted it to be pulsing and driving and diverse, while not worrying about pristine production quality or structure.

Slipstream is already on Xbox, PlayStation 4|5 and Nintendo Switch at a price of $9.99 / 8.99 EUR. The new “blue hour” expansion will arrive later this year!

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