MX vs. ATV was a more than decent thrash on its initial outing across the mud splattered terrain of PS2 and Xbox earlier this year. Now, with a new version being - ahem - unleashed for PSP and PC in 2006, we managed to catch up with Rainbow's Rob Baumsteiger, to hear what the new PSP version of the game will offer.
Oh and we've also served up a rather nice selection of screens scattered around these pages for your delectation and pleasure. Enjoy.
So what's the story on MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge?
Rob Baumsteiger: MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge is the new PSP version of our hit Unleashed franchise. With the ability to play with your friends on wireless through Ad Hoc Wi-Fi you'll now be able to take the defining off-road racing game on the road, allowing you to challenge any off-road vehicle wherever and whenever you want. We bring everything from the PS2 version of the game into the handheld market. Plus you get new game modes as well as all-new vehicles.
So what can players expect in terms of multiplayer? Will there be infrastructure mode?
Rob Baumsteiger: While there won't be infrastructure mode, four players at a time will be able to connect and play thru ad hoc wi-fi. The game-play for a PSP racing title will be second-to-none.
Are there any plans for downloadable content such as custom tracks?
Rob Baumsteiger: At this point there aren't plans for downloadable content when the game is released.
In addition to wireless multiplayer, will the game feature PSP exclusive modes or challenges?
Rob Baumsteiger: Yes. We have added the Big Air Challenge game mode and have also created a handheld friendly unlocking scheme where unlockables will be more readily available throughout the game. When you win races you will continuously be unlocking stuff. In addition to this we have all-new vehicles for the game.
How many new vehicles and tracks will the game feature?
Rob Baumsteiger: There are 8 new tracks and 7 new vehicles for the game, plus five new Big Air Challenge tracks, two all-new Supercross tracks, one all-new National track and finally two Motocross Bikes, two ATV's, one Monster Truck and two Golf Carts
Is there one particular area that's been greatly improved upon since the last game?
Rob Baumsteiger: I wouldn't necessarily say there is one particular area that has improved more than another but that the overall game has many improvements. We're really looking forward to bringing the gameplay fans love in the Unleashed franchise to a handheld system as accessible as the PSP. Being able to play your favorite racing game on your PSP and compete against other players via multiplayer is awesome. That's what we're giving racing fans.
What do you expect players will enjoy most?
Rob Baumsteiger: Being able to take their favorite franchise on the road with them without having to sacrifice the quality and gameplay they have come to know and love is without a doubt the thing we're looking forward to most.