'Psychedelic shooter' Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to Vita

Italian indie game is inspired by retro game Uridium

Futuridium EP Deluxe, a "psychedelic shoot 'em up", has been confirmed for PlayStation Vita.

The game is the work of two-person Italian indie outfit MixedBag, and is described as an "homage to the retro classic Uridium, a 2D top-down shoot' em up by Andrew Braybrook, one of our favourite Commodore 64 games from the '80s."

The player controls a starship pilot lost in a dimensional loop. Your energy bar is constantly depleting and can only be topped up by flying over massive enemy dreadnoughts and destroying the power cubes located on them.

When the cubes are destroyed the dreadnought's power core is revealed: destroying that takes you to the next ship.

"You have no power-ups and limited control over your speed," said MixedBag co-founder Mauro Fanelli on the PlayStation Europe Blog, "so you can only count on your reflexes, your dual lasers, the nimbleness of you starship and the ability to turn 180 on the spot, an essential ability to navigate on the intricate passages on the dreadnoughts.

"The gameplay is heavily score based - you can gain big multiplier destroying cubes and chain cubes together to get huge score boost. You can play it safe, but only taking big risks and learning the right path over the dreadnoughts will lead you to the top of the online leaderboards."

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Futuridium EP is already available on PC and Mac. According to Fanelli, the Deluxe Vita version will include the following new features:

  • New gameplay modes
  • New levels
  • New game mechanics
  • A graphic overhaul
  • More music
  • More speed
  • More enemies
  • Trophies
  • New ways to crash and explode in "a trillion colourful cubes"
  • Ultra silk smooth 60 frames per second action

A release date for Futuridium EP Deluxe has yet to be confirmed, but Fanelli promises more information will be provided in the coming weeks.