Rez is described as a “rail shooter music video game” where the player travels a predetermined path. While advancing, the player must lock onto targets and get them out of the way. As the game advances, the only audio in the game, a heavy electronic track, slowly rises in level and evolves with the player. The player’s action determines the speed and tone of the music.
Generally speaking, Rez was widely received to great acclaim. It received an award from The Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Art Festival in its originating country of Japan. It was also one of the chosen Dreamcast games to be shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012.
Its track record and beloved gameplay obviously warranted a sequel, if not a remake. As such, Sega and Microsoft Game Studios gave the world Rez HD. Rez HD was released for then-current generation consoles, the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. As it goes, however, there just had to be a new generation of consoles. People slowly started asking for more Rez… and just as before, Sega delivered. This time with Sony in tow.
Rez Infinite has been in development since it was announced in October 2015, and the more we hear about it, the more we want it. Already announced for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, it is said that Rez Infinite will be a masterpiece. Only time will tell if this checks out!
At the Tokyo Game Show 2016, a number of outlets had the opportunity to try Rez Infinite and it garnered quite a bit of praise. Wired Magazine’s Chris Kohler calls the new “Area X” level a trippy, gorgeous experience.
Now, a new trailer showcasing some of the electronic goodness has released, and it really does look great.
Area X was originally announced by Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi at PlayStation Experience 2015, but footage and information were scarce until now. Thankfully, developers Enhance Games has revealed that Rez Infinite will also be taking advantage of the powerful specs of the PlayStation 4 Pro. As such, the game will be playable in Ultra High Definition 4K. Enhance Games promised that it will run at a smooth 60 frames per second too.
Perhaps the only caveat to the announcement is that this will only pertain to the five levels already planned for the game. Rez Infinite’s new level, Area X, will not support 4K until a later date. It has not been disclosed as to why this is the case (as it is a bit odd). My uninformed opinion is that they have been focused on creating an excellent VR experience rather than a 4K experience.
Rez Infinite will release later this year. Enhance Games has told Polygon that more information will release on 13 October, 2016.
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