A little while ago, we had unveiled that the famous Cruis’n game series was coming back to arcades via Raw Thrills and Nintendo. Thanks to those two companies, we have new official information to share with you today.
The Cruis’n Blast Cabinet
Let’s start off with an official render of the game cabinet that is expected to hit production. It is different from the location test versions and sports a design that is a little unusual for a modern racing game.
It seems to blend elements of the MotoGP cabinets with a cockpit racer. It also features a 43″ 1080p screen, graphics powered by an nVidia GTX 750 Ti (for 1080p@60FPS graphics), “over 1000” of RGB LED lights and a new “Thrill-D Blaster Sound System” that is capable of reproducing the “sound of an actual race.” This is the same sound system used in Jurassic Park so it will be heavy on the bass. There is also a boost button labelled “Blast” :
The Cruis’n Name
In the initial story and location test setup, the game was originally titled Cruis’n Adventure. After that, it was seen as Cruis’n Redline and the company also considered just using “Cruis’n”. After internal consideration, the final/production name is Cruis’n Blast (to convey excitement/explosions/fun).
The Card System
One element to the game that was tested out was an infrared scanning card system. This was promoted to collect cards as well as save/unlock content in the game. After testing, it was decided that the card system would be removed from the game and in it’s place is a keypad save system.
Compared To Fast N’ Furious
Raw Thrills is well known for their work in designing the Fast And The Furious games. They’ve got a lot of mileage out of the style and license, with four officially licensed games to use the FnF name (The Fast And The Furious; FnF Tokyo Drift; FnF Super Cars; FnF Super Bikes) and a couple of spin-offs (Super Bikes 2, Winter X Games Snocross). The formula for racing in these titles shared similarities with the original Cruis’n games including racing around different parts of the world and featuring open circuit track as opposed to closed circuit.
Cruis’n Blast is a “clean break” from FnF games by featuring “100% different code” and was put together by a different team. The team was aiming for more of a “joyride feel” compared to the FnF titles. Like Cruis’n World/Exotica and FnF Tokyo Drift/Super Cars, the roster of tracks has an international flare, the press release below mentioning locations such as: London, Madagascar, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore and Death Valley. Like FnF there are licensed vehicles although I believe the roster differs with high profile names like Lamborghini.
For the details that I’ve been quoting, you can refer to this official press release that I received. The game will be released to arcades worldwide in January 2017. As an FYI, the “first arcade exclusive release” mentioned here is actually referring to Nintendo I have confirmed so that essentially tells us what we need to know for now regarding a WiiU/NX port:
So there you have – official info and an official cabinet render, we have a solid idea of what the next Cruis’n game is going to be like. This will also be at IAAPA 2016 in November. What do you think about this upcoming title?