Formula Fusion is an anti-gravity racer for the PC from the developers of Wipeout

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Formula Fusion takes the breakneck speeds and acrobatic track designs of WipeOut, with all its loop the loops, corkscrews, and jumps, and adds to it an upgrade system, which sees you conscripting futuristic universities to research new gear for your car.

Fusion even has some of the original WipeOut team working on the racer.

The story goes that in 2025 most of the world is going to be wiped out in a nuclear war. It will take 50 years for civilisation to rebuild and, in that time, the wealth gap between rich and poor will widen to extremes. Out of the ashes vast universities will form. These mega academies will be the size of cities and employ most of the population. However, silver lining, this post nuclear war society will be big fans of WipeOut and so sink all their money and resources into developing anti-gravity racing.

The developers say that “the amount of speed you can gain is potentially open-ended; to the point of having an almost warp speed like quality.” In the later WipeOut games, like 2048, Sony Liverpool built a stripped down game mode called Zone. As you raced you got faster and faster until you were travelling too fast for the circuit, nothing slowed you down except for hitting the walls which damaged you. Even Zone had an upper speed limit, though.

Fusion’s been designed to closely mimic the look of WipeOut 2097, though with improved physics and handling. “Tracks will be designed with roller coaster style ‘heart in your throat’ moments making full use of cyclic 3600 rotation, extreme twists and inverted sections meaning the tracks will be staged to be more abstract and challenging than ever before,” they say. You’ll have to tackle “Corkscrews, Loops, Twists, Banking, Field Switches and Inverted jumps along with X-sections and flyovers.”

For the brave among you, R8 Games are adding a first-person “‘in-cockpit’ F1 VR style” view to the mix.

R8’s made up of ex Wipeout, Colin McRae, AutoClub Revolution, Carmageddon and Midnight Club developers.

Formula Fusion is currently looking for approval on Steam Greenlight. The team say, when it’s finished, it will have:

  • 7 themed zones – each containing 3 tracks and a final championship track resulting in 22 variations;

  • 10 National Racing Teams/ Research institutes – Each with different research specialties;

  • Branding and Graphic design from The Designers Republic – A perfect marriage of style and content;

  • Customisable Race Settings – Including Weather and TOD;

  • New Weapon Technology – Research new technology and adapt your own style of play;

  • New Game Modes and Meta Games – including an integrated Zone style mode and garage missions;

  • Local Split Screen and Synchronous multiplayer aspect – with Replay Ghost;

  • Team Research Garage – Craft upgrade mechanic and race analytics through the front end;

  • Records, Awards and eSPORTS Racing Leagues – through our eSports partner;

  • 5 unlockable Craft Classes, available at key upgrade/advance stages – including team specific AlienTech craft;

  • Potential VR Integration – for visceral cockpit action;

  • A Thumping Urban Soundtrack – From DubFX and CoLD SToRAGE.