Gravity Crash Ultra hits PS Vita in July

Gravity Crash Ultra, an upgraded edition of developer Just Add Water's retro shooter Gravity Crash, will launch for PlayStation Vita this July, CEO Stewart Gilray announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

The original Gravity Crash initially launched for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Just Add Water decided to bring the multidirectional shooter to Vita after seeing how well the port of action adventure game Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath did on the handheld.

"At the time, I thought: 'This is where Gravity Crash belongs...'" Gilray said. "We pushed the PS Vita to its limits with the game and we wanted a name that screamed it: Gravity Crash Ultra."

Gravity Crash Ultra will include the mission editing and sharing features from the original game, with saves shareable with the PS3 version. Ultra also run at "a smooth-as-butter 60 frames per second" and will have upgraded lighting and particle effects to take better advantage of this. Developers have added a third ship for players to control, which has also allowed the studio to create three distinct difficulty levels. The user interface has been cleaned up and the ships' radar and mission notification systems have been simplified.

The soundtrack, created by game music producer Cold Storage, has also been given a remixed upgrade, and voice-overs and other audio have been updated.

Just Add Water is currently also working on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, an upgraded remake of of 1997 PC side-scrolling puzzle platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. New 'n' Tasty in development for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita.

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