This probably isn't the WipEout news you were expecting today. We'd seen recent rumours surrounding an alleged upcoming entry - believed to be heading to PS5 and PSVR 2 - and now, we've got WipEout Rush, a brand-new game coming to iOS and Android in early 2022.
Announced through IGN, this release comes from mobile developer Rogue Games, utilising a comic book aesthetic. Featuring 60 ships from WipEout's history, it comes with a single-player campaign that takes place across 12 championship cups, utilising five new environments.
WipEout Rush Is Coming To Mobiles Early Next Year
Utilising a card-based system, it's unclear at this time how that'll work. On Rogue's official website, they've stated:
For fans of the series, Wipeout Rush is bringing loads of new lore through collectables and story. Players will be able to unlock collectable cards to learn more about the ships, teams, pilots, and tracks of the Wipeout world as they progress through an engaging single-player campaign told through exciting animated comics. Wipeout Rush will include both Quick Race and Championship Cup game modes complete with 5 different tracks, 60 iconic Wipeout ships, a wide range of familiar weapons, 12 Championship Cups each with their own boss, and bundles of collectables.
Furthermore, during IGN's initial announcement, Rogue's CEO Matt Casamassina - who was also one of IGN's co-founders - gave us this outline:
We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because—although different—we’re proud to bring the WipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula. And we’ve poured a lot of love into the presentation, which includes loads of iconic ships and tracks, a new comic book-inspired narrative, a fitting electronica soundtrack, and gorgeous visuals that run at 60 frames per second on modern hardware.
Evidently, he's aware this won't be the WipEout experience some fans were hoping for and at the time of writing, Rush's trailer sits at 257 likes to 1k dislikes.
However, if you're waiting on a new console entry, there could be good news. Having reported the previous rumour, Shpeshal_Nick has now gone on record stating "Before anyone asks, no, this isn’t the return of Wipeout I was referring to." We'll keep you informed as we learn more.