Hardware Rivals, the latest vehicular combat game announced for PS4, will be available January 5th of 2016. Rivals is the first sequel to the 2002 Playstation 2 title, Hardware: Online Arena. The game’s release shortly after Sony launched PS2’s online features made it one of the very first online Playstation games. Though the original was not reported a commercial success, Hardware is back after 13 years.
Developer, SCE Connected Content Group released the game’s official launch trailer earlier today. The multiplayer 3rd person shooter features a variety of play styles. Players may chose between armored tanks or “Fast Attack Vehicles” (FAVs). Revealed content thus far basically looks like Twisted Metal and Rocket League had a baby.
Hardware: Rivals is said to offer a range of battle modes and challenges, as well as weapon customization and decals. Cartoonish animations and collectible health packs scattered around the map appear to make for a light-hearted cruise through the world of vehicular manslaughter. The Beta was available to PS Plus subscribers on a “first-come, first-served” basis back in late September. Those who were able to obtain a download key also received an additional one for a friend. Could this now booming fad pave the way for more innovative car games? At this rate, perhaps we can expect a Car of Duty, or even Assassan’s Careed in the near future.