Wreckfest is being polished up for PlayStation 5 and wil be running in 4K at 60fps along with some enhanced visuals. It will launch on June 1st and you can pick up the full game both digitally and a physical product for $39.99 / €39.99 / £34.99, but if you have the PS4 version of the game then the upgrade will cost you $9.99 / €9.99. They haven’t stated the GBP price but it should be slightly lower than £9.99.
I have just checked and although the Xbox version of Wreckfest is now £15 on Amazon, the PS4 version is completely sold out so you can’t buy that cheap and then pay for the upgrade.
Here is an overview of the added enhancements:
- Dynamic dirt on vehicles
- Improved shadows, particles, and environment lighting
- Higher resolution textures
- Increased amount of foliage
- New visual effects for skidmarks
- DualSense haptic effects
- Much faster loading times
Since launch, Wreckfest has received a number of free update as well as paid DLC expansions including a Season Pass loaded with vehicles and many, many customisation options. From racing lawnmowers to monster trucks, Wreckfest has a range of game modes and events that are generally aimed at having fun watching the advanced vehicle damage systems at play.
Thomas reviewed the game back in Augoust 2019 after Wreckfest made its long-awaited debut on consoles having spent a prolonged period in early access. Scoring the game a 9/10, here’s what he had to say:
What’s curious about Wreckfest is that it aims to mix the crash and burn gratification of the demolition derby type games with more serious racing games, creating an interesting hybrid of simulation and arcade racing in one petrol-infused experience.
When Wreckfest isn’t proving itself a capable racer, it’s also throwing you in a demolition derby filled with combine harvesters, or forcing you to wreck Reliant Robins while driving a school bus. The career mode throws some genuinely whacky scenarios in your direction and just lets you have unmitigated fun.
Wreckfest is a surprising triumph in blending the best that sim and arcade racers have to offer in an explosive and visually gratifying package. A few visual issues and overly aggressive AI do little to spoil one of the best driving games of 2019.
For those unfamiliar with Bugbear, this is the same Finnish studio that brought us Ride Racer: Unbounded, as well as FlatOut 2 and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.
Source: Press release