The brick-breaking action of Shatter is being revived for modern consoles and hardware, with Shatter Remastered Deluxe coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in September 2022.
Shatter was great, when it came out in 2009. A revival of Breakout and Arkanoid-style arcade ball bouncing and brick breaking, it amped up the gameplay a huge amount, lavished it with stylish visuals that were right on the button for the time, and had a thumping soundtrack (which I’m listening to right this second) to go with it. It was a real highlight of the PlayStation Store’s early years and burgeoning indie scene, before bouncing over the Windows, Mac and Linux via Steam.
That PC release brought with it some bonus gameplay modes including Endless, Boss Rush, Time Attack, and co-play for Endless and Time Attack.
So, would you believe that Shatter Remastered Deluxe is all of that, but spruced up a bit for newer consoles?
Making the jump to new consoles, the remaster will get the game running at up to native 4K and 120FPS, depending on the platform. Compared to the PS3, that’s nine times the original 720p resolution and double the 60fps frame rate. PikPok has also fine-tuned some of the gameplay, and remixed the soundtrack for 5.1 surround sound.
“When we launched the original Shatter in 2009, we were blown away by the critical acclaim and success, and the industry recognition and awards were confirmation we had succeeded in our goal of reinventing the brick-breaking genre,” said Mario Wynands, CEO, PikPok. “As a recognized ‘modern retro’ classic, we are excited to now bring Shatter Remastered Deluxe to a contemporary audience taking advantage of all the capabilities of the consoles of today.”
Source: press release, Shatter