October 15, 2008 // 8:29 pm
- Per Mike Skinner
(Team RamRod) via PS Blog today:
Hello everyone! Team RamRod here, the developers of High Velocity Bowling. Today we break our long silence with an equally long blog post.
To give you some background on the HVB development team, we are a small team who works on several projects. As some of you know, Big Ern has left our neck of the woods (we still miss him). But, the team has since picked up the reins and is now leading a new charge for HVB.
A lot of you have been asking about HVB, and we are here to deliver great news. We are pleased to announce that we putting the finishing touches on a new update for HVB, which will hit the PlayStation Network TOMORROW! Excited? Well, the best part of this is that the new update - all new features included - is FREE! For our brothers and sisters in the north, that means FREE for you, too.
HEAD-TO-HEAD ONLINE PLAY! VOICE CHAT COMMUNICATION! WEEKLY ONLINE LEADERBOARDS!
We can hear you now ... "Wait, what? Really? I get online play in the update? Will it support my Playstation Friends List?" YES to all of the above. You will now be able to play with your friends online AND be able to chat with them using a PS3 headset or microphone. Feel free to chat and talk smack after comparing your stats and rankings on the online leaderboards that will be updated weekly.
Yup! PSN Trophies - 12 new shiny and purty trophies (7 bronze, 4 silver and 1 gold trophy). The only way to earn these is to play online (fortunately, we added that too, 'cause we're awesome!). If you're worried you don't have the skills, don't stress – if you're persistent enough, you will still be able to earn most, if not all, of these as well. Here's the list:
• Score 180 or higher in an online game.
• Achieve an online rating of 1600 or more.
• Knock down a total of 500 pins in online games.
• Get 10 strikes in online games.
• Get 15 spares in online games.
• Win an online game.
• Play 3 online games.
• Score 250 or higher in an online game.
• Knock down a total of 5000 pins in online games.
• Get 25 wins in online games.
• Get 75 strikes in online games.
• Get 150 strikes in online games.
PLAYLISTS WITH IMPROVED AUDIO!
You can access the XMB while in-game for your own custom soundtracks, with support for playlists. We had custom music before, but were not able to incorporate playlists. Now with the new XMB custom music feature, you can bowl while listening to a mix of Beethoven, Frank Zappa, Britney Spears, Weird Al Yankovic, Gregorian Chants and Nirvana! And with the improved audio options, you'll be able to crank up your tunes, character voices, and ambient sounds, OR turn them off altogether!
MORE TRICK SHOTS!
That's right, we've included a section on the menu to start posting additional trick shot challenges. You'll be given two new challenges with your update, and additional trick shots will be created for download in the future. These challenges will not only help you earn patches that you missed out on during your normal gameplay, but get you more stars for the leaderboards!
NEW BALL BAGS!
We've added a new and more realistic Ball Bag system in HVB. You can only bring four balls with you onto the lane in each bag, so you'll have to choose wisely. You can name and save up to 24 different ball bags so you don't have to individually choose four balls every time that you want to play. Be sure to mix and match so that there are some good hooking balls and some good straight rollers in your bag. This way, you'll be prepared for any oil pattern or pin leave!
You can now choose which lane to play on (as long as you're not in a tournament). This means that you can play in Spider's Garage, Tiffany's Toybox, the Zen Garden, or wherever you want!
NEW ADD-ON CONTENT
We are going to continue to provide new content for HVB. This content will include more sinister Trick Shots, more wacky characters, cool bowling balls and quirkier costumes.
Anxious to get your game on and strike it up? These exciting new features for HVB will truly make your bowling experience fun. We made the extra efforts to make sure we delivered a lot of fun into a whole lot of FREE for our devoted fans! Please make sure you continue to check back here for future updates on HVB. You've all waited so patiently for more - we'll be sure to make it worth your wait!
Until next time!