For those of you who have never heard of Lifespeed previously, it’s a futuristic flying racing game for the 3DS, being developed by Wee Man Studios.
It will come with 11 playable characters, online leaderboards and a story mode.
And when it comes to that story mode, we just got some new information from the developers. We were informed that cut-scenes happen after almost every race and there will even be a bit of the story that plays out during the races themselves. These will be rather subtle details, so you’ll have to be careful not to miss them. There are also two alternative endings to this comic book storyline, and the one you will be able to see depends on the actions you take on the race track.
The characters in Lifespeed come from different planets, and will have their own backstory and personal rivalries. Their personalities are reflected in their statistics, style of racing and their communication during races. Wee Man Studios hopes that they will be able to expand the game in the future, by weaving in characters not featured in the story at the current time as well as introduce brand new characters.
Finally, they shared some information about Lifespeed’s weapons. Players fly through rings in order to obtain power-ups and weapon pickups. By flying through a multiplier ring, you will receive a big speed increase for a short period of time. You can also fly through a weapons ring to obtain a weapon. So far, these include lasers, missiles and mines.
Players can only carry one weapon at a time in Lifespeed. Weapons have to be targeted at the enemy before shooting and will only work effectively if you manage to get a strong lock on. Wee Man Studios says that using the weapons locking system effectively is something you’ll need to learn in order to be good at battling in Lifespeed races.
Apparently, it will also be possible to perform a barrel roll manoeuvre similar to the one in Star Fox by using the shoulder buttons.
To finish this, here’s some screenshots of the game in action, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:
And here’s the previously shown teaser trailer, in case you haven’t seen it yet:
Lifespeed is set for release on the 3DS eShop this Summer.