A Wipeout fan tired of waiting for Sony to remaster the classic PlayStation game has taken it upon themselves to port the game to PC, daring the publisher to take it down and make its own remaster in the process.
As reported by VGC, programmer Dominic Szablewski wrote a lengthy blog post outlining their approach to turning the original game’s leaked source code into a working browser version.
Szablewski also doesn’t seem to mind if Sony shuts the project down, noting that “re-distributing the leaked source is questionable at best”, but insisted the publisher make its own remaster if it does.
“If anyone at Sony is reading this, please consider that you have (in my opinion) two equally good options: either let it be, or shut this thing down and get a real remaster going,” Szablewski said. “I’d love to help.”
Porting this version of Wipeout wasn’t all fun and games though. “The quality of the leaked source is abysmal,” Szablewski said. “From what I can piece together, it mainly contains the Wipeout ATI 3D Rage Edition of the game, a lacklustre port for Windows that was bundled with ATI GPUs.”
The original game was released in 1995 as a launch title for the first PlayStation but has disappeared from the limelight despite being a beloved Sony exclusive.
In our 8/10 review from 1996, IGN said: “WipeOut is a good, solid game that pushes more boundaries than most. Ten years from now, when most other games have been long forgotten, Wipeout will be viewed as a classic.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.