SSX 2012 Preview

11 November 2011
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This SSX 2012 preview gives a quick look at what can be expected from EA Canada’s upcoming snowboarding video game.

In SSX, players take on the role of a member of a team seeking to snowboard down a variety of real-world mountains, such as in the Himalayas and the Antarctic. Original SSX veteran Elise Riggs along with Mackenzie “Mac” Fraser, Kaori Nishidake, Moby Jones, Psymon Stark, Zoe Payne, Griff Simmons, and Eddie Wachowski (pre-order bonus) are also veterans that will appear in the game.

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  • Initially revealed under the working title ‘SSX: Deadly Descents’, the newest installment seems to be heading in a much darker direction than in previous entries, and will include the use of real locations, rather than the fictional courses of past games.

    SSX 2012 is due to hit the slopes on February 14th (NA) and February 17th (EU) 2012 on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360!

    Take a look behind the scenes of SSX 2012 in part 1 of the ‘Bringing Back the Franchise’ developer blog!

    Watch as the Physics, Gameplay & Tricks are outlined in part 2.

    The third developer video blog for SSX 2012 introduces the creation process of the levels players will be able to catch some mighty fine air on.

    Producer Sean Smillie and Art Director Ron Bignell talk about the direction the team has taken with evolving the characters of the series in the last part of the developer blog.

    And take a look at the gameplay of SSX 2012 in this extended trailer!

    Key Features of SSX 2012

    Here is a list of key elements that will be available in EA Canada’s SSX 2012 based on news and announcements made so far.

    New playable characters in-game will include: Tane Mumea, Alexis Moreau, and Ty Thorsen. SSX veterans such as: Elise Riggs, Mackenzie “Mac” Fraser, Kaori Nishidake, Moby Jones, Psymon Stark, Zoe Payne, Griff Simmons, and Eddie Wachowski (pre-order bonus) will also make an appearance.

    Open World Gameplay
    The mapping and level design for SSX will be vastly different from previous entries in the franchise, featuring more open world gameplay and less barriers or ‘invisible walls’.

    Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky” will be returning in this installment and “Kusha Las Payas” by Spanish girl group Las Ketchup may also be featured in the game according to developers. It was also confirmed that a special music feature will allow players to play their own music from their game system.

    Other tracks have also been confirmed by developers, some of which include:

    • Pretty Lights– Hot Like Dimes
    • Junkie XL– No Remorse
    • The Qemists featuring Wiley– Dem Na Like Me (Remix)
    • The Qemists– Lifeline
    • Bob Bradley ft. Nick McEnnally– Shatter

    New and Improved Elements
    Brand new (and some improved) elements such as helicopters, objectives, a new turquoise User Interface, more extensive maps with increased graphical innovations such as improved shadowing and snow-spray, the return of the “combo” system allowing the build-up of trick points, commentary, dialogue, races, trick point competitions and graffiti are all featured in SSX 2012.

    Check out the cinematic trailer!

    Excited for the newest SSX installment? Don’t forget to leave a comment and share your opinion.


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