Rocketbirds 2: Evolution Coming Soon to PS4 & PS Vita, Ratloop Talks Co-Op & Story Mode

January 18, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

The sequel to Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is coming soon to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, developer Ratloop announced today.

Featuring cross-buy and cross-save, Rocketbirds 2 will have a more connected experience this time around, with Creator Sian Yue Tan explaining the co-op:

My gut told me that we should build on Co-op mode and have customizable Budgie Commando characters with lots and lots of guns and items to collect. The mission objectives would revolve around rescuing hostages held prisoner in procedurally generated locations. Unlike the first Rocketbirds, this time round we wanted you to stack the hostage on your back and carry him or her to safety. With up to four players, a stack of Budgie Commandos can now get pretty high, like a lumbering tower of death.

Unlike its predecessor, you can also play this mode alone, so we renamed it Rescue Mode instead of Co-op Mode. We feel the new Rescue Mode will be something PlayStation will truly enjoy, especially when playing online together.

Rocketbirds 2 also includes drop-in/drop-out online multiplayer, updated visuals, a performance scorecard, a head-to-head Dojo, down-not-out mechanics, Rent-a-Duck support, and improved controls that are all about speed and skill, allowing you to run, aim, jump, and shoot all at the same time with some practice.

After taking Rocketbirds 2 around to different conventions, and seeing the disappointment when they said Hardboiled Chicken wouldn’t be in the sequel, Ratloop spent 18 months completing a full Story Mode. Not only will it include Hardboiled Chicken, but there’s also a new soundtrack by New World Revolution (who did the original), new jokes, new enemies, new Jetpack action, and full voice-over work by English and Japanese actors.

Tan adds:

In Story mode, Hardboiled finds out iL Putzki is still alive and seeks to eliminate him once and for all. Along the way, Hardboiled realizes the Trans-dimensional Space Owls are behind it all and needs to re-assess who his enemies really are. We’ve hidden lots of weapons and Easter eggs for you to find, but if you complete Story Mode and still want more, you can still unlock the big chicken for Rescue Mode and can carry on playing (alone or with friends).

There will be more info about Rocketbirds 2 “in the very near future,” ahead of its Q1 2016 launch.

[Source: PS Blog]