After playing Split/Second at PAX East with Joel, I have to admit that I was stunned at what Disney Interactive Studios managed to conjure. The name “Disney” usually leaves the thought of cute little characters entrenched in a fantastic world of singing birds, colorful vegetation, and hot cartoon women fighting off the evils of god knows what. The name instills everything that’s excessively lovable (watch Finding Nemo if you don’t believe me). What you wouldn’t expect, however, is a game that is completely opposite of what they’re known for. A game that a tad more violent and action-packed than what we’re used to.
Split/Second is a racing game that gives players the ability to build up their power meter through deft driving and triggering “power plays” – explosive moments that take out opponents or alter the tracks. Already released on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, Disney Interactive Studios announced that their award-winning action racing game will be coming PSP this holiday season. Those of you who aren’t familiar with Split/Second, the game takes place within a hyper-competitive reality television show with city-sized sets rigged for destruction. In so many words, think Michael Bay meets Fast and the Furious; tons of awesome cars racing one another competitively with a hefty dose of explosions filling your screen.
The PSP version of the game will include unique handling and controls, a new track, and challenges which aren’t available in the current versions of the game. To spice things up a bit, the game will also include four-player local multiplayer. A definitive date hasn’t been set as of yet, but, as stated before, look out for it this upcoming holiday season.