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Horizon Chase Turbo available on Switch today

Porto Alegre – 28th of November, 2018. Aquiris’ acclaimed arcade retroracer releases today on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One debuting new features: custom paint jobs for all 32 cars, including 6 exclusive car skins on each platform, a new car and a brand new game mode called Playground.

Playground is a rotative competition that present 5 new races each time. They are time-limited tracks that will always bring something special to the table: Time Attack races with no opponents, changes in weather and time of day, mirrored races, infinite nitrous, restrictions on which cars competitors can use.

Expect to see sandstorms in Iceland, volcanoes in California and new rules! You never know what the next season will feature.

Races come in one of 5 difficulty levels, meaning there's something for every type of Horizon Chase player. Each race presents two levels of challenge for Playgrounders to take on: beating the computer opponents may be a challenge in itself, but you can always take it up a notch and fight to climb the leaderboards. Each race has its own leaderboard, Global and Friends-only, that stay online only for the duration of a season.

In Playground mode, each season brings a new set of surprises and a new place to compete.

Besides the new Playground mode, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch players will be able to choose between several custom colors for each car, including 6 exclusive skins in each platform. The new version also comes with a brand new car carrying its weight in bragging rights.

Horizon Chase Turbo is a homage to classic 16-bit racers that defined a generation of high-speed and frenetic arcade fun like Out Run and Top Gear. The game is conceived to ignite an instant blast of nostalgia with catchy contemporary music composed by the legendary Barry Leitch (who also created the soundtracks for the Top Gear, Lotus, and Rush series), while also offering split-screen multiplayer and mixing retro low-poly aesthetics with modern gameplay.

“We are amazed by the feedback from the players and the press, and we worked hard to bring even more features and content to this launch on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. We believe Horizon Chase Turbo is becoming that kind of essential game to play with your family and friends at home.”, affirms Sandro Manfredini, Aquiris’ Business Director.

The game main features include:

Thrilling arcade racing game, inspired by Outrun, Top Gear, Lotus Turbo Challenge, and others
Amazing old-style split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players
Music by Barry Leitch, Sound Designer in 90s racing classics such as Top Gear and Lotus Turbo Challenge, among others
12 Cups, 48 Cities, 109 tracks, 32 Unlockable Cars, and 12 Upgrades
4 Game Modes: World Tour, Playground, Tournament, and Endurance.
Challenge your friends in the Ghost Mode and in the Leaderboards.
New on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch: Playground mode, a brand new car, custom paint jobs, and 6 exclusive car skins on each platform.

Horizon Chase Turbo - More Playground mode footage

An ever-changing set of races with all sorts of twists, from time attacks to changes in weather, mirrored tracks and infinite nitros. Beat other players’ times and try to reach the Top 50. You never know what’s coming in the next season!

Horizon Chase Turbo devs talk Switch porting process, framerate/resolution, and HD Rumble

Horizon Chase Turbo is coming to the Switch soon, and it's looking to bring back those warm, fuzzy feelings people get from games like Outrun. It certainly looks the part, and hopefully it plays the part. In an interview with GeekRetro, dev team Aquiris Game Studio talks about the process of bringing the game to Switch.

GR: Your game is coming to Nintendo Switch pretty soon. Was it hard to port it to this hybrid console?

AGS: It was not really hard, but we had to be extra careful about CPU performance, specially. Due to the split screen multiplayer, a lot of code was rewritten to extract the maximum performance from the Switch's multiple core CPU. Since only the GPU is overclocked when docked, this extra work on the CPU was important to ensure smooth performance in both modes, handheld and docked.

GR: Can you tell more about technical aspects of Switch version (resolution, frame rate in docked and handheld mode, etc)?

AGS: The game runs at 1280 x 720 in haldheld and full 1920 x 1080 when docked. Both modes have stable 60 fps, with 1 or 2 players. And variable 30 - 60 fps with 3 or 4 players split-screen, without any drop in visual quality.

GR: Is your game going to use any of special Switch functions (HD Rumble, gyroscope)?

AGS: Yes, HD Rumble features can be experienced throughout the whole driving gameplay. Motion controls, unfortunatelly, will not be available.

Horizon Chase Turbo coming to Switch on Nov. 28th, 2018

Horizon Chase Turbo is standalone homage to classic 16-bit racing games that defined a generation of high-speed, frenetic arcade fun. The simple and tight controls paired with precision gameplay and detailed depth combine for a nostalgic experience for racing, arcade,] retro and multiplayer fans young and old. Horizon Chase Turbo’s head-to-head split screen multiplayer and catchy contemporary chiptune-style music add to the game’s painterly aesthetic and competitive action.

Thrilling arcade racing game, inspired by the super-fun-straight-to-the-point classic racing games from the 90s.

-High Definition graphics
-Thrilling arcade racing game, inspired by Outrun, Top Gear, Lotus Turbo Challenge, and others
-Amazing old-style split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players
-Music by Barry Leitch, Sound Designer in 90s racing classics such as Top Gear and Lotus Turbo Challenge, among others
-12 Cups, 48 Cities, 109 tracks, 32 Unlockable Cars, and 12 Upgrades
-4 Game Modes: World Tour, Playground, Tournament, and Endurance.
-Challenge your friends in the Ghost Mode and in the Leaderboards

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