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Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Vortex NG Info, Release Date
9:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Feline Entertainment has sent us details about a future release of their upcoming 3D arcade game, Vortex Next Generation. An improved web site has been set up for the game, sporting new screen shots, movies, and an official release date of May 18. Vortex NG will use OpenGL to recreate the arcade feel of classics such as Arkanoid and Breakout, moving them onto a 360-degree field. It will have full support for internet play, GameRanger, and much more. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Vortex NG, winner of the 2001 Independent Games Festival's Student Showcase (, is has reached its final beta testing phase and will be released to the public as shareware on May 18, 2001. Probably best described as a cross between Arkanoid and Tempest, Vortex NG breaks the "paddle and walls" barrier by allowing the paddle to rotate 360 degrees around the "blocks." Along with a slew of other features, it also supports both local and networked cooperative multiplay - something sorely lacking in other breakout-styled games.

Vortex NG has a slew of features, the least of which include:

  • Addictive OpenGL-based 3D graphics
  • Cooperative multiplay on a single computer or with multiple computers
  • GameRanger support (Internet play requires a high-speed internet connection)
  • Simplistic gameplay and controls make it ideal for gamers of all ages
  • Support for Macally's upcoming iShock II Force Feedback controller
  • Be sure to check out IMG's preview of the game, which gives a rundown of basic gameplay and graphics. We'll bring you more info on Vortex NG as it nears completion in the coming weeks.

    IMG Preview: Vortex Next Generation
    Vortex Next Generation Web Site

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