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RACKET: NX RELEASED ON STEAM® EARLY ACCESS FOR HTC VIVE

January 31 2017
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Hotly Anticipated Keshet International Gaming-Backed VR Sport Sensation Leverages the Platform to Deliver High Quality Gameplay

Watch the New Live Action Game Trailer Here: https://youtu.be/33mpA0EdkWo

31 January, 2017 – International TV powerhouse, come gaming publisher Keshet International Gaming (KIG), award winning audio developer Waves and boutique gaming studio OneHamsa, announces today that its hotly anticipated VR game Racket: Nx Early Access 1 has been released on STEAM® for the HTC Vive.

Inspired by the classic arcade game Arkanoid, as well as pinball and racquetball, Racket: Nx is a game of skill, which tests even the most adept sports player’s spatial awareness, and challenges their motor control and reflexes to the max. Unlike some novelty games available to early adapters of VR, Racket: Nx fully exploits the VR platform to enhance gameplay.

The team behind Racket: Nx intend to make the energetic and addictive game the first global VR Sport by making the physics so tight and precise that it encourage players to continuously improve their form. The game’s three partners (KIG, Waves and OneHamsa) have invested highly in audio-visuals and features, which add drama to bring about a nail-biting competition.

A demo of Racket: Nx has been available to HTC Vive users for a number of months and its “roadmap to launch” has been public throughout the game’s development. As a result, the Early Access 1 game actively incorporates feedback from its now loyal player-base.  

Racket: Nx Early Access 1 is the first of three Early Access updates planned for release on STEAM® in 2017. The new features include: 

  • Single-Player mode
  • Competitive Multiplayer mode
  • Arcade mode (previously known as Training)

Gameplay, visual and auditory improvements on the original Each Early Access update will continue to expand the game with new features such as ranked play, replay options, spectator mode, level editing and sharing functions. It will also be routinely updated with gameplay tweaks and bug fixes. The full game will be released at the end of 2017. 

Racket: Nx Early Access 1 will be priced at $19.99.

Ziv Rabinovich, Head of KI Gaming & Interactive, said: “We simply couldn’t have a better opening shot for KIG than Racket: Nx. The game is a true representation of what we’re here to do; launch games that are of true value for gamers. In an era where VR is still a buzzword often misused to promote flat experiences, it’s extremely important to develop and publish high-end games that take the VR platform to the next level, making it about the gameplay. I am certain that Racket: Nx will later be referred to as one of the establishing blocks of competitive vSports.”

Tomer Elbaz, EVP & General Manager, Consumer Electronics Division, Waves Audio adds, “Racket: Nx is a very compelling and beautifully executed VR experience. It is the first game that implements our ground breaking Waves Nx – Virtual Reality Audio technology that creates hyper-realistic audio scene in which users can get totally immersed, it really elevates any VR experience to the next level.”

Trailer Credits:
Chief Creative Directors:
Oren Anavi & Udi Morag
Animation & Production House: Puma Design
Director: Tamir Avidor
DOP: Rotem Yaron
Editor: Etay Appelberg
Sound Design: Paula Valstein, Monster Music, Roy Shen Zoor & Music

 

Selected reviews on YouTube, STEAM® Community and Reddit.com

YouTubeWill cause you to sweat more than a polar bear dropped in the Sahara desert

Like you’re experiencing the future about one year early. This demo has shattered my notion of what is possible.”

Damn this should be an Olympic sport

I’ve played almost everything I could in VR and this just feels and looks like one of the most polished games…The Immersion is second to none, it feels amazing, it sounds amazing…I never want to leave the dome. This is the game I will be spending money on.

I was so focused in the game that I actually felt like I was there and not in the Vive. Extremely immersive in my opinion! Very excited to see this game evolve. Count me in for a purchase!”

My favourite game…Graphics, Lighting effects, physics and sound effects are perfect. The first game I played where I actually almost forgot that I was in VR.

More reviews are available on request.

About Keshet International Gaming:

Keshet International Gaming (KIG) is charged with creating, developing and producing mobile and social gaming products. It is headed by veteran gaming and TV Executive Ziv Rabinovich. KIG is an independent, international entity developing original games for the consumer market as well as servicing third party clients and exploiting existing Keshet IP.

 About Waves:
Waves is the world-leading developer of audio DSP technologies and the driving power behind hit records, major motion pictures and popular video games the world over. A recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, Waves is acclaimed by top professional and prosumer users worldwide. More than 250,000 recording studios, mixing and mastering facilities use Waves’ portfolio of cutting edge technologies on a daily basis to create top-selling music, movies and games. Waves’ professional technologies, 25 years of expertise, and passion for sound are now utilized to meet mobile audio challenges and deliver premium audio experiences on consumer electronics devices.

About Keshet International:
Keshet International is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes Keshet’s local production outposts (Keshet UK, Keshet Asia, Keshet Studios in the US and Keshet MX in Mexico) as well as its global distribution arm. 

KI’s catalogue consists of over 90 tried and tested properties that appeal to audiences worldwide, spanning all genres.

Highlights include hit drama Prisoners of War, the original Israeli version of prime time Emmy® winner Homeland; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; touching family drama The A Word; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light, winner of an International Emmy Award. 

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More information:
Shereene Witter/Michael Goward
Franklin Rae for Keshet International
shereene@franklinrae.com / Michael@franklinrae.com
T: +44 203 011 1023

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