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 >WipEout

Box art by The Designers Republic

English artwork, first published by Psygnosis, in 1995.

Designed for the European and Japanese markets. Sega Saturn version pictured.  

Also available on: PlayStation and DOS.


WipEout would be the first game in an iconic and successful series, mixing next generation graphics, a licensed soundtrack and great box art design.


Launching alongside the PlayStation in Europe, it would be a crucial title in attracting the previously untapped “twenty something” market and help cement the PlayStation as the console of choice for two generations.


The box art was created by graphic design team The Designers Republic (TDR), who found initial success in the late eighties for its record cover-art in the UK. TDR brought its trademark style of minimal but bold use of colour and texture to WipEout’s box art. The use of blueprint schematics, futuristic symbology and katakana would brilliantly give the cover art, and the game, its true identity.


TDR would go on and produce the box arts for the following two sequels in the PlayStation series until Sony’s takeover of developer Psygnosis in 2001. Wipeout Fusion and all following sequels would take influence from TDR’s original box art, but all arguably lack the cool neon Tokyo feel the debut captured so well.





Wipeout

Other notable The Designers Republic box arts.

1996

>WipEout 2097 (EU) PlayStation.

1997

>Grand Theft Auto (worldwide) DOS, Game Boy Color, PlayStation.



If you like WipEout you’ll love…

1980

>Computer Bismarck (NA) Apple II, Commodore 64.

1993

>G-Loc (JP) Mega Drive.



Sources and further reading:

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipeout_(video_game)

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Designers_Republic

>http://www.thedesignersrepublic.com/





2000

>Wip3out (EU, JP) PlayStation.






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1997

>Ace Combat II (EU) PlayStation 2.

2000

>Gradius III & IV (worldwide) PlayStation,



Posted - 3/9/13, by Adam Gidney

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