The original Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken released nearly three years ago and more recently joined the Vita’s PlayStation Plus line-up. Praised for its humour, fun gameplay, and overall excellent presentation, fans were left pining for a follow-up. Prayers were answered when Rocketbirds 2: Evolution was announced back in 2014, but developer Ratloop Asia has kept fairly quiet on the details until now.

Sian Yue Tan, creator of the series, today took to the PlayStation Blog to detail the various tweaks and features included in the sequel – and there is plenty to feast on. First, we’ve learned that co-op mode has been heavily expanded upon, featuring customisable Budgie Commando characters, as well as a plethora of guns and items to collect.

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Multiplayer missions will consist of rescuing hostages that have been held captive in procedurally generated locations, and the player is tasked with carrying them to safety. Up to four people can join in on the co-op shenanigans and create a tower of stacked Budgie Commandos. Unlike its predecessor, Rocketbirds 2 will also allow solo players to go it alone, aptly-naming the co-op experience “Rescue Mode.”

As well as boasting about the “seriously updated” visuals, Ratloop’s founder continued to detail the new game’s online functionality. A lobby system has been implemented, allowing players to drop-in or out at any time during an active online session.

After listening to feedback, the developers have been dedicated to ensuring Rocketbirds 2 has the tightened controls, responsiveness and deep combat mechanics that fans have since yearned for. With practice, players will be able to run, aim, jump and shoot at same time, placing a great emphasis on speed this time around.

The game is also to include a “full-blown” Story Mode featuring the Hardboiled Chicken, a brand-new soundtrack from New World Revolution, new jokes and enemies, and even English and Japanese voice acting.

To sweeten the deal even more, Rocketbirds 2 will support cross-buy and cross-save, meaning a one-time purchase to own the game on both Vita and PlayStation 4, and the ability to transfer save data between systems.

Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is set to hatch on PlayStation consoles soon. In the meantime, keep your eyes glued to The Vita Lounge for new information and read our review of the original Rocketbirds.

  • xxAcesHighxx

    Really enjoyed Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, and this sequel looks even better! Can’t wait :0)

  • Lester Paredes

    The first was pretty good, but the controls left a lot to be desired for me. I sure hope they are more agreeable to my stupid fingers for this sequel.