Sony has announced that Gravity Rush 2, the sequel to the surprise PlayStation Vita hit, will be launching on PlayStation 4 on December 2 in North America and November 30 in Europe. Players who pre-order the game from certain retailers will receive an alternate white costume for Kat and Select Soundtrack. PlayStation Store pre-orders receive 10 PlayStation Network avatars.
A new trailer for Gravity Rush 2 also introduces a new heroine to the game. Angel is a superhero with "an aggressive and wild fighting style" and "a crystallization ability that helps her to regenerate health instantly." Angel looks to be the character that Gravity Rush 2 creative director Keiichiro Toyama was referencing in a previous interview with the PlayStation Blog.
"I really like Kamen Rider," explained Toyama. "So you'll see even more elements of that in the game. You can also see the Sailor Moon influences, especially when the characters in the game are doing their finishing moves and dynamic poses."
Gravity Rush 2 is intended to be a much larger game than the previous title.
"We wanted to do everything bigger and better - more volume and space," said Toyama. The map is two-and-a-half to three times bigger than the first game, so increasing that scale in every respect was something we fought for - along with more options in combat with her Lunar and Jupiter gravity styles, while also keeping the accessibility that made Gravity Rush so easy to get into."
"Making the world seem extremely alive was hugely important for us, especially as the series was coming to PS4. We wanted dense cities and environments, with vibrancy about them. Every location you visit in the game is an independent floating island, so we wanted to make sure they were all floating correctly and moving independently - this was difficult but we were really focused on getting it right."
There will be an anime covering the gap between Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2, called Gravity Rush The Animation ~ Overture ~. The anime is being produced by Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara, the team behind the Rebuild of Evangelion films. There is currently no release date for the anime.