R8 Games’ Pacer is a loving and faithful Homage to Psygnosis’ anti-gravity racing series. I was able to hands-on at EGX Rezzed and chat with Carlton about the game, its clear inspirations, the recent re-branding from Formula Fusion to Pacer, and more. The game makes a great first impression with its blisteringly fast pace, its pounding EuroBeat soundtrack, and more.

Check out my impressions and interview below!

Pacer, formerly Formula Fusion, is a Wipeout homage that’s clearly filled with a huge amount of love for Psygnosis’ series of anti-gravity racing games. As an attempt to capture the sheer speed and exhilaration of the fast-paced racers, Pacer is a resounding success. The game is blisteringly fast, matched by a smooth 4K/60 frames-per-second on consoles.

The demo I played had a handful of tracks and vehicles, which ranged from light and agile to heavier and tougher. There’s an emphasis on taking down your opponents through brute force or through cunning, deploying items and laying mines Mario Kart style. The music is similarly reminiscent of Wipeout, presenting a pounding and intense mix of EuroBeat drum-and-bass. Although the game has been in development for some time now (it was originally supposed to release in 2015), the re-branded game seems to be well on track to release later this year.

If you’re a fan of Wipeout, you won’t want to miss this. Pacer is planned for a 2019 release. 

I had a chat with Carlton from R8 Games about Pacer. Take a look below!  

Stay tuned for more Pacer in the future, as well as more coverage from EGX Rezzed 2019.

What do you think? Does this Wipeout homage look like your cup of anti-gravity racing? Is EuroBeat your favorite kind of Beat? Let us know in the comments!


Dan Hodges

Staff Writer

Dan is a lover of games, music, and movies from the UK. He can usually be found buried in RPGs, shooters, roguelikes, and sometimes World of Warcraft, but he'll play anything he can get his hands on really.



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