Sony has begun its marketing push for the upcoming Gravity Rush 2, with the release of a new demo and anime short this past week.
The game’s Associate Project Manager, Nick Accordino, revealed that the demo will contain two different ways to play it: one for those who played the original game, and one for those who are unfamiliar with the series. Given that Gravity Rush originally launched as a PlayStation Vita exclusive in 2012 before its PlayStation 4 re-release earlier this year, the decision to ensure that this demo can accommodate new players should come as little surprise. Launched on December 22, the demo is currently available for free on the PlayStation Store.
In addition to the demo, the series also received a short anime series, Gravity Rush the Animation ~Overture~, on December 26. The two episodes span the gap between the original game and the upcoming sequel. The anime is currently available on the Playstation EU Youtube channel.
The series is produced by Studio Khara, perhaps best known for its previous work on the Evangelion series, and its collaborations with Studio Ghibli on The Wind Rises and From up on Poppy Hill.
Gravity Rush 2 expands on the gameplay of its predecessor, introducing the returning character, Raven, as an AI ally at various points, and incorporating a new suite of moves for the returning protagonist, Kat. Furthermore, this sequel is considerably larger than the first game, with a map size more than double that of the original, and the campaign expected to take at least twenty hours to complete.
After being delayed from its original 2016 release date, Gravity Rush 2 will arrive on Playstation 4 on January 18, 2017 in Australia and Europe; January 19, 2017 in Japan; and January 20, 2017 in North America.
For those wanting a taste of what the game will have to offer, Gravity Rush Remastered is currently available on the PlayStation 4.