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Platform Racing 4
PR4 Menu

Developers

Jiggmin

Publishers

None

Rating

NA

Genres

Racing, platformer

Release Date

2013-12-01 (Menu only)

Platform Racing 4 (also known as Platform Racing 4: Light Breakers and commonly abbreviated PR4) is a planned online multiplayer racing platformer video game to be developed by Jacob Grahn that is currently on-hold.

History

During Platform Racing 3 's development, multiple statements from Jiggmin and Sparkworkz suggested it would be the final game in the series, calling it "The cumulation of Platform Racing 1 and 2".[1][2] Despite that, Jiggmin began talking about a fourth installment in February 2012 when he first hinted at it in the Creation chat.[3] He confirmed he was considering the idea a few days later in a private message inquiring about Platform Racing 3's state.[4]

The first public acknowledgment coincided with Luna's announcement in March, where Jiggmin revealed that he planned to write "something with a 4 in it" in JavaScript if Luna worked out.[5] The game was officially confirmed to be Platform Racing 4 on June 20th.[6] Additional information wasn't revealed until December 18th when Jiggmin posted a video discussing a potential Capture the Overseer game mode and showing off planned features for the level editor.

PR4 - Capture the Overseer

PR4 - Capture the Overseer

Soon after, Jiggmin announced he also planned to use HTML5 so the game could run on mobile devices in a Baking Games the Hard Way description.[7] A forum section was eventually created for the game on 2013-08-14, along with one for the short-lived Platform Racing Evermore.

A release date was revealed in early 2013 when Jiggmin posted a comment on a now deleted YouTube video saying it would be December 1st. Other word, besides scrapped Motley Monday updates, wasn't given until the aforementioned date when he purchased 2 domains and released the main menu on both.[8] Initial plans involved releasing patches to the Beta Tester's Club over the next few weeks, however this never occurred and outside of quietly releasing the menu theme, the game received no further updates. Both websites, along with the ones for Futurism, eventually shut down on 2014-06-21 unannounced.[9]

Word on the game's fate wasn't given until the launch of Freegoose on 2015-09-09 when Jiggmin stated it failed as "everything was too ambitious" and that he still planned to develop it, though not until his workload decreased.[10][11]

Gameplay

Similar to past entries, Platform Racing 4 would be an online racing game where players customize their avatar, race against others in user-made courses and create their own levels.

Of the few details given, levels were stated to load much faster than previous games to the point where it'd be instantaneous, similarly to the first installment. The level editor would also receive new features, including real-time editing with other users in your guild along with a chatroom. As such, users would no longer have to logout to use it. The game's physics, whether they'd be similar to a previous game, a combination or have its own were never revealed. The subtitle, however, may hint that it would be similar, if not faster than PR2.

Trivia

  • This is the only Platform Racing game to have a subtitle.
  • Jiggmin stated that one of the reasons he made Creation was to see how possible it would be to have multiplayer level editing for PR4.[12]
  • This would be the first Platform Racing to have native widescreen support and not be made in Flash.

References

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20130601114354/http://www.sparkworkz.com/2010/03/inxile%E2%80%99s-sparkworkz%E2%84%A2-announces-the-next-installment-in-the-hit-flash-series-platform-racing%E2%84%A2/
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20130801125343/http://www.sparkworkz.com/games/web/platform-racing-3
  3. http://web.archive.org/web/20160112063006im_/http://i40.tinypic.com/34ybcqb.png
  4. http://s1202.photobucket.com/user/toerat123/media/ScreenRecording.mp4.html
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20120512142837/http://jiggmin.com/entries/51131
  6. http://web.archive.org/web/20150107194031/http://jiggmin.com/threads/84711-Have-you-noticed
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKJjaBVynk8
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20150418221830/http://jiggmin.com/entries/105919-PR-Fewar
  9. http://web.archive.org/web/20150323152318/http://jiggmin.com/threads/123178-Futurism-shutdown
  10. http://web.archive.org/web/20161227155805/http://freegoo.se/platform-racing-4-and-the-future/
  11. http://forums.freegoo.se/t/reply-jiggoman-insert-random-crap-here/148/6
  12. http://web.archive.org/web/20141208152050/http://jiggmin.com/threads/82410-Platform-Racing-4