You can now play a fan-made port of PlayStation classic Wipeout in your browser.
Posted to Twitter by programmer Dominic Szablewski, the project involved recompiling the game’s original source code, which was leaked in 2022, so it can run in a web browser.
“The quality of the leaked source is abysmal,” writes Szablewski in a lengthy blog post detailing the project.
“From what I can piece together, it mainly contains the Wipeout ATI 3D Rage Edition of the game, a lackluster port for Windows that was bundled with ATI GPUs.”
Szablewski claims that each port of the original game, from the PAL PlayStation version to the NTSC PlayStation, PC DOS, Windows 95 and ATI Rage Edition versions, was “haphazardly piled on top” of the previous one, making the original source code difficult to parse.
Wipeout was developed in the UK by Psygnosis for the original PlayStation. The first game in the series was released in 1995 and was a huge hit. A collection of remasters of some of the original games – Wipeout HD, Wipeout HD Fury and Wipeout 2048 – was released as part of Wipeout Omega Collection in 2017.
Szablewski’s blog post concludes by saying: “There’s still lot’s of bugs to fix (both old and new) and more features to implement. If you want to help, please stop by over at [the Github page], clone the source and build the game yourself.”
He then ends with a message to Sony: “If anyone at Sony is reading this, please consider that you have (in my opinion) two equally good options – either let it be, or shut this thing down and get a real remaster going. I’d love to help!”