With its launch last month now disappearing into the rear view mirror, we stopped by creator Gavin Moore's Tokyo office recently to find out how such an idiosyncratic and personal project got made, and what it's like having to let go and hand it over to the game-buying public after three years of hard work.
Read on for some fascinating insight into the creative process, and for an exclusive glimpse at some never-before-seen artwork from the game.
Oh, and if you haven't found the time to play it yet, I urge you to do so! It's one of the year's finest. To see more trailers, screens, and, of course, grab...
13w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore announced that Puppeteer for PS3 is officially out today alongside a PlayStation 3 launch trailer below.
To quote: Hi everyone. At last, after more than three years of hard work, we finally get to launch Puppeteer today for PS3.
It's a true labor of love, and we can't wait to see what you all think of it. Take a look at the launch trailer for a taste of what's to come.
When I started with Puppeteer, the idea was to take a lot of inspiration from Japanese culture and mash it up into a crazy game. I really like that old look, but I'm glad we decided, as a team, to move the art direction to where we are now.
Mixing both Western and Japanese influences and moving more towards a darker, grimmer fairy tale. Besides, it would have been hard to be as creative and crazy with the characters and the world if we had stuck to the original look.
Looking back over the three and a half years of production, Puppeteer has been a lot of fun to make. Half of me is glad that we finally finished, but the other half feels a little sorrow because I won't be able to direct Kutaro on his crazy adventures anymore.
15w ago - Following up on Part 1, today Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore returns with the second installment introducing the boss battles of Puppeteer on PS3 below.
To quote: Hello everyone! I just got back from Germany where I had the amazing opportunity to discuss Puppeteer with so many people while at Gamescom. And, since Puppeteer is on the brain, I figured why not showcase the rest of the bosses in the game to you all.
So, take a look at the final six Generals as well as some small details about the Moon Bear King. Puppeteer is almost out and I can't wait for everyone to lose their head!
Appearance: Not a typical, solidly built Western dragon, but a Chinese-style flying, serpentine beast, with gemstones in his hands.
Personality: Brought up on the streets of the city of the Moon, Dragon is a wise guy. He is always saying "forget about it", although no one ever does and Dragon makes sure they don't.
Relationships: Dragon obeys the MBK like a "Made Man" to a "Don." Though Kutaro does not realize it, it was Dragon who snatched his soul from Earth and brought to the Moon.
17w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore introduced the Boss Battles of Puppeteer on PS3 (Part 1) today, with details below as follows:
The stage is set, and the show's about to begin for Puppeteer! I'm excited to share some of my craziness with you today.
But, before Puppeteer is released across the globe, I wanted to provide a glimpse of whom our friend, Kutaro, is really up against as he battles the Moon Bear King's (MBK) Generals. So, take a look below and get acquainted with six of the 13 bosses from Puppeteer.
Can't picture yourself going up against the Generals? No need to worry! We created these lovely snippets showcasing the magic you will soon experience. Make sure to check back soon to see the final six Generals!
Appearance: A gigantic tiger with a Moonstone shard for his left canine. His tail ends with a spiked iron ball, like a mace.
Personality: A true paper tiger, kowtowing to the tough, and browbeating the weak. Reflecting his personality, General Tiger has a slightly lewd turn of phrase. Earlier in his life, he was a complete coward.
Relationships: Tiger is overawed and obsequious to the Moon Bear King to an unnecessary degree. He treats the Witch, Ying Yang, the puppets, and the grubs with...
20w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore shared a video today showcasing Puppeteer Powers dubbed Heads Will Roll on PlayStation 3.
To quote: Puppeteer is nearly upon us. To keep you satisfied until launch on September the 10th, we put together a short video that explains some of the concepts behind the strange and fantastical world of Puppeteer.
I would ignore the weird English guy and his funny accent and concentrate on all the luscious, varied gameplay. If you like what you see - and you're looking for a unique gaming experience this fall - then don't hesitate to pre-order and pick up Puppeteer's soundtrack for free.
Kutaro can collect more than 100 heads in Puppeteer, from the Hamburger head to the Lion head. But none are more valuable than the Hero Heads, each of which bestows Kutaro with a powerful new ability that you'll keep for the rest of the adventure.
The Knight Head will enable you to deflect incoming projectiles with the Shield Power - a useful method for dealing with some of Puppeteer's massive bosses. With the Ninja Head you'll wield the powerful Bomb Power, which enables you to hurl explosives at enemies and blow up parts of the environment.
With the Moon Pirate Head, you can hurl a grappling hook that yanks enemies closer or...