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Video: Puppeteer Interview: Delving Into Japan Studio's Platformer

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61w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton shared a video interview today which delves deeper into Japan Studio's incredible platformer called Puppeteer below!

To quote: Shameless favoritism alert: PlayStation Blog ruddy loves Puppeteer. It's one of the liveliest, loveliest and most downright out-there platformers to come along in years, and plays beautifully to boot.

It arrives in stores on 11th September, and if it's not on your radar yet, it's time to stick a pin in it. This is a game unlike any other you'll see on shelves this year.

With just a few weeks left of development, we caught up with the game's director, the ever-insightful Gavin Moore, last week to delve a little deeper into his deviously dark creation.

When we spoke last year you explained that you were making Puppeteer so that you had something to play with your young son. What's his verdict now that he's been able to play it?





Gavin Moore: He loves it! He likes playing it either on his own or with his Dad, which is nice.

If I'm playing Kutaro and he's playing the secondary character - Picarina or YinYang - he tries to kill me all the time because he wants to be Kutaro. He thinks Kutaro is him,...
 

Sony Announces Puppeteer Demo is Coming Soon to PlayStation 3

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64w ago - Today Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore announced that a Puppeteer demo is coming soon to PlayStation 3 fans.

To quote: We're getting closer and closer to the release of Puppeteer! In preparation for release, I'm happy to announce that a playable demo demonstrating the essence of Puppeteer's gameplay will be made available in Europe prior to launch.

We plan on packing loads of content into the demo, and we hope it will give you a great idea of how the finished game will feel when it hits PlayStation 3 on 11th September.

While we're on the topic of demos, maybe some of you have heard of Puppeteer's 'Rehearsal Edition', which releases on Japan's PlayStation Store this week.

The Rehearsal Edition is not a traditional game demo but rather a uniquely regional way to introduce the world of Puppeteer.

The brief interactive stage specially designed for this concept gives Japanese gamers a peak behind the curtain at the cast of Puppeteer as they prepare for the 'big show'. The characters can be seen busily rehearsing while the crew put together the elaborate set pieces to be used in the bunraku - or 'puppet theatre' - that serves as the game's setting.

In order to let Japanese players fully soak in the atmosphere,...
 

Puppeteer: Hero Heads, E3 Trailer & PS3 Pre-Order Extras Revealed

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67w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore revealed PS3 pre-order extras alongside a Puppeteer: Hero Heads E3 trailer and more below!

To quote: It's that wonderful time of year where the gaming world goes crazy in L.A. - E3 2013. We'll be showing off Puppeteer at the PlayStation booth, and we can't wait for people to finally experience our strange and fantastical world for themselves!

At GDC this year, we revealed two of the four "Hero Heads" that Kutaro will employ on his thrilling adventure: the Shield Power of the Moon Knight and the Bomb Power of the Moon Ninja.







Today we are revealing the final two powers: the Hook Power of the Moon Pirate and the Brute Power of the Moon Wrestler!







These powers are vital in Kutaro's terrifying adventure. Without them, he will never be able to defeat the Moon Bear King and find his way home.





I'd also like to tell you about our wonderful Theatrical Pack, which you can get...
 

Video: Puppeteer on PS3: Release Date and Hero Heads Revealed

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76w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore revealed a release date and hero heads for Puppeteer on PS3 today alongside a fresh video trailer below.

To quote: I'm just back from the wonderful city of San Francisco and the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

Whilst I was there, I met with some members of the press to give them an exclusive look at the first two acts in Puppeteer, and also share an exciting gameplay reveal... Hero Heads!

As Kutaro, you'll find all sorts of amazing heads to act as your noggin as you journey to get your head back from Moon Bear King. Be careful to collect and keep the right ones, as some have the power to change and shape the world around you, while others unlock bonus stages - adding even more adventure and hilarity to this dark and fantastical tale!

I'm excited to finally let the cat out of the bag (no, not Ying-Yang...I mean a metaphorical cat) about four very special heads that Kutaro will encounter on his journey and aid him in his quest. Each Hero Head possesses a power that once belonged to one of the four legendary "Moon Heroes" who fought valiantly to protect the Moon Goddess from being overthrown by the evil Moon Bear King.

Alas, their powers were no match for Moon Bear King's twelve generals who ultimately defeated...
 

Video: Venture Into Hallowee Ville in New Puppeteer PS3 Trailer

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98w ago - Sony Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore invites fans to venture into Hallowee Ville for Halloween in the new Puppeteer PS3 trailer below!

To quote: Well, it's my favorite time of year again - Halloween, when all the ghosts and ghouls come out to scare the pants off of us for a single dark night. It's also the one night of the year that we can all pig out on candy and sweets and not have to feel guilty. Well, not that guilty.

You all probably know by now my love for Tim Burton and his amazing gothic aesthetic.

This was something that I really had in the back of my mind when creating Puppeteer - dark and creepy but with a great sense of humor. Of course, his work on [Register or Login to view links] is phenomenal but I also love his short movie [Register or Login to view links], voiced by Vincent Price.

In the same vein, Puppeteer is packed to the rafters with insane situations and creepy fun, all wrapped around gameplay that will keep you coming back for more.

In Puppeteer, our hero escapes from Castle Gristlestein - the dark and gloomy castle of the Moon Bear King - and sets out on his adventure to retrieve his disembodied head. His extraordinary journey will take him to many...
 
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