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Sony Outlines Puppeteer PS3: Blending the Best of East and West

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95w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has outlined Puppeteer for the PS3 today, which blends the best of of both the East and West!

To quote: In last week's behind the scenes Puppeteer interview, we talked to creator Gavin Moore about the origins of the title and got some lovely insight into what makes a great kids game really sing.

In the second part of the interview, Gavin touched on the game's size, its roots in classic platformers of yesteryear and what the development team's vibrant cultural mix brings to the project.

Read on for more on Sony Japan Studio's tantalizing platformer, and look for a new update on development - penned by Gavin himself - next week.

Fred Dutton, PlayStation.Blog Europe Manager: So, is Puppeteer a Japanese game or a Western game?

Gavin Moore, Puppeteer Creator:
It's really interesting actually. I've seen people have arguments in the office about this - "It's Western," "No, it's Japanese" and so on.

The Western people tend to say it's Japanese, and the Japanese people tend to say it's Western. It's a game, guys - it doesn't matter!

But I'd say it's in the middle. Most of the team are Japanese - probably 95%. But obviously, as the director, the guy in charge, with all that Englishness in...
 

Puppeteer: Behind the Scenes with the Weird, Wild PS3 Adventure

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96w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has gone behind the scenes with the upcoming weird and wild PS3 adventure game Puppeteer today!

To quote: Puppeteer's Gamescom reveal last month was a real joy to behold - a bright, bold new PlayStation IP promising primary-colored platforming fun with some deliciously dark trimmings.

A month or two on, last week PlayStation.Blog had the opportunity to actually sit down with a controller and see if it delivers on that pledge.

High up in Sony Japan Studio's towering Tokyo HQ, creator Gavin Moore walked us through the game's opening chapter, which sees a hapless young lad called Kutaro enslaved by the impossibly evil Moon Bear King and transformed into a puppet.

But steel yourselves - this isn't a cozy Pinocchio-esque tale of a plucky hero embarking on a cheerful quest to (re)gain human form. Far from it - Puppeteer's opening minutes sees poor Kutaro's head brutally torn off by our antagonist and his body nonchalantly tossed into a dank, gloomy cellar.

And that's where you, the player, come in. Guided by gloomy cloth cat Ying Yang, you'll step into Kutaro's shoes and go in search of a new noggin, of which there...
 

Video: TGS 2012: Watch The New Puppeteer PlayStation 3 Trailer

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97w ago - SCE Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore has shared a new Puppeteer PlayStation 3 trailer from Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2012 today!

To quote: Hi guys, back again to give you an update on Puppeteer.

First off, please let me thank you all for your wonderful, supportive comments after our announcement at Gamescom last month. It's dedicated PlayStation fans like you that make the incredible amount of hard work that goes into making games worthwhile.

You never know what reaction you will get from your work, and it seems that Puppeteer has hit the right nerve with gamers. So, when I got back from Germany, I started getting ready for Tokyo Game Show.

We aren't showing a playable demo on the show floor, but I have put together another trailer for the show. This one is longer and shows a little bit more of the story, without giving too much away and ruining it for you all. Have a look up above.

We are currently casting in London for the voice actors, so I apologize for the voices in the trailer. It's a little embarrassing because all of the voices are done by me, apart from the narrator.

Actually, I am thinking of doing the Witch's voice...
 

Video: Interview: Meet The Man Pulling Puppeteer's PS3 Strings

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101w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has shared a video interview today with the man pulling the Puppeteer's PS3 strings below.

To quote: If nothing else, Sony's [Register or Login to view links] 2012 show will be remembered for its bias away from en vogue browns and greys towards good old-fashioned primary colours.

From Tearaway and LittleBigPlanet Vita, to Diggs Nightcrawler and Ratchet & Clank: QForce, this year's press conference was big, bright and beautiful. Heck, even Killzone: Mercenary snuck a bit of neon into its debut trailer!

But perhaps the most colourful reveal of all was larger-than-life PS3 platformer Puppeteer, currently in development at Sony's Japan Studio. As explained in our announcement post last week, it's an eccentric affair that sees you step into the shoes of a young chap called Kutaro who has been imprisoned in a magical puppet realm by the maleficent Moon Bear King.

The trailer - which you can remind yourself of at the bottom of this post - looks brilliantly bonkers, and we're looking forward to bringing you more information on the game later this year as development progresses.





For now though, take a look...
 

Video: Sony Raises Curtain on Puppeteer, a New PS3 Adventure!

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102w ago - SCE Worldwide Studios Art Director Gavin Moore has officially raised the curtain on a new PS3 adventure game entitled Puppeteer today!

Below are the details and a video, as follows: Let's get the introductions out the way so can get right to the exciting stuff.

My name is Gavin, and for the past nine years I have been living in Tokyo working for [Register or Login to view links].

Recently, I and a small - but incredibly talented - group of game makers have been hard at work on a new PlayStation 3 game called Puppeteer.

I'm excited to be able to talk directly to you guys, the heart of PlayStation, and give you the heads-up on the game first.

Puppeteer takes place in a magical puppet theatre, owned and run by the slightly eccentric but thoroughly charming Professor Gregorious T. Oswald. His latest production is the weirdly titled "The Perilous Journey of a Boy Named Kutaro."

On one dark, moonlit night, the star of the show, a young boy named Kutaro, is carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle, where the unlucky lad is transformed into a puppet.

Kutaro then displeases the terrible tyrant who duly devours the boy's wooden head and casts away his body. But the headless...
 
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