268w ago - Per Matt Morton (Associate Producer, SCEA-Santa Monica Studios) today:
Hi PixelJunkies! I'm Matt Morton, Associate Producer at SCEA Santa Monica Studio and I've had the great fortune of working on the PixelJunk series since the very first title, PixelJunk Racers. We've been working hard to keep spreading the PixelJunk Love (as Deb Mars calls it) and wanted to give you a heads up on the upcoming patch for PixelJunk Monsters and PixelJunk Monsters: Encore.
Recently, Jeff Rubenstein got to visit Q-Games in Kyoto (the lucky so-and-so) and shot an interview with Dylan to talk more about the patch for PixelJunk Monsters. Check it out...
The patch will be releasing VERY soon, with Japan getting the first patch release on October 23. If all goes well with final testing, you will see the patch in SCEA and SCEE territories on October 30. If there are any delays to the above mentioned dates, we will be sure to update the blog to let you know about it, so stay tuned!
The Q-Games team has been hard at work on the PixelJunk Monsters patch and has packed a TON of great features into this great game. I'll give you a quick breakdown of some of the new features you will expect to see:
270w ago - The PixelJunk team wants fans to try Eden, their latest game. As a bonus, they are currently offering a free download of the Monsters Encore expansion.
The add-on pack adds 15 new levels (and a random level generator). This should be a deal for those that love PJM and are looking for something new, but note the deal ends on October 16, 2008.
Key PixelJunk Eden Features:
• Stunning Visuals: Stylish graphics and dynamic animations brought to life in gorgeous 1080p HD.
• Multi-player Co-op: Local co-op play for up to three players.
• Trophy and Online Support: Unlock Trophies and track high scores via online leaderboards.
• Video Recording: Record gameplay videos to the hard drive or upload directly to YouTube.
• Remote Play - Supports Remote Play for PSPĀ® (PlayStation Portable) system.
272w ago - Monster Hunter 3 is an upcoming title from Capcom that is one of the most anticipated Nintendo Wii titles within Japan.
Although announced for Japan only, with talks of it going elsewhere as well, this title wasn't always set for the Nintendo Wii but rather the Playstation 3. With the change of platforms Capcom had to rethink how it would be developing this title as the PlayStation 3 version was to be originally be built off Monster Hunter 1.
Ryozo Tsujimoto, producer of this title, revealed that with the change to Nintendo Wii they were given the opportunity to build the game from scratch which they knew would be the harder way to go but would pay off the most.
Kaname Fujioka, director of the title, has also made it known that monsters that have originally appeared in previous Monster Hunter titles will feel new and different to fans of this series as all elements of monsters have also been rehashed.
Monsters will also seem more realistic in this title as in previously in the series Monsters acted with no awareness of other monsters surrounding them but this time awareness will be at full advantage and players will be able to use this to their advantage.
Kaname Fujioka gave an example that if a larger monster was in the back and small monsters were...
293w ago - Deborah Mars, Senior Producer at SCEA Santa Monica, has revealed some new details about the new PixelJunk Monsters Encore expansion pack which is coming in May 2008.
Some highlights includes: 1 new island (Toki Island), 15 new levels, 5 new music tracks from Otograph, Ice Tower is now a stock item and a reduced gem cost to buy the Tesla Tower.
To quote: Of course we're huge fans of all things Monsters, and totally biased about spreading the PixelJunk gospel but first, here's a quick overview of some of the highlights in PixelJunk Monsters Encore:
* 1 new island, Toki Island
* 15 new levels
* 5 new music tracks from Otograph
* Ice Tower is now a stock item
* Reduced gem cost to buy the Tesla Tower
* Releasing in May 2008
We had loads of questions for Dylan and team, so we're splitting this interview into two parts. Featured below are my top five burning questions for Dylan, and be sure to check back next week when SCE Associate Producer Matt Morton delivers the goods on the remaining five.
1. (Deb) How did you decide on the name for the expansion pack? Personally, you know we liked "PixelJunk Monsters: The Lost Island" or "PixelJunk Monsters: The Others"...we're huge fans of the TV show Lost over here.