Engadget spent two hours streaming Broken Age yesterday, and they were joined by Superstars Nathan ‘Bagel’ Stapley and Peter McConnell who some time chatting about how they made the art and music for the game. As I listened I couldn’t help but notice how the two of them almost embody Shay and Vella, by living two very different lives on opposite coasts—Bagel over in the heart of New York City, and Peter out in the wilds of California. As far as I know neither of them has had any involvement in ritual sacrifices, but you never can tell these things.
Before that they were in the UK though, where our friends at Media Molecule very generously let us use their studio, and its fancy pink couches, to meet some members of the European press. In the video below, Tim speaks with Hollie from PlayStation Access to chat about Broken Age making its debut on the PlayStation platforms, and about a weird tattoo we kinda wish was actually going to happen.
Whoops! In their efforts to save the future from Dr Orel White and his plan to outlaw Halloween, it seems that Wren and Reynold have taken a wrong turn and ended up in the wrong season… Lock up your leftover Easter Eggs folks, it’s surprise Halloween!
Our spooky, time-traversing RPG Costume Quest 2 is finally getting released in Europe on PS4 TOMORROW, and with it comes a free sack-cellent costume add-on, which is available for PlayStation fans around the world…
There he is, my old pal Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet, the little chap with a million costumes of his own, now available as a costume for Trick or Treaters everywhere!
To unlock Sackboy players must seek out four hidden costume pieces before they can don their burlap creation, and unleash his ‘LittleBigBeatdown’ on any unfortunate Grubbins who try to stand in his way.
Sackboy will be on the worldwide PlayStation stores this week as a free add-on for PS3 and PS4, and Costume Quest 2 for PS4 will be available in Europe when the stores update, starting with tomorrow in the UK.
Oh my word what have we here, two episodes of the Double Fine Adventure! These things are coming out on such a speedy schedule that I totally failed to share one of them with you in a timely manner, for which you have my apologies.
Without any further delay, please allow me to present Episode 14 “I think this is a winner” in which Tim reads through the mock review feedback from Broken Age and digs out the old marketing research for the “unoriginal, childish, and overly complex” Psychonauts.
Also Episode 15 “Evergreen Games” in which Act 1 is launched, embargoes are broken, the team worry about sales figures, and the art jamming for Act 2 begins!
Ignite Gaming (the self proclaimed greatest gaming blog of Chicago) has posted an interview with our friends Nick and Max, two fine fellows we hired to work on the story for MASSIVE CHALICE.
Here they are, look how fine they are. And Two of them? Double Fine.
What was your favorite part of the process? What was the most difficult?
Nick: The world building. It’s stressful because barely anything has been set in stone and there’s a deadline constantly over you, but it’s so much fun when you’re just bouncing ideas back and forth about stuff: like what the ending can be, how to tie in the themes, why is that Chalice so ridiculously huge, and so on. The most difficult thing… Names. Oh my god there were so many meetings about the names for the enemies, regions, and classes that we’d even bring in the whole team at some points so we could all brainstorm at the same time.
Rejoice fair blog readers, for the latest episode of the Double Fine Adventure is here! This one’s all about ‘user testing’ which means watching people play your game whilst hey feel super awkward about it, and gleaning important info from the weird things they do. It also features the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra doing their thing, which is a marvel to behold! Look out for the next episode hitting the streets of youtube tmorrow!
We’re airing new episodes of the Double Fine Adventure! every day beginning with a “T” leading up to launch, and since today is Thursday, a new episode has made itself cosy in our youtube playlist.
This episode originally aired for DFA backers at the tail end of 2013, as the script for Act 1 was in good enough shape to start putting together a vocal cast and recording some dialogue, and the team prepared for PAX Prime. Watch in wonder as the characters come to life through the stellar work of the casting director and her all star vocal cast, and witness Jack Black punching Tim right in the mouth, kapow!
Just a quick note to say that the full Broken Age adventure (Act I & Act II) will be released on April 28th for PC, Mac, Linux, Ouya, iOS, Android, PS4 and PS Vita, all at the same time. Let’s all do the wave!