1/7/200EIGHT Update!

Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
edited February 2008 in Penny Arcade Games
To give a short update on what's happening with the game, it hit alpha in November and the Dev team has been just crushing it as far as bug-fixing, tuning and really making this game super fun from a gameplay experience.

Although the script of the game is essentially complete, Tycho continues to work with it daily, as every item, attack and word in the game has whatever the hell his secret sauce is. All I know is that I've been exposed to the same dialog and writing for a year now, and it's still insanely funny... you hear me say it whenever people ask me what it's like to work with Gabe/Tycho, but they're goddamn unbelievable.

Gabe is currently working on the direction for the last cut scene on our plate, which all look super cool. Kiko and he continue to work with Hothead and their art team as far as aesthetic (even stuff as granular as the game site itself). Those of you that have been waiting for an animated series will really get a kick out of the game. The animated sections are super cool.

From a personal level, I'll say the experience has been enlightening - we're exposed to hundreds and hundreds of games every year, but watching the title transition from an early build that admittedly we announced probably a little too soon back in march (before any of the real lighting was integrated ... god it looks so much better now) to something that i genuinely want to play made me realize two things:

One - how easy it is for games to take a wrong turn. These things are complex as hell and I can totally see how a team that isn't as tight as Hothead could let things turn to shit and two (related) how valuable having a vet team is. I know i'm sounding a bit like a broken record at this point, but the Hothead guys have been rad. We've put a lot of trust in them to get the gameplay to a "great" level, and I really have confidence they'll be able to deliver.

Soups, is this what you were looking for? ;)

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  • Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User
    edited January 2008
    radical

    no, wait

    badical

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Factoid:

    Did you know that most of the team at Hothead are ex-Radical? The guys that did Simpsons Hit and Run, etc?

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  • CampionCampion Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    This is a lot of hearty, beefy information, Khoo!

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I am posting my excitement

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    So

    is it funny?

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  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    i will fork over many a valuable dollar for this game

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    A thought:

    Are Twisp and Catsby in the game?

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Khoo, you ever need some extra QA people

    ya know


    to take a look


    ya know


    just to make sure everything is kosher


    you know where you can reach my team

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    If you like Penny Arcade, You'll Love This Game!

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Centipede: If I told you who was and wasn't in the game, i believe mike and jerry would castrate me.

    Stale: Duly noted!

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Centipede: If I told you who was and wasn't in the game, i believe mike and jerry would castrate me.

    dang man I mean I didn't know

    dang

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  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    well, I do love things that are written in bold...

    alright, I'm sold. I'll take a baker's dozen.

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Rank is buying 13 no take backs

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    It's cool to hear about the behind the scenes stuff, but I really want to hear a bit about the meat and potatoes. So I double-dog dare you to answer this: How funny is it? How entertaining is the gameplay?

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    How funny is it? It is super-fucking-funny.

    How entertaining is the gameplay? Man that is a super hard question since we're blending genres, but without giving too much away, I'll say I'm personally really happy with the way things have tightened up. :)

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  • GSMGSM Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I think it's funny that the text system in game uses italicized text not for gameplay purposes, like location names, or status elements, but instead to be PA writing style.

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  • FalloutFallout GIRL'S DAY WAS PRETTY GOOD WHILE THEY LASTEDRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    robert can you sneak us a screenshot

    pleeeeeeaaaaaaase

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    I'm almost sold.

    But tell me this.

    Are there any Khoo puns?

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Fallout - hmm. what do you want to see. Give me a wishlist of 3 things.

    Munkus - hah, no no no.

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  • GSMGSM Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    No Khoo puns? An email to Tycho is in order.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    Munkus - hah, no no no.

    Say goodbye to space camp.

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Space-Campnoooooooooooooooo

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  • ZonkytonkmanZonkytonkman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    so how tight are the graphics? Like, on level 3?

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  • BijlBijl Registered User
    edited January 2008
    How good is it
    How nice does it look
    How interesting is it

    Answer in centimeters please

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus premium Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    1/7/2007 Update! :

    Ahaha, oh Khoo, you're such a kidder.

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Level 3 is 35 centimeters rad.

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  • CerriusCerrius Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Is there a projected release date or is it done when its done?

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  • SoupSoup Registered User
    edited January 2008
    man I am so excited for this game

    like so excited

    it will be the raddest

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cerrius wrote: »
    Is there a projected release date or is it done when its done?

    I'm pretty sure the projected release date is "when it's done."

    I mean PA isn't exactly relying on this game's release for sustained existence. It has time to simmer in the crockpot of awesomeness.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I can't wait =)

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    When does this thing go beta and how are you choosing the beta-testers.

    [tiny]me! pick me! over here[/tiny]

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    _______moe wrote: »
    When does this thing go beta and how are you choosing the beta-testers.

    [tiny]me! pick me! over here[/tiny]

    By a scale of awesomeness.

    "You must be at least this awesome to enter."

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited January 2008
    Damn, then I must be like fourth on the list

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'll take third of no one wants it.

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  • BijlBijl Registered User
    edited January 2008
    MKR wrote: »
    _______moe wrote: »
    When does this thing go beta and how are you choosing the beta-testers.

    [tiny]me! pick me! over here[/tiny]

    By a scale of awesomeness.

    "You must be at least this awesome to enter."

    I am 1 metre and 48 centimeters awesome

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Regarding the ship date - we knew we didn't want to rush it to market, so yes, in short it is baking. :) It will be done when it is done, but right now we are focusing on tuning certain elements and making sure it's a tight experience overall.

    Bijl: that is pretty awesome.

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  • SoupsSoups Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Soups, is this what you were looking for? ;)

    Yes, Khoo, you're a godsend.

    As far as something like this is concerned, no news is NOT good news, so yeah. I'm happy.

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  • Robert KhooRobert Khoo Registered User, Administrator, ClubPA, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff staff
    edited January 2008
    Yeah - before i popped in i realized we've been pretty low key as far info to the community, and I didn't want people thinking things were borked. The process is going really well (again, take into consideration this is the first time we've done this, so i have zero perspective as far as how it normally goes), and we're super excited to release this thing.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Metric Heathens. My car can go 80 leagues of Rad to the hogshead and that's how I like it.

    "You must be at least this awesome to enter."


    I'm wearing thick shoes that add to my awesomeness. Do I make it to the cowboy's hand?

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