Happy New Year from Q-Games in Kyoto!

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A Happy New Year from here in Kyoto, Japan, one of the earliest places in the world to greet 2009 (being a whole 17 hours or so ahead of the West coast of America for example).


This blog entry is less about PixelJunk, which I’m sure you have all played and heard enough of this year, and more about the sheer amount of games I have been playing this year on my PS3.

To tell the truth, I didn’t buy a PS3 for my home until late last year (2007), because, well, we have plenty here at work and I felt I could get away with playing games “lightly”, ie. not playing them for hours on end until the wee hours of the morning.  However, I finally gave in and bought a PS3 to play PixelJunk Monsters at home and from that point on I have become a “core gamer”. 

Looking at the PixelJunk series you might not think I play normal full price titles, but I have always been quite a core gamer as it happens and I was simply going through a lull period at the end of the PS2 hardware cycle. On the PS2 one of my favorite games is Smuggler’s Run (the original) and if you haven’t played this I really recommend it, even if it is standard def and a bit lo-fi compared to games these days on the PS3.

Anyway, on to the PS3 itself. Early in the year, in-between marathon bouts of Monsters I found myself booting up a lot of games, but Burnout Paradise was one that really stuck out for me, thanks to their continuing support and addition of new content.  I, of course, took Niko through his paces in GTAIV, although at some points in the game I wish the “difficulty and fiddly” factor wasn’t so high and I could just be washed along with the story, so at about 20-30 hours in I gave up and moved on to Call of Duty 4, but for some reason, and contrary to the huge popularity of this game, I just didn’t end up coming back to play this very much – maybe because I don’t tend to play online. The realtime intro-movie is one of the best bits of gaming cinema I have ever seen though (until then the intro to Half-Life 1: Opposing Force was high up there in my mind).

And then came LittleBigPlanet, or rather, the first public closed beta program for Little Big Planet.  Right off the bat, I fell in love with this game – Stephen Fry was a brilliant choice for the voice-over with the way he makes up words to express the emotion of the game, in a similar fashion to the way you make up worlds to express yourself in the game. I have two worlds published and both are devilishly difficult I am afraid to say (as some people say PixelJunk games are I hear!). Try them out for yourselves- >  search for Comfy Sofa World and Gion Festival.

Following hot on the heels of LBP, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift became a firm favorite for me, the track design is really too good in this game – at first it seems like the trails you can take are difficult to understand but after a couple of races you soon learn to spot where to go and start taking short-cuts and risks and really enjoying yourself. This and LBP alone could have kept me going for months alone but then Fallout 3 came out…

Re-reading the above, I suppose that because I make PSN games for a living I tend to want to play full price games in my spare time, however I pepper my play time with more immediately addicting games such as the PixelJunk series and other download titles, this creates a good balance for me, and sometimes it is necessary to wind down. Grabbing a Spectra a night on Eden is a great way to come down after being scared witless playing Dead Space in surround sound and in the dark.

Here’s to an amazing 2009 for gaming as I am sure it is going to be, what with two or three more PixelJunk titles coming out, right!?

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  • Wow, it really is 2009 isn’t it?

    And I meant “complimenting” in the above post, though the PixelJunk series DOES complement other games quite nicely. :P

  • Hey Dylan It was hard to find you! since you let the comfy world one open a lot of people publish it as their own :(

    both were great :)

  • cant wait for the eden patch. the game is fun but its not the type of game i want to be rushed through. and the music is really good.

  • You’re one of my favorite developers, and a big reason why PSN games are so special.

    Thanks again.

    Oh, and please, trophy patch for Racers. ;)

  • o yeah and make an rpg already

  • Pixeljunk Monsters == Game of the Year!

    I have spent countless hours on this game. We need a proper sequel! ;)

  • eden and monsters are the best and most high quality games I’ve bought on psn (bought ratchet &c qfb off the shelves), keep up the good work! Will be glad getting the eden patch and resume the playing!

  • Great can;t wait for the patch, hopefully it will help me out.

  • I enjoyed a lot playing pixel junk monsters but the trophy patch was very disappointing.
    About future titles I hope you will make for another wonderful work.

  • Happy New Years guys!

    Please make Eden and Monsters online multi-play-able!


  • Please release more content for PixelJunk Monsters!! Maybe a 3rd Island???

  • Woohoo! I just set the high score on your LBP Comfy Sofa level :)

    Nice work BTW and I look forward to seeing more from you.

  • Keep the fresh new ideas coming. I don’t like Monsters much but I’m a RTS fan. And after this year with Sins of a Solar Empire, I like the massive scale of everything.
    I will problary buy it once its bundled with encore tho cause I’m sucker for its art style.

    Don’t stop with just PixelJunk either keep them coming afterwards^^, You guys need your own store like capcom.
    *Learn online co-op;)*

  • Dulan Cuthbert replied on January 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Around the second week or so of January there will be a patch which makes (among other things) the large crystals replenish a whole half of your oscillator meter instead of a third.

    just so you know the patch was release yesterday,january 1st

    • Wow, that\’s great news, the testers must have been working overtime over Christmas, those poor guys!

  • Please give us in-game xmb music for Pixel Junk Eden and why are you so cruel making garden 7!!! I was hooked until 7 I hope there’s a patch coming soon.


  • Any news on the EU patch ?

    I thought it was being released on the 19th December ?

  • Double post: I don’t see a patch 64 do we need to do something special other then boot the game?

  • LN_MEXWARRIOR – Yes you have to say this really fast 5 times without swearing or it wont install;

    “I’m not a pheasant plucker I’m a pheasant plucker’s son and I’m only plucking pheasants ’till the pheasant plucker comes”


  • Happy Holidays, I cannot wait to play PixelJunk Dungeons, and whatever else you have up your sleeve.

    I love Smuggler’s Run and hope Rockstar would revisit it with modern tech and gameplay.

  • I love your games, I bought all 3, until 2 of them got deleted with my old PSN account, because I forgot the password for it and had to reformat my PS3 because it broke down.

    I bought Eden on my current PSN and I have gotten every single trophy in it. I must have played over 20 hours on it. Eden is the BEST downloadable title I have played to date.

    I really hope you guys continue to do exclusives for Sony in the future.

    I wish you guys would shine some light on your next project. Do you know when you’ll be able to release any details?

  • Can’t wait for Dungeons, looks interesting


  • dylan i think the guys might have slip one out
    i download the patch yesterday,the 1st,now i have the version 1.05 but after telling people about it,it seems that today,the 2,the patch is not online anymore

    anyway thanx your team for it,im sure im not the only one who catch it on the 1st and you can tell them that it work its actually easier

    • Maybe it was a new year present from some Sony IT guy ;-)

      Ok, so I presume we are still on schedule for a release in a couple of weeks or so.

  • Smugglers Run is awesome, i had both games,me and my friends used to play the capture the flag most of the times

  • Huh, you would think that since you’re the president and executive producer of Q-Games, no one would mind you using the companies PS3s to play games all night.

  • You guys are awesome. Monsters had me hooked (never did get into racers, sorry) and I must say, I agree with your list of top games — including the bit about CoD (although personally it was the low res that killed it as an online FPS for me).

    Resistance 2 Co-Op has also been incredibly fun although Fallout 3’s had my full attention for about 40 hours now.

  • what can i say about the pixel junk games1
    first let go with the bad pixel junk racer was not ur best game and almost put me off on getting anything pixel junk.then along came the best tdefence game ever in pixel junk monster .
    then came another jewel in pixel junk Eden .im guessing pixel junk racer was a test games for you guys right?
    keep up the good work im hoping for 2 all new games from you guys am i right to assume that w hat you meant?

    • Actually, Racers is very dear to our hearts – it is still greatly misunderstood by most (although we have some great fan mails from people who are addicted to it), it\’s more of an action puzzle game than a racing game and needs to be played like that.

      It is also a great party game with one or two other players – play it in random track/random game mode and you\’ll find you can\’t stop! :-)

  • “Here’s to an amazing 2009 for gaming as I am sure it is going to be, what with two or three more PixelJunk titles coming out, right!?”

    I just spooged whilst flaccid.

    This is great news. Im a huge supporter of Q-Games and hope they can prove themselves yet again as on of the most unique and innovative devs.

  • Happy new year Dylan! I can’t wait to see what PixelJunk Dungeons is about, the idea of a pixeljunk style Diablo game is too awesome. You should give Metal Gear Solid 4: Sons Of Liberty a shot, I liked a lot of the same games as you and MGS was my fave ps3 game last year.

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