PixelJunk Comes to PlayStation Now

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PixelJunk Comes to PlayStation Now

If you know anything about Q-Games, you know that we made a name for ourselves during the PlayStation 3 era with our acclaimed PixelJunk series. Debuting way back in 2007, we were one of the first indies to cut our teeth on the newly released console. Our idea for the series was simple: rework old school gaming concepts in beautiful high-definition visuals, while keeping the easy to learn, difficult to master gameplay that made us fall in love with games in the first place.

From the outset of the PlayStation 4 launch, we’ve been bombarded with questions about the bringing some of our most beloved games over from PlayStation 3 to the new console. There have been calls, emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and yes, even the occasional person showing up to our offices to plead the case for the acclaimed series to enter the next generation of the console.

Well, I’m happy to announce that day has finally come!

Starting August 31st, you’ll be able to delve right back into the PixelJunk world when the games become available on PlayStation Now! We’re super excited to give old a new fans a chance to experience the now classic PS3 games on PlayStation 4.

Subscribers to PlayStation Now will get access to:

  • PixelJunk Monsters
  • PixelJunk Eden
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • PixelJunk Shooter 2
  • PixelJunk Sidescroller
  • PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap

Including the recently released PixelJunk Nom Nom Galaxy and last year’s PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, both available on PSN for individual purchase, PlayStation 4 is now the destination for PixelJunk games!

Some of you might be new to PixelJunk, so here’s a primer to get you started:

PixelJunk Monsters

Inspired by the popular and addictive tower defense genre, PixelJunk Monsters takes the simple real-time strategy concept of building, researching and base defending and presents it in a uniquely attractive style. In the game, Tikiman, a dancing defender-of-the-forest, strategically builds a variety of defense towers in a lush 2D environment with the goal of defending the pathway to your home base (and children!) from an onslaught of threatening monsters. With 20 different stages, dozens of different towers, a gaggle of interesting and infuriating monsters, and most importantly – couch co-op! – PixelJunk Monsters has earned a reputation as one of the most beloved tower defense games of all time.

PixelJunk Eden

PixelJunk Eden is probably the most abstract game of the PixelJunk series. Picture if you will, a psychedelic platformer where you guide a tiny, silk-spinning ‘grimp’ through the gardens of Eden on a mission to grow each by pollenating flowers and finding precious ‘Spectra’. You grip, jump and swing, destroying “Prowlers” and collecting their pollen which lets you grow more plants to take you further and deeper into the gardens. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music by fellow Kyoto native Baiyon make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Plus, up to 3 player local co-op!

PixelJunk Shooter

In PixelJunk Shooter, you pilot a subterranean exploration vehicle to explore the interior of diverse cave-like complexes. You must affect the surrounding and dynamic terrain to progress. The goal is to safely navigate through each vivid stage and rescue survivors scattered about the cavernous environment. Each stage is in-effect a flow simulation whereby you attempt to control various types of liquid (water, magma, etc) and solid matter (rock, earth) either by destroying it, manipulating it or moving it. These dynamic fluid effects are at the heart of the game’s visuals. Plop down on the couch with a co-pilot for even more fun!

PixelJunk Shooter 2

Expanding on its innovations of its predecessor PixelJunk Shooter, PixelJunk Shooter 2 is a complex and dynamic fluid simulation system, which fills the game world with flowing liquids and hazardous gases, and provides the game its distinctive style. Blast holes in walls or use your ship itself to drill past scorching hot magma. The fluids react in real-time to the player’s actions and to other liquids, creating unique and exciting situations with every play. The goal of the game is to keep cool (your ship is susceptible to overheating) whilst finding and rescuing the many helpless, stranded survivors. You’ll need to master the deformable terrain, the flowing liquids and the fierce life forms as you proceed deeper into ever more challenging environments. And even more local co-op! Notice a theme here?

PixelJunk Sidescroller

The final chapter of the Shooter trilogy! Sidescroller finds our Shooter pilot protagonist killing time on his orher way back home by pumping space quarters into a retro side-scrolling shooter. Reinventing the genre from the ground up while maintaining that nostalgic feeling, PixelJunk SideScroller is a bit of side story fun. Dodge flurries of alien bullets and strategically upgrade your weapons as you battle your way through sweeping stages full of hazardous fluid and endless shooting mayhem. Friends need not wait put their quarter in the queue to play next, because Sidescroller is also sporting local co-op.

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap is an addictive slot car racing game that features single player and multiplayer fun. Intuitive controls, 32 different race modes, and online rankings will provide countless hours of racing mayhem. Racers is the granddaddy of the PixelJunk series and also with local co-op king! Up to 7 players can hit the track, making it a great party game.

PlayStation Now includes 140+ games, from blockbuster hits to indie gems—like the PixelJunk series—and everything in-between. We hope you’ll give the service a try for yourself. Click here to start your 7-Day FREE Trial.

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  • The PixelJunk games have always been fun. I just don’t think it convinces me or many others to use the service I think.

    If PSNow had Resonance of Fate and 3D Dot Game Heroes, I would rent those individually immediately. Would sub for a long time if they were part of the subscription service, too.

    I think some of the smaller retail titles need to make it to PSNow for more people to catch on to it. Ones people missed. Too many of the PSN titles are apart of it imo, and though many are great, I don’t feel like investing time towards them. I think a lot of people fell that way.

    • I think it gives people who perhaps didn’t get to try them out back in the day a chance to play some PixelJunk.

    • I dunno dude. For the cost of either of those games you could play them on your PS3 today for a fraction of the cost. If you don’t have a PS3 I’m pretty sure that the cost would still be less to invest in the system then fool with this service which is hit or miss in performance.

      I’d rather have backward compatibility with these games as well as the PSOne Classics from last gen, PS1 Discs, and PS2 discs and classics.

      @Dylan Cuthbert
      That holds a little weight. However you can experience Pixel Junk Shooter Ultimate on PS4 for less than the cost of renting it to completion or paying for this service. Monsters, Eden, and Sidescroller could still see versions on PS4 and I encourage it. These are good games, but they don’t justify PS Now and would make my Cross Buy, Cross Save loving self very happy if they came to Vita.

  • There is so much great content on PS Now, but I feel as though it isn’t given the exposure it needs to generate a positive view of the service. For example, I played Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time via PSNow, and it was an AMAZING experience! But outstanding content such as this are almost invisible to the general consumer — available only as an entry on a hard-to-find list. I think Playstation needs to individually show amazing PSNow games like Catherine, Shadow of The Colossus, Mass Effect 2, Ratchet & Clank Future, God of War, Uncharted, etc. It would be wonderful to post a video of a brief play-through, or a trailer-style commercial of some of these heavy-hitting games to show that they are full-on adventures, easily rent-able, or available via the subscription.

    Selling the individual “hit” *games* rather than the *service* would probably generate more support and interest for an incredible service.

    • Oh, and the Pixel Junk games look really fun! I will be sure to check them out!

    • Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. We’re excited to have so many great games and publishers as part of PS Now. We hope everyone gives the 7-day trial a shot, so they can give them games a spin for themselves!

  • I think playstation should add more than 5games a month for ps now maybe 5big triple a games and 5 smaller/indie games to ps now is that a possiablty to add more games each month to the subscription plan?

  • Are these our PS Now games of the month? When are we getting Red Dead Redemption, the rest of the BioShock games, the rest of the Batman Arkham games, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, etc?

    • i want PixelJunk Monsters 2 on PS4!!!

      or if i could atleast buy the first one on ps4 it would be great to

  • well thats nice and all, Dylan, but where are some NEW games ?

    • Well, NomNomGalaxy was launched on PS4 just a couple of months ago! And… of course The Tomorrow Children is right around the corner!

  • Still no need to use that Free PSNow Trial. 1 1/2 years of not renewing my Playstation Plus subscription. I even been sitting on a 30-day PS+ voucher I got from purchasing Destiny.
    I remember back in the day when PS+ was worth it, now since Sony gained popularity, it is like they gave up on their customers. “Thanks for your money, here is an over priced 8-bit style game for free or discounted to a normal price.”

  • Hey guys,

    I don’t think this is the case on PS4, although it may still work on PS3 – PSNOW, but Pixeljunk Racer 2nd Lap could not support 7 players, as the PS3 could natively, as the PS4 only supports up to 4 controllers. So correct me if I’m wrong, but should the game be limited to 4 player in the description and not say 7?

    Fun games by the way, just don’t want anyone thinking that the game can be played with 7 DS4 controllers on a PS4 system, if it’s not the case.

  • @DylanCuthbert Where’s my 4AM brother???

  • I’ve really loved the PixelJunk and am glad to see it coming over to PS4/Vita/PSTV etc. though I’d prefer native support over streaming. Perhaps a collection someday?

  • Interesting just how many people actually use this service?

    • I did for 6 months (2x 3 month subs).

      I enjoyed it while i had it. It was able to stream PS Now games to my vita at the library while my daughter was at her preschool classes. (It wasn’t worth driving home).

      I’ll probably resubscribe in winter if they put some good RPGs up there. (already platted FFXIII on PS Now).

    • @ Sabvre – glad to hear you were able to enjoy some quality time with PS Now & PS Vita at the library. Hope to see you back in the service again soon.

  • Excellent job guys
    PJMonsters was my favorite PSP game. Ultimate is one of my favorite Vita games. And my wife and I love the Encore edition on PS3.

    Sooo… can we get an all new PJM2 for Vita and PS4!!!!
    Add 4 player local co-op, crazy build your own stages death challenges to share, platinum trophy (those challenges deserve a gold each already). Maybe a battle mode where you send monsters versus other player defenses.
    I’m still playing ultimate now on Vita trying to finish all hardcore!!
    These spiders!!!!!!!!! Nothing like 5 black flag ice towers then roasted spiders!!!

    • For its simplicity and age Monsters remains a classic. We put a hell of a lot of effort into tuning that game and I think that’s why it has lasted so well and is still so much fun, and just as infuriatingly addictive as it was when it came out in 2008(!).

  • Ok my argument with ps now is that has to be some way to have access to ps 3 games that you already own whether it is a physical disc or stored on your system. Ps now is a great concept but in the same light a complete rip off cause I am being expected to pay again for games that I already own. I would use ps now for games I never played but until I am able to access games that I already own for free I refuse to get ps now

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