Arcade Distillery Details Upcoming Titles SkullPirates, War Theatre & Manufactured Beauty

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Arcade Distillery Details Upcoming Titles SkullPirates, War Theatre & Manufactured Beauty

Plus, a peek at how the stories of each game connect with each other.

2017 has been a busy year for us, after the release of the Death Tales beta, Plague Road and Mecho Tales, with the physical release of Mecho Tales still set for December.

I’m here today to show off three of our upcoming games planned for 2018, two of which will be playable at PSX in Anaheim.


In early development

Skull Pirates

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On the oceans, sailors tell stories of a ship crewed by the dead and flying the black flag of piracy. They say a skeletal army lives within its hold, waiting to assault unwary vessels and steal their treasure. In hushed tones, their name is uttered: “SkullPirates.”

Their captain, the Skull Queen, has a fearsome reputation as a cutthroat hunter of the seas. She should; she spent a whole lot on marketing to cultivate that image. She also spent a lot on weapons, cannons, clothes, hats, boots, jewelry, couches, drapes. But most of all, she spent money on her prized ship, “The Coccyx Avenger”.

In order to support this extravagant lifestyle, the Skull Queen borrowed money from unsavory characters, and now they’ve come to collect. A group of loan sharks, led by the cunning Sharktavia, have The Coccyx Avenger surrounded and are demanding repayment.

To save her ship, her career in piracy, and her reputation, the Skull Queen must send her crew to infiltrate the nearby isle of Catannia, locate its treasury vault, and steal anything that isn’t nailed down. It’s a good thing she has a lot of SkullPirates.

By successfully stealing the island’s more valuable treasures, you’ll be rewarded with new abilities and open new areas to explore.

Numerous treasures are tucked away throughout Catannia, just waiting for an enterprising SkullPirate to snatch them. But it’s one thing to take something and another to get away with it. Stealing from the locals will attract unwanted attention and authorities might be called to hunt you down.

When things get a little too hot, you’ll have to start running! Persistent enemies will give chase to retrieve their property and the only option is to flee with your ill-gotten gains and escape by boat from one several ports dotting the island.

Escaping Catannia with precious booty doesn’t mean you’re home free either. The waters between you and The Coccyx Avenger are sailed by rival pirates eager to claim the Skull Queen’s spoils for themselves.

SkullPirates will be even more fun with a friend in local or online cooperative multiplayer! The game will feature a drop-in/drop-out system, allowing two players to team up while raiding Catannia.The game will also feature cross-play multiplayer across PS4 and PS Vita.

War Theatre

Targeting Q1 2018 for release on PS4 and PS Vita

War Theatre

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War Theatre is a strategy RPG for PS Vita and PS4. I took the feedback from Plague Road and the progression system people wanted, so in War Theatre you can upgrade your party with gold you’ll collect after levels which will allow you to unlock new perks etc… and customize your army and playstyle.

This game is closer to my past turn-based strategies like Desert Ashes on PS Vita, but this time you will have hero units, as you can see in the screenshot above. Those who have played Plague Road might remember the look of this nurse — it’s set in the same world as Plague Road, but hundreds of years later.

You will be able to lead your armies with a hero unit, which has special abilities that the rest of your army does not. For example: the Nurse can heal, and the Rat Mother can send her children to poison enemies.

There will also be cross-play online multiplayer across PS Vita and PS4, but unlike SkullPirates which focuses on co-op, War Theatre’s focus is on PvP. Your army’s progression is the same across single player and multiplayer, so no matter what you do you’ll always be upgrading and making your army better.

Manufactured Beauty

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Manufactured Beauty will not be shown at PSX this year, but we wanted to announce it ahead of time since it connects to all the games on this list.

We’re aiming for this to be be the western game that really pushes the limits of PS Vita.

You play as Mr Cuddles, a mechanical rabbit who awakens in this mysterious city made out of leftovers of the world. The game is a 3D platformer with adventure game elements. You will find other mechanical animals that also have no recollection of their life before and that have created their own society within the ruins. It will be up to you to discover the purpose of all these leftover animals.

One of the areas of the game is an old theme park, which is based on the old times of the Pirates in that world. If you play SkullPirates, you’ll be familiar with the history of this area.

A Connected Universe

Arcade Distillery - Connected Universe

Death Tales, Plague Road, SkullPirates, War Theatre and Manufactured Beauty are all part of the same world, set during different times. Some characters may appear in different games, like War appearing in War Theatre as well as Death Tales. And the nurses order from Plague Road will be also in War Theatre. The graphic above shows how each game is connected, and what to look out for.

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  • Cool. But what about Jak 2, 3 and X for PS4? You said they were coming out in 2017, but this year is almost over.

  • Ops. I commented on the wrong article. Sorry

  • Thanks for the Vita suppport!

  • Thanks for the continued Vita support.

  • Manufacture Beauty got my interest!

  • Thank you for the continued PS Vita support! So happy to hear that the Vita will still be receiving releases in 2018. :)

  • Skull Pirates looks AMAZING…….. Looks like a sure fire day 1 purchase.

  • All these games look AMAZING! Thank you for the PSVITA support. Plague Road had flown under my radar but now I’m looking forward to playing it.

  • Great news! Looking forward to these games!

    Thank you for continue supporting the PS Vita!

  • Thanks for the games – and thanks for confirming the existence of the LucVerse. Or is it the Distilliverse?

  • Easy Platinum like Mecho Tales would be appreciated :).

    Two Separate Lists and Cross Buy.

    I guess you are hitting all check-boxes, expecting a Rhythm and Visual Novel someday.

  • I am very confused why there hasn’t been any top well known titles released for the Vita this year. Last year was fantastic just hoping for Christmas Day.

  • Skull Pirates will be Arcade Distillery’s next Kickstarter project, I hear? Would that include a ‘name in the credits’ option?

    To defraud your backers with? Much like you did with Plague Road – maybe call it the morally bankrupt tier?

    I’ll take a hard pass on anything Arcade Distillery ‘swear’ to, would recommended folks check out the Limited Run Games forum – specifically the discussion thread for Arcade Distillery, before you commit support.

  • I’ll second what Stellaking_si says. Plague Road was an awful game. Run from this dev!

  • I’ll third Stellaking_si. This company is a bunch of scam artists trying to steal your money with half-finished games and broken promises. Don’t support them at all. I want more Vita games too but if this is the caliber that we’re getting, I’d prefer to let it die. Plague Road is simply one of the worst games I’ve ever played on any console in my 25 years of gaming. We don’t need to promote companies like this.

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