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PixelJunk Eden: Trophies Galore!

Dylan Cuthbert's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Cuthbert on Jul 23, 2008 // President and Executive Producer, Q-Games Ltd.

UPDATE: Hey, folks. Thanks for all the comments. It’s always great to get feedback straight from the fans. I just wanted to give you a short update on Eden.

First of all, be sure to check out the demo when it hits the PLAYSTATION Store tomorrow. Just a hint – if you explore the “main menu” you’ll find access to more than one demo stage. Also, to give you an idea of how cool the YouTube recording function works, here are a couple of videos taken by someone at Sony today.

This first one shows single player on an early stage.

This second one shows some 2-player action on a later stage, although the
demo and the full game feature multiplayer for up to 3 people.

Don’t forget to download the demo tomorrow!

Hello, this is Dylan from Q-Games (the Cuthbert one, not the Warhawk Jobe one – when did all these Dylans suddenly start turning up eh?).

We’ve just wrapped up PixelJunk Eden, and it has been an incredibly interesting project from start to finish. We started off by getting an intern programmer from France to try and implement Baiyon’s out-of-this-world foliage designs, and he did a good job with the help of one of our tech guys, and managed to replicate the look. So after he went back to France, we assigned a proper team and went gung-ho into development. That was around December last year. Back then all it had were plants. There was no player character or any real idea for what the game would become, but over the new year I had some sparks of inspiration and that’s when things really started getting moving, leading to the demo video we played at GDC ’08.


Anyway, this all leads into trophies somehow. Ah yes, because our development cycle is so short, we find ourselves being able to implement all the latest OS-supported features before anyone else can. For PixelJunk Monsters it was Dual-Shock 3 support, but this time there have been a couple of really cool new features and we have put both in. These are the Trophy support and the YouTube video upload support. Both of which are really cool.

Initially we implemented all our own trophy screens etc., but then Sony Computer Entertainment built it all into the OS, which really helped us out. The trophy comparing and your “gamer card” screen really up the ante for those hard core gamers out there. In fact, it might make some of the non-gamer types even turn hard-core as chasing trophies can be rather addicting.

PixelJunk Eden is a short-form PSN title so there are fewer trophies when compared to, say, a Blu-ray title (which can have the esteemed platinum trophy), but we still managed to pack in quite a few. To begin with, you can get a bronze trophy for opening every “seed” in a stage. This is quite a challenge on some of the stages as the gardens are large and expansive. Then there are trophies for a load of other things, such as destroying 500 of the “prowlers,” or collecting 15 “crystals” in one jump. My personal favorite is a trophy that you can only achieve in 3P mode, where you have to “volley” a player between you back and forth five times without him/her landing on a plant, a bit like tennis.

The YouTube upload feature is going to revolutionize how people share tips. Up until now it has been limited to people with video capture equipment, but from now on, anyone can record their game and upload it directly to YouTube from within the game! It is as simple as pushing one button to start and one button to stop and upload, and there is no affect on the gameplay thanks to the power of the PS3 and its abundance of SPU processors.

For more info on the YouTube API and PixelJunk Eden and to see it in action, take a look at the YouTube API Blog.

Oh, and we have been totally inundated with requests for trophies in PixelJunk Monsters via some kind of patch. As this goes to press, I can say we are definitely looking into it – you just need to badger Deborah Mars and her team in Santa Monica to get some dates set. If we release a patch, we will not only implement this but we will also implement XMB music and a couple of other things.

One final note about Eden, I really can’t emphasize enough how much pure fun this game is, and I’m saying this as a gamer, not as the developer of the game! My mail box has been overflowing with direct mails full of the same kind of comments from online review sites who have preview copies and I have never had that before, so we must be onto something (fingers crossed)!

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+ Snap on July 23rd, 2008 at 7:49 pm said:

Most excellent news Dylan. I’m really looking forward to playing PJ Eden tomorrow.

I hope we see PJ Monsters get trophy support. I’m still playing the game on a regular basis after all these months. It would be excellent if we could get trophies and some other XMB goodies.

Thank you so much for making such fine games for the PS3. And your remote play support is FIRST CLASS!


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+ BabeBro on July 23rd, 2008 at 7:53 pm said:

I honestly can’t wait to buy this. I will purchase it as soon they release it. I’ve been hearing plenty of good buzz surrounding it.


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+ Anddo on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:02 pm said:

Q-games FTW!

I’m checking this out for sure. The Youtube idea is brilliant!


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+ Delriach on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:03 pm said:

I can’t wait to try the uploading feature. It’ll most likely make recording a lot easier for me than the way I already have to do it.

Also… what ever happened to the second blog posting for the PixelJunk couple winners?


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+ Fenrokk on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:21 pm said:

fantastic news, i bought pixeljunk monsters encore last week (i had pixeljunk monsters since its release date though) and now you say you might bring trophies… & eden coming out tommorow!!! i can’t wait, this is a first day purchase.


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+ Morphine16 on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:29 pm said:

Will definetely buy on day 1, Nice job Q Games :)


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:34 pm said:

49
TheHater

anybody can get a visa prepaid card at walmart


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+ decimalator on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:38 pm said:

Oooooh! I’m stoked for Eden, and not even just because of the trophies (though majorly stoked for those!) I can’t get enough Pixeljunk!


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+ leetfoo on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:38 pm said:

can’t wait! PJM is the greatest co-op game of all time- you’ve got big shoes to fill.


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+ bader on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:52 pm said:

good news..
this game is so different & I will buy it.


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+ Dylan Cuthbert on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:55 pm said:

Wow.. what a huge response to my blog entry today!

To answer a few of the queries, the July 31st release date is worldwide (touch wood), I think this even means Australia.

This is NOT the last game in the series, by a long shot. However, we are going to be secret – we actually work on a lot of ideas and already have a “lost work” (ie. a title we cancelled halfway through development because it just wasn’t working the way we wanted it to)

I also heard there will be another blog enry tomorrow with some more info from the team at Santa Monica.

Oh and there will be a demo for the EU store too for a change! (a first for a PixelJunk game)
I think that will go up simultaneously with the full game next week.

I really can’t see anyone not buying it after playing the demo ;-)
(but I am bound to say that, right?)

Thanks for the TON of fan-mail we have been getting by the way – I try to answer most of them directly but if some got missed I apologize.


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+ bader on July 23rd, 2008 at 8:59 pm said:

This is NOT the last game in the series
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hell ya.
any thing about pixeljunk dungeon??


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+ Kedaro on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:15 pm said:

@Dylan Cuthbert

Not the Last!? That’s great news!

I think you guys would build a great full blown RTS game, A step above tower defense, and a step below overly-complex.

Think about it, the entire PlayStation catalog has very few RTS’s, and much less RTS’s that count as an RTS.(ie. Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, etc.)

Also I was wondering if you could answer the .blog community a question.

Q: How do you go about finding your inspiration for a new game, as an individual or a team? (ie. what gets the ball rolling on a new project?)

You’ve lead me to believe by your post, that it’s an extremely artistic approach, versus the more commonly known commercial method most seem to have adopted these days. Sounded like a fun process.


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    + dcuthbert on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:22 pm said:

    What happens is we think up a concept or two, see if the team gets their teeth into it, if they don\’t then we move onto the next concept, until one sticks. The initial concept and prototype has to be strong and have potential for us to take into full production.


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+ Voozi on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:27 pm said:

PixelJunk RPG next? Since PS3 is errr lacking in that department ;D

But question about PJE. Is it online co-op, or just offline? Or both?

~ Thanks! =D


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+ SantanaClaus89 on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:31 pm said:

For those worried about Eden being the last PixelJunk game, check this out.

Go here:

http://pixeljunk.jp/index.html

And click the red balloon to launch a trailer. Pay close attention at the end. There are more PixelJunk titles on the way. At least 3 more, to be exact.


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+ stinkey on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:34 pm said:

Wow it nice to see that you guys are implementing all the unique features of the PS3 like Remote Play, Trophies, SixaxiS, YouTube uploads and maybe XMB music with PJ Monsters


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    + dcuthbert on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:41 pm said:

    Yes, I forgot to mention in the blog that Monsters was one of the first games to support PSP Remote play too.

    To 113 Vooz – it is offline three player co-op. To be honest, I\’m not sure it is possible to have a game with these kinds of pixel-precise physics going on at 60hz with the lag that occurs for online play.

    Once everyone gets to play Eden you\’ll see what I mean but all the plants react and you grip onto them at any old angle or any old position you want. If there was even the smallest amount of lag the controls would start feeling sloppy and un-fun.


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+ gachapin on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:41 pm said:

JP store just got a this week’s update but there is no PJE demo :(


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+ lakaihigh on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:44 pm said:

this game looks sooo sick. can’t wait to start unlocking some trophies and the youtube thing sounds sick too. glad to see you guys are supporting newly added features and adding to that! i love it. and yes i want trophies and i/g music for monsters. dying for that.

peace,
Lh


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+ TTP on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:45 pm said:

Thanks for the reply Dylan! Yeah I guess that would be the best solution if “retro-rewarding” is not possible. Base trophies on new challenges rather than force people to do what they already did. Good. Love you.


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+ Ghostm on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:53 pm said:

Sony should make that youtube feature mandatory on games. That’s one of the hottest ideas I’ve heard of. If you check youtube right now you could even see people trying to get some good feed of them gaming. Unfortunately, they never look that great. With the new youtube feature, everyone can show off their skills. =)


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+ HanSolo on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:04 pm said:

about making something like a dungeon crawler…with online co op, lots of weapons armor spells and character customization, user built levels, vs arena play…..
all with graphics in the style of fat princess, including blood


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+ babybluedb on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:05 pm said:

thanks alot these are great features im really like the youtube upload feature its nice that you guys are caring so much about what we think should be in games and having them put in this is a must buy for me thanks


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+ Protopet on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:27 pm said:

Wow Sony you better secure these guys, they know how to make games. You’re awesome Q-games!

Remote Play, SIXAXIS and DS3 support, Trophies, Youtube support, multiplayer offline-an achievement that seems so foreign this generation, and it sounds like in game music!!!

This game will be great, can’t wait to buy it on day-one guys. Thanks for making great quality games in a small package Q-games!

Sony where are the Playstation Store cards? You said they would be in stores months ago and no one is spotting them. You guys need to hurry up, this is pathetic!


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+ FritoZ on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:40 pm said:

@Dylan-

Hi!

I really think you guys should focus some energy on making a new PSEye game! PJEden looks like it could have a neat interface with the eye..

i’m sure someone over there has some cool ideas for the Eye!

good luck!


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+ FritoZ on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm said:

oh yeah-

question about the video capture…are the clips also viewable from our hard drives later in our video tab?

that would be great!

looking forward to Eden…


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    + dcuthbert on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:48 pm said:

    Yes, you can choose whether to make it a hard-drive recording or a direct-to-Youtube upload. If you record it to your hdd you can transfer it to a PC and do anything you want with it.


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+ JJ555666. on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm said:

How about a pixeljunk monsters 2?


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+ funtownarcade on July 23rd, 2008 at 10:51 pm said:

Sweet dude, I got to play it at comic con today and it seemed pretty fun. This will be the first PixelJunk game I get.


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+ Fallen_Guardian on July 24th, 2008 at 12:00 am said:

I hope the “lost work” title isn’t PixleJunk Dungeons.


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+ dill3377 on July 24th, 2008 at 12:18 am said:

Hey my name’s dylan and it seems were both from Canada?


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+ MasterCharged on July 24th, 2008 at 12:19 am said:

why cant yall release this game tomorrow?


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+ dill3377 on July 24th, 2008 at 12:19 am said:

My name’s dylan and were both from Canada?


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    + dcuthbert on July 24th, 2008 at 12:56 am said:

    I\’m originally from England (same Queen), but I live in Kyoto Japan now. (Nintendo HQ is just a few blocks away from us here)


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+ VenomX on July 24th, 2008 at 1:08 am said:

Wow, your a few blocks from Nintendo HQ. That’s awesome. Pretty amazing.

Just watched the youtube videos and I’m impressed. How long can we record videos?


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+ My PSN is X-Ninja on July 24th, 2008 at 1:15 am said:

THANK YOUnfor making the blog videos YouTube so that thy can be played on the PS3! Well… The first 2 videos at least. ??? What’s up with that anyway?
Whatever. Thank you. It was pretty pathetic trying to explain to my friend (360 fan) that I couldn’t show him the 2.40 vid on the playstation blog using my playstation. :D


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+ My PSN is X-Ninja on July 24th, 2008 at 1:17 am said:

THANK YOUnfor making the blog videos YouTube so that thy can be played on the PS3! Well… The first 2 videos at least. ??? What’s up with that anyway?
Whatever. Thank you. It was pretty pathetic trying to explain to my friend (360 fan) that I couldn’t show him the 2.40 vid on the playstation blog using my playstation. :D

P.S. I just bouht pixeljunl monsters. ;) great game.


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+ Wildy on July 24th, 2008 at 1:23 am said:

It’s a 3 player online or offline coop..? And, in the first case, with voice chat or not? Thanks.


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+ Atoms on July 24th, 2008 at 1:38 am said:

Wow!


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+ jimmyn28 on July 24th, 2008 at 2:59 am said:

I’ve absolutely loved the idea of this game since I heard about it God-knows-how-long ago. It’s artsy but not pretentious in the least. After recently completing PJM: Encore with all rainbows, one would might think I’d be turned away from the idea of replaying it, but with the addition of trophies and a custom soundtrack, I think a second playthrough might just be mandatory.


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+ jimmyn28 on July 24th, 2008 at 3:00 am said:

I’ve absolutely loved the idea of this game since I heard about it God-knows-how-long ago. It’s artsy but not pretentious. And after recently completing PJM: Encore with all rainbows, one might be inclined to say I shouldn’t replay it, but with the [possible] addition of trophies and a custom soundtrack, I might — just might — have to give it a second playthrough. Thanks to Dylan and everyone at Q-Games for being such awesome developers. Keep up the good work.


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+ jimmyn28 on July 24th, 2008 at 3:01 am said:

Oops. Sorry about the double post. You can delete 135 and any other duplicates (along with this).


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+ Onna76_NL on July 24th, 2008 at 3:07 am said:

Can’t wait for the game, its going to be released on my birthday :-D


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+ ToMmY on July 24th, 2008 at 4:04 am said:

really looking forward to your projects!

i love pixel junk!

hope to hear something more about PJ dungeons. can you tell us more about it? :p


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+ youngplaya18 on July 24th, 2008 at 4:43 am said:

I can’t wait for this game next Thursday, but i have one question. Is the 3 player co op online? It’s not gonna affect my decision on if i’m buying the game, but i know it will affect the decision of some of my PSN friends. There seems to be a lack of online co op for some reason on the PSN.


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+ Fersis on July 24th, 2008 at 4:43 am said:

Day one buy for me .
And day one buy for me the next title from you guys :D


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+ Fersis on July 24th, 2008 at 5:04 am said:

@140 Youngplaya18
Its not online , hope that this not change your tought on buying it, because its really a sweet game


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+ crazypenguin on July 24th, 2008 at 5:08 am said:

SOOOOOOO getting this. like, just let me play the demo! i waaaant this game BAD.


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+ Skittles2 on July 24th, 2008 at 5:16 am said:

Doubt this’ll get replyed to butttt, are we gonna get any info on dungeons? like at leipzig or tgs?


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+ Jeigh on July 24th, 2008 at 5:24 am said:

Sweet update. I don’t think I’ll personally use the YouTube thing, but it’s certainly nice to know that if I want to it won’t be 30 seconds or something (which was actually closer to what I was expecting). I’ll most definitely be grabbing the demo today! :D


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+ GameDreamer on July 24th, 2008 at 5:54 am said:

Amazing. Can’t wait for the demo (and of course the full game)!

Nice to see creativity is alive and well on PS3.


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+ Daver on July 24th, 2008 at 5:58 am said:

Thanks for the update. I hope the title you guys cancelled was not the dungeon one. ;)


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+ Theossie on July 24th, 2008 at 6:02 am said:

Dylan..

Thanks to you and your team for all you all’s work… Like I’ve told you… You’ve got my support…


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