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PixelJunk Eden: Oh Glorious Gardens…and Did We Mention Trophies?

Deborah Mars's Avatar + Posted by Deborah Mars on Jul 30, 2008 // Managing Producer, SCEA Santa Monica Studio

Hey everyone,

Deborah Mars here again. We’re so excited to be releasing PixelJunk Eden tomorrow (Thursday, July 31) on the PlayStation Network. Dylan Cuthbert and his team at Q-Games in collaboration with Baiyon, a Kyoto-based multimedia artist and DJ, have really outdone themselves here.

PixelJunk Eden

Now I know I’m biased with all my PixelJunk love, but seriously…this is one outstanding, addictive, gorgeous, amazing game. So I just wanted to take a moment here and mention some of the really cool “firsts” that the team has achieved with this title, and highlight some of the things that we really love about it.

1. Trophies

This is the very first game to launch with trophies. And just so you know what to be gunning for when you play, here is a complete list:

BRONZE

  • All Seeds 01 – Open all seeds in garden 01
  • All Seeds 02 – Open all seeds in garden 02
  • All Seeds 03 – Open all seeds in garden 03
  • All Seeds 04 – Open all seeds in garden 04
  • All Seeds 05 – Open all seeds in garden 05
  • All Seeds 06 – Open all seeds in garden 06
  • All Seeds 07 – Open all seeds in garden 07
  • All Seeds 08 – Open all seeds in garden 08
  • All Seeds 09 – Open all seeds in garden 09
  • All Seeds 10 – Open all seeds in garden 10
  • All Gardens Clear – Get a Spectra in each garden
  • Combo Ten – Pollen Prowler combo x 10
  • Combo Fifteen – Pollen Prowler combo x 15
  • The Hundred Thousander – Get 100,000 pollen in one garden
  • 500 Dead Pollen Prowlers – 500 Pollen Prowlers killed
  • Ten Minute Grimp – Get all 5 Spectra from a garden within 10 minutes
  • Fifteen Crystals – Get fifteen crystals in a single jump
  • Zero Wasted Pollen – Open all seeds in a garden without missing any pollen
  • Three Play Ping Pong – In 3p mode, trapeze jump between two swinging Grimps


SILVER

  • All Spectra Found – Get all the Spectra in all gardens

2. YouTube video upload support

How cool is this? It’s a great feature that allows you to capture up to 10 minutes of video footage of your Eden gameplay and then either save it to your XMB or upload to YouTube and share with your friends and the world. So hey, pulled a sweet co-op combo with your friends that you want to show off? Having trouble finding that last Spectra in garden 8? Now you’ve got the proof to back up your bragging rights…or at least accept the fact that you might need just a little bit of – ahem – help. :)

3. PSP Remote Play

OK so this isn’t a first. But it’s worth pointing out anyway so you can take PixelJunk Eden with you wherever you & your PSP go.

4. Accolades

Great news: We’ve just learned that PJ Eden won a Cheat Code Central award for “Best Puzzle / Arcade Game of E3 2008.” We’re really pleased with all positive response on the title, and thank you all for your support. If you haven’t played some of the other titles in the PixelJunk series, be sure to check out Q-Games’ other titles, PixelJunk Racers and PixelJunk Monsters + Encore.

5. Music & Art

We’re really loving the music and visuals that Baiyon created for PixelJunk Eden. You know the music is good when you can listen to it over and over and over again and it is still kicking. There’s more than 100 minutes of music in the game total, and be sure to stay tuned for an upcoming interview right here on this blog with Baiyon and PJE’s game director “Tomi” (Tominaga Shouichi).

6. Druck der Farben

Hands down, my favorite garden.

7. Cannons, teleports, gravity changing, oh my.

Enough said.

8. Top 5 Things Said While Playing Eden

Dylan Cuthbert sent us a link yesterday to a story on TripleTags.com about the top 5 things said while playing Eden. Matt Morton, Associate Producer on Eden, and I have our own here while playing co-op, so we’ll leave you with this list as parting thoughts

    – “Seeding!” [And yes, I know I’ve been ridiculed for this one.]

    – “Get off me!”

    – “Where did you go?”

    – “Combo. Combo! Combo!!”

    – “Get on the plant. Get on the plant!”

PixelJunk Eden

Always spreading the PixelJunk love,
Deb

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256 Comments   15 Replies

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+ Sancho45 on July 30th, 2008 at 10:28 pm said:

The 15 tokens in one burst has been the tricky one for me. The multiplyer hero was a b*tch too


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+ erico316 on July 30th, 2008 at 10:39 pm said:

now what are the chances of having pixaljunk eden and monster avatars?
let all of us on the blog rally together to get monster and Eden avatars for the psn.


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+ JDog09 on July 30th, 2008 at 10:51 pm said:

At erico316
You know what, Monster avatars on the PSN are’nt a bad idea. Sounds cool!


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+ LordVonPastor on July 30th, 2008 at 11:00 pm said:

@87.

The point I was making was that every new title needs to support all 4 features I mentioned.

There are 3 other features that gamers would like to see even more than trophies.

On that note, I’m sure PJ Eden is a good game, so please don’t think that I am knocking the quality of the game. Every title needs to have those 4 features built in from now on. I was merely hoping to see them announced for PJ Eden given that YouTube uploading is supported.


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:06 pm said:

@lordvonpastor

dude what are you talking about, not every game works with online, would mass effect be a good game online, no, would uncharted be a good game online, no

i’m down with custom soundtracks but in a small downloadable game if they want to perserve the integrity of the game that’s cool, i mean what would be the point of Everyday shooter without the soundtrack, it wouldnt be the game it is…, as cool as flow might be with a heavy metal soundtrack, it would ruin the artistic integrity

voice chat ties into online, if it doesnt have online why have voicechat, although otherwise i’d be inclined to agree with you, this is the only point i fully do agree with you on

Trophies, any game coming out after say september for first party and november by third party should have trophies, but anything in the next few weeks, well it’s a toss up and if it’s multiplat squeezed development they just might not have had the time to put the required stuff in there


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+ RoAcH2285 on July 30th, 2008 at 11:09 pm said:

@ Sancho45

The 15 token one is easy. When you see the rocks that come down with a number (It starts at 15). Just shoot all 15 rocks one at a time when they come down and you get a big green bonus rock. Just boost your ship right into/through it and there you go.


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:15 pm said:

@roach2285

that takes a perfectly placed shot through it, i did it by accident on lave difficulty 2 when i had two point tokens behind the green and got it from that, i hit 16 tokens

it is a bit of luck tbh


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+ FritoZ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:19 pm said:

It would be cool if after unlocking a level, you could then play it in a free roam mode that is totally aside from the normal game, and it would have no time limit..

so you could just spend hours exploring!

just an idea..


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+ RoAcH2285 on July 30th, 2008 at 11:19 pm said:

@coramoor

It was easy for me. I just lined up with it and boosted through it and got the trophy. The hard one is “Late Boomer”. I’ve got all of the trophies but that one. It takes a lot of luck.


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:21 pm said:

@fritoz

yea free roam mode would be awesome, maybe in an update if we all show as much support as we did for monsters, although i never bought encore… oh well

@roach2285

i don’t own the add on’s plenty for me in the regular game


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 30th, 2008 at 11:27 pm said:

Not to sound ungrateful but looking at the trophy list it’s a bit dissapointing. A poop load of bronze, one silver and no gold? I hope there’s more that hasn’t been mentioned.

I played the demo and it was a bit confusing my character kept dying while I thought I was doing what I was supposed to, pollenating the seeds.


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    + Matt Morton on July 31st, 2008 at 2:02 am said:

    Pollinating is only half of the game. You then climb higher in the garden to gather the Spectra. The Spectra is the goal in every garden.


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:29 pm said:

@c-h-a-o-s

the actual goal is to collect the spectra

and the general idea is that there is a cap put on trophies for value and while a lot of those seem worth a lot more, they were space capped


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+ Chaos_Bladez on July 30th, 2008 at 11:31 pm said:

*cough*I need a PSN card*cough*


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+ linebeginstoblur on July 30th, 2008 at 11:33 pm said:

The trophy list is horrible, if I may say so. Some bronze trophies are damn near impossible, while there’s one (easy) silver trophy, and NO gold trophies. Why isn’t Zero Wasted Pollen a gold trophy? Something makes me think that the requirements for the trophies and the listing of which one is what type (bronze, silver, gold) has never played this game, nor have they seen any gameplay. All Seeds as bronze trophies?

Super Stardust HD bronze trophies were just completing single levels. There NO trophies that said anything like “Destroy every rock” for every planet. Puh-leaze.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of trophies, but this is just ridiculous. Someone needs to fix this really quick before it goes out tomorrow. (Yes, I do know that it’s in Sony’s hands and nothing can be done about it, I’m just saying…)


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:37 pm said:

doubt it will line

seems to be a weighed system to stop some games being worth more in the trophy ranking scheme and that’s how they had to limit it, although i do think some of those should easily be gold, all pollen… combo 15 pollen dudes should be at least a silver, do what SSHD and have a bronze then higher level for silver

but like i said, i do believe it is a cap


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+ Bierbeer on July 30th, 2008 at 11:40 pm said:

Got a question:

How does this recording to HDD/Youtube work?

Will it record automatically and when you say “save” it takes the last 10 minutes you played or do you need to start and stop it yourself every 10 minutes?

The demo rocks btw!


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:43 pm said:

@bierbeer

you click a button to start the recording, i’m going to assume it’s select, although i don’t know for sure

then you can stop it whenever or it will record for 10 minutes, i can’t tell you whether or not you need to push the button again, or if it will just create another file


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+ LordVonPastor on July 30th, 2008 at 11:44 pm said:

@105 coramoor_

What I am talking about is offering gamers a choice. The same sort of choice the 360 offers.

If I want to listen to some other music whilst playing Everyday Shoooter, Fl0w, or PJ Eden why shouldn’t I be allowed to?

PJ Eden offers multi-player on the local console, but why can’t I also play online – with my friends that way? Some friends live in other countries!

As for the voice chat… The 360 allows gamers playing different games to chat. Until the PS3 permits that, online games should provide support for voice chat, just as Warhawk does.

The API’s are available to allow implementation of everything above.

I’m not worried about trophies at all, it is merely a nice to have. I listed them (last) to make my point that more significant features are not supported.


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+ coramoor_ on July 30th, 2008 at 11:49 pm said:

@lordvonpaster

choice is one thing, but when it is core to the experience, and it’s a small team and they don’t want to comprimise their vision, i’m sure sony can’t actually force them, well they could but since they want these devs, they’ll let it go

PJ eden is like that because as dylan has explained many times, the pixel to pixel precision makes this game about as impossible to do online successful as a fighting game sure it could be done, but the dev time and testing time isnt worth it when i’d rather they move onto their next project, take it up with him if you have a serious issue with it, right a long strongly worded email or something

as far as i know most online games do allow voice chat nowdays, aside from a few smaller psn titles with small online components like say elefunk

and if you want custom soundtracks so bad, mute your tv and use speakers or headphones…


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+ EvoAnubis on July 31st, 2008 at 12:30 am said:

Apparently, I need to repeat myself. For those that are asking about why there are no gold trophies and whatnot, let me post my understanding of the system. I just posted this on N4G as well.
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No platinum. Gold, they (PSN titles) can have, but no platinum.
The thing is, under the hood there’s a point system for the different levels of trophies. A PSN game can only have so much upon release, and then so much for an add-on. PJ Eden clearly needed more trophies. More trophies = lower levels for each one.
That’s why PJE w/o any expansion has 20 different trophies, while SSDHD only had 12.
Let me do a further breakdown:
SSDHD: 7 Bronze, 4 Silver, One Gold
PJE – 19 Bronze, One Silver
SSDHD 1st expansion – 2 Bronze, 2 Silver
SSDHD 2nd expansion – One Gold
Now, let’s apply a point value for each one, for argument’s sake.
We’ll say Bronze = 1, Silver = 2, and Gold = 6. Let’s look at it keeping that in mind.
SSDHD – 21
PJE – 21
SSDHD 1st expansion – 6
SSDHD 2nd expansion – 6
That make sense?


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    + Dulan Cuthbert on July 31st, 2008 at 12:47 am said:

    Yes, that\’s roughly the theory behind it.

    We give you the same amount of experience points but with more trophies rather than just having a handful of trophies that are gold or silver. We have to choose how to spread the experience points but in the end the player gets the same amount total.


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+ CrAzY-MoNk on July 31st, 2008 at 12:34 am said:

hi is this going to be out in the uk? and also Why no gold trophies?


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+ EvoAnubis on July 31st, 2008 at 12:53 am said:

Thanks for the confirmation . . . I was just guessing, but it seemed to make sense.


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+ Oxp01nt on July 31st, 2008 at 1:07 am said:

Looks like a good game can’t wait!


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+ Baseman on July 31st, 2008 at 1:56 am said:

Anyone know the price in Europe for this?

P.S.: My wife demands PJM trophies! ;)


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+ herb420 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:31 am said:

I don’t know if the higher ups are still reading this, but does it feature custom soundtracks? I never saw an official response. If it does not, just as a matter of information, I will not buy it. Please answer and say YES, of course it does.


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+ herb420 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:32 am said:

Will this game support in game custom soundtracks? If it does not I will not be purchasing it. Please answer even though I am so far down the list.


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+ herb420 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:32 am said:

I cant leave acomment what is wrong?


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+ herb420 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:33 am said:

Sorry about the many posts, it said 404 and I thought it did not work, my bad.


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+ Dylan Cuthbert on July 31st, 2008 at 2:43 am said:

Check out this guy! He’s recording his play of Eden live “24 hours”! Now that’s dedication!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/24-hour-pixeljunk-eden-marathon%21


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+ EvoAnubis on July 31st, 2008 at 2:43 am said:

It does the same thing for me. I just ignore it.

To answer your question, I’ve heard nothing about custom soundtracks thus far, so all signs point to “no.”

However, wait until tomorrow and ask someone who has it (like me). You can even shoot me a message on PSN if you wish, and I’ll answer the question on the spot.


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+ Matt Morton on July 31st, 2008 at 2:52 am said:

I’m watching sourpk do a 24 hour marathon of PixelJunk Eden. He downloaded it from the JP store and is streaming it live!!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/24-hour-pixeljunk-eden-marathon%21


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+ whoelse on July 31st, 2008 at 3:13 am said:

So, does this game support custom soundtracks? To me, this is a significant feature.


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+ sl4y4 on July 31st, 2008 at 3:15 am said:

Deb,

Please please PLEASE can you talk to the team about adding trophies to Pixeljunk Monsters? This would greatly enhance replayability, and it’s getting a little bit annoying having to say “this game supports trophies!”, when really every PS3 game should, like achievments.

Please?

p.s Keep up the great work


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+ herb420 on July 31st, 2008 at 3:24 am said:

Yeah, I am sorry to be so critical, but when you say something will be supported in the future, all future games should support it. The crazy line that I should just enjoy the stock music is B.S. Not everyone likes music in games at all, and for that very reason I usually play all games with the sound all the way off.

I am hoping that the games that do not support new features will have horrible debuts so as to encourage developers to include a function that all could benefit from. Before I go off on a rant I will just end this post here. Sorry for being a jerk.


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+ Romzen on July 31st, 2008 at 3:30 am said:

it is just hilarious how ferrari challenge is getting trophy support because they plan on releasing DLC for the game.

i bet if cod4 had further dlc it would definitely get trophies.


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+ EViD on July 31st, 2008 at 3:32 am said:

Thanks for spreading the PJ love. I am buying Eden as soon as it hits the Euro store (because the Saudi store is considered part of the Euro stores family, which is both puzzling and understandable).


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 4:18 am said:

dang its thursday right now!! (has been for 4 hours now) and still no PJE on psn!!!

and to the guy who says we should stop praising this game and acting like it is AMAZING when its just ok…..you are lame and pixeljunk eden IS AMAZING!!! your taste is what is lacking…


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+ tripletags on July 31st, 2008 at 4:21 am said:

I cannot wait to start a gardening team :)

We have gotten 15-20 off the demo alone by deleting the save file to keep practicing :)

Please take your time on PJ monsters .. we don’t need any distractions from Eden for a while.


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+ INTVGene on July 31st, 2008 at 4:43 am said:

Can’t wait to download it later today.


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+ Fersis on July 31st, 2008 at 4:48 am said:

Tomorrow i will buy it… today i dont have any money :(


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+ pscrzy on July 31st, 2008 at 4:50 am said:

Will this game have a soundtrack that we can purchase and download like Pixel Junk Monsters? The music really sounds Great!!


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+ SilverPR on July 31st, 2008 at 5:48 am said:

Well I know that I start playing the Demo and oh my!!! Looks simple yet complex, visuals are spot on, the only thing I complain is the controls sometimes are tedious when you wanna stop the character at some point he goes farther away. I guess is parts of the mechanics of the game and one has to adjust to it. Looking forward to purchase the game this weekend.


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+ ruffneckc on July 31st, 2008 at 6:17 am said:

I tried the demo and I must say, the game is quite confusing. A walk through video of how to play a level would be perhaps convince me to give it another go.

I have PJ Monsters and that game rules but I’m not playing it as much as I want because I’m hoping trophies will be coming along soon. You have no more excuses as PJ Eden is out :)


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+ salesmunn on July 31st, 2008 at 6:38 am said:

My wife is really looking forward to this one.

We loved playing the demo together, it’s so very excellent swinging off a plant and catching your wife when she misses her jump across the garden.


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+ CitizenErased on July 31st, 2008 at 7:04 am said:

I LOVED the demo. Now you’re just TEASING US WITH MENTIONING TROPHIES. I’m buying it tonight!


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+ Romzen on July 31st, 2008 at 7:10 am said:

I just bought it. Great game. And it looks so beautiful. Also unlocked my first two trophies.


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+ Scodo_Thope on July 31st, 2008 at 7:27 am said:

Games like this is why I own a PS3.

Honestly, when I first picked up PJ Monsters, I was concerned. I didn’t quite get it (or it didn’t get me). Now I do (and it does). And I am sure Eden will be the same.

Love works in mysterious ways.

:P


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+ mrnagy88 on July 31st, 2008 at 7:30 am said:

I have 3 words for this game:
Venus fly trap :-)


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+ safil on July 31st, 2008 at 7:36 am said:

how come i can’t buy it? i don’t see it in the store or through the demo?


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+ mrnagy88 on July 31st, 2008 at 7:36 am said:

@ 47, too bad, I would gladly pay $20 for this game.
The only thing left for them to add is user created content :-D


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