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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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+ TouchyEd on July 31st, 2008 at 7:41 am said:

PJ Developers:

Congratulations on having the COURAGE to make this game. As a former game-developer myself, I know that the industry is rife with creativity — but sorely lacking in the courage to see that creativity through.

I’ve sat in on my share of “what should we develop next” sessions (with a handful of different development companies)…and I’ve listen in awe to some of the most incredible game “pitches” you could imagine.

But shortly after those brain-storming sessions end, the realities (and economics) of the gaming industry usually start to erode that creativity — and continue to do so until the end product is just another “we’ve seen that before but we know it will sell” product sitting on the shelf.

And while I don’t imagine that Eden will start an entirely new genre in gaming, it will certainly nudge at the borders of the envelope, planting seeds if you will. And from those little seeds, well, who knows what might grow?

Many thanks, and keep up the great work.


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+ RandomEarthling on July 31st, 2008 at 8:07 am said:

Will the progress you made in the demo carry over into the full game? I found all the spectra in level 1 and don’t want to have to go through that again.

Sorry if this was already addressed but there was a lot of text to sort through and I may have missed it.

Deb – Please put trophies in for Pixeljunk Monsters! Thanks!


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+ emjayx on July 31st, 2008 at 8:17 am said:

Hey guys, I’m loving the demo for the time being, but I don’t understand what “seeding” means? Is it in Co-op only?


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    + Matt Morton on July 31st, 2008 at 2:49 pm said:

    \”Seeding!\” was a word that Deb would yell out as she was making a tough jump to a full Seed Point. It was inter-office banter only, until we were demoing the game to Jeff Rubenstein (who ALWAYS has a camera running). Soon we fell back into the office banter and Deb can be heard yelling out \”SEEDING!\” several times in the video.

    We try very hard to not let her live that down! :)


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 8:19 am said:

where the hell is this game??? Still its not on psn wtf???? I want it now…other people already downloaded it??? where the hell is it??

damn man I go through all this trouble of getting the money together and you guys dont even release when u said u would………….jeeeeez


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+ Rendermonk on July 31st, 2008 at 8:22 am said:

It’s Thursday…..any chance you can release the game now, instead of later this evening?? Really looking forward to the game, great work on an innovative title. I’ve bought all the PixelJunk series games and been thoroughly pleased!! Keep it up! Also have to through my vote in for trophies for PixelJunk Monsters please :)


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+ Delriach on July 31st, 2008 at 8:31 am said:

I cannot wait for this gaaaaame. Are there any plans for Eden expansions like Monsters had ? And… will Monsters get another expansion :)?


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    + Deborah Mars on July 31st, 2008 at 7:05 pm said:

    All good questions. We\’re hopeful. :-)


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+ El-Suave on July 31st, 2008 at 8:31 am said:

Bought the game right away. It’s a really great value. Also thanks for getting it out across Europe the same time the Americans get it.


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    + Deborah Mars on July 31st, 2008 at 7:07 pm said:

    You are most welcome!


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 8:33 am said:

El-Suave thats funny you thank them for getting it out in europe at the same time as Americans….well im an American and it is not out here at all….and im very pissed off about that…


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+ safil on July 31st, 2008 at 8:36 am said:

why do the europeans get it before us, the americans? that’s not right! that’s not the american way of us first and them last! what the hell? i wish the berlin wall was still up… damn European Union!!!


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+ blkant on July 31st, 2008 at 8:41 am said:

Dylan and rest of this games devs, sorry you have to deal with jerks like #47 post. Personally I think most of us really do appreciate what you’ve made, I myself loved the demo and am getting it when it comes out today. Thank you for keeping with up your original games/ideas. While jerks like him post garbage comments, many of us truly appreciate it =)


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+ crystalx3d on July 31st, 2008 at 8:58 am said:

@154 , 159
Chillax people. She said it was coming out today. And it will, along with everything else that gets added to the store today. Go outside and get some fresh air. Jeez.


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+ danielakadanny on July 31st, 2008 at 9:02 am said:

finally a game with TROPHIES


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 9:03 am said:

ill get some fresh air when im working 12 hours a day….in my free time I would like to play this game….I dont have time to wait around for this I have other obligations it just pisses me off man…I went through a lot of trouble to get the $10 to buy this thing today…I could have just waited till I got paid tomorrow….buut nooo I wanted to have it when everyone else got it….now you not only wasted my time spent getting the money but also you wasted my time spent waiting around for this………..


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+ stewey on July 31st, 2008 at 9:05 am said:

I can’t wait for this game! It will be a first minute buy for me today :D


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+ Fersis on July 31st, 2008 at 9:20 am said:

@154 MidnightBlues
Simple as : The European Store has already been update, the American Store is updated later.

dont get upset man.


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+ crystalx3d on July 31st, 2008 at 9:29 am said:

I hate to say this, but if it really took you a long time to come up with $10, you need a new job.

So has there been a definitive response whether or not this game does/will support custom soundtracks? Normally this isn’t a big deal to me, but after playing the demo I was less than impressed with the music. (Compared with the Monsters game which I thought had an excellent sound track) Or does the music get better as the game progresses? The worst is definitely the title screen music.


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

your right man I really have overreacted….sorry for that my post was kinda lame and impatient


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 9:31 am said:

crystalx3d…..well man currently all of my money has to go to my large amount of bills I gotta pay….sorry its not that easy for me to just get a new job….its been hard this week excuse me if I dont have the money to throw around.


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+ EvoAnubis on July 31st, 2008 at 10:03 am said:

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

Jeez . . . that IS hardcore.


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+ p-s-3 on July 31st, 2008 at 10:10 am said:

Someones got 45/50!!! i saw when i was playing it??? He was quick!!! ;-D
I’m taking it slow and easy! ;)


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+ EViD on July 31st, 2008 at 10:17 am said:

Keep getting error 80023102 (though I bought Siren full game yesterday). Hopefully it’ll “correct itself” soon.


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+ Dave702 on July 31st, 2008 at 10:17 am said:

Life with Playstation???


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+ jcasanova on July 31st, 2008 at 10:29 am said:

Does Eden works on PSP through remote play?

I think it would be nice if you released a PixelJunk Bundle (Racers, Monsters w/Encore, and Eden) on bluray and PSP’s UMD :)


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

I wish I had the PSN card to buy this awesome game ( come on SONY hurry up with those cards, did U guys sent them on a donkey to every store??)


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+ Mort on July 31st, 2008 at 10:35 am said:

Dear Deb (A.K.A. “The Hotness”),

Thank you soo much for getting this game out to us all so quickly. The demo was awesome, although a little harder than I expected! – Maybe I’m just not very good at games….

Anyway, love the game, will buy it as soon as it hits the store later today. Hopefully you guys can enjoy a cocktail or two before moving on to bringing us the next great game. Congrats guys.


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    + Deborah Mars on July 31st, 2008 at 7:04 pm said:

    Aww such kind words. Thank you for all your support. We really do love to hear the feedback and we love the love. Hope you are now well into the 3rd or 4th garden!


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+ Jackal888 on July 31st, 2008 at 10:51 am said:

Deb,Dylan and Matt thanks for all your work on PixelJunk Eden. The game looks and sounds great.I would like the PixelJunk Crown as an Avatar on PSN.If that is not possible then maybe the Bee from PJ Monster(1-2).

I know there is fan pressure for things that are not in the game. Custom Soundtrack, Online Play etc. Do not bend!Editing is the key to a great experience. I want to hear the great sounds of Eden and play with my friends near to me.

When will you announce game (1-4) or is this just a 3 game season? Maybe the next game is (2-1)? Well us fans will wait.


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+ Koundjia2183 on July 31st, 2008 at 10:53 am said:

I’m also as excited as everyone else for Eden.

Any chance that with all this PixelJunk success and fan-crazy blog boards that we could get some PixelJunk avatars on the PS3. Kratos, LocoRoco, HotShots, Lemmings, etc are all pretty cool but I’d prefer to have a big fat shielded bumblebee because we all know how tough they are. Some new Eden ones would also rock!

Also throwing out my support for Monster trophies since I’m working on the rainbows for Encore at the moment.


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+ P_tear_griffin on July 31st, 2008 at 10:56 am said:

enjoyed the demo… waiting patiently for the actually game to come out today :)


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+ VixDiesel on July 31st, 2008 at 11:19 am said:

I’m still waiting for you guys to say you’re gonna patch in online.


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+ Echnaton on July 31st, 2008 at 11:33 am said:

I love this game and it’s even better than MGS4 :-) Creativity ! that’s what counts!
(People may call me crazy)

Absolutly worth the money!

Greetz from switzerland!


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+ DKShadow on July 31st, 2008 at 11:46 am said:

Trophies do not work for me. I work for a gaming website and I’m trying to review the game but it sucks quite a lot that one of my favorite features doesn’t work. I’ve successfully collected all seeds in Garden 01, but I’ve yet to be granted any trophies.

Any suggestions anyone?


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+ SpeedNut on July 31st, 2008 at 11:47 am said:

Looking good!


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+ s0njas0n on July 31st, 2008 at 11:49 am said:

I’m still getting the game, but I’ll never be able to get 2 other people together to co-op with me unless it was online. Why is it impossible for this game to have online? There are many other more complex games than this that have online.


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+ VixDiesel on July 31st, 2008 at 11:55 am said:

DKShadow, is it the full game or the demo? Demo doesn’t have trophies in it.

Still waiting for that online patch announcement.

Again, Sony needs to force dev’s to either have online co-op options or not allow them to have co-op trophies.


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+ DKShadow on July 31st, 2008 at 12:14 pm said:

Full game but I found out that I was just mixing up some stuff – Just got the first trophy now :)


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+ Jackal888 on July 31st, 2008 at 12:20 pm said:

@ViXDiesel: Go meet some people and make some friends in your area. Maybe a PS meetup in your area. I do not want online co-op for PixelJunk games. They are about same screen co-op and people playing together. I do agree Sony should require Trophy Support in all games. The Co-op trophy can be an excuse to make some new friends.


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+ s0njas0n on July 31st, 2008 at 12:29 pm said:

the friends in my area that i talk to on a regular basis don’t play video games and the people that i do know that play games pretty much all play the 360. the only way i’d be able to get 2 other people to play with me is online. i could maybe get one other person while they’re visiting, but most of my friends have other interests.


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+ sucka on July 31st, 2008 at 12:34 pm said:

can’t find it on the Playstation Store 9:30am July 31 when will it be up?????


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+ sucka on July 31st, 2008 at 12:35 pm said:

where is it 9:30am july 31 nothing


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+ sucka on July 31st, 2008 at 12:36 pm said:

where is it cant find it 9:30 july 31 nothing


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+ TCampbell76 on July 31st, 2008 at 12:42 pm said:

I’ll be quite honest… most of the Pixel Junk games haven’t appealed to me, but Eden definitely has that catchy Loco-Roco vibe with decent dance music that I dig about it. Definitely will pick it up tonight. :)


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 12:48 pm said:

its 1PM here and still no sign of eden…

:(


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+ TouchyEd on July 31st, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

Midnight Blues:

The PSN store is almost always updated in the evening hours (around dinner time), so spare us the repetitive posts about the game not being available yet.

Have some frickin’ patience. Go outside and enjoy the afternoon.


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+ saintfighteraqua on July 31st, 2008 at 1:16 pm said:

It was a great demo, but really hard!
I can’t wait to play the full game!
Ignore those who ridicule it with no good reason. I am happy with the unique style the Pixel Junk Games are offering, please make more soon!!!


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+ TheInfectedBy590 on July 31st, 2008 at 1:22 pm said:

Damn it! It’s 4:20! The PERFECT time to play the game! And it’s not out yet :(


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 1:35 pm said:

@ midnight blues:

i share your pain. i’ve been watching the clock since about 10:00pm (3 hours earlier than you) lastnight (note: when the playstation store is *usually* update here on the west coast of the United states) and yet still nothing new.

I am not happy that the EUR store got theirs first. they normally don’t even get the same games at the same time let alone before North America = WEAK!!!! (note: i have a EUR account so i am current on the EUR store content

@TouchyEd,

dude, eat my shorts. every time i get on the blog for some info i always see your two sense where no one really cares bout your feelings… unless it’s about the games or console. not weather this guy is pissed about the game not being out.

CAUSE IT SHOULD BE BY NOW, if the update was set for FRIDAY, then it should be updated tonight…. do you get it Mr. Ed???

So in retrospect Midnightblues has all the reason in the world to be impatient, thats his deal. Now cause of you, i’m on here complaining too. good job


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+ Bison on July 31st, 2008 at 1:40 pm said:

Demo was awesome. I hope Remote Play works well.


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+ coramoor_ on July 31st, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

stop complaining the ps store always updates between 5 and 8 pm est on a thursday

today is thursday

it is currently not even 5 pm est, grow up and stop whining


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 1:53 pm said:

your off your rocker

and why does everyone here who doesn’t agree with someone else always have to try to look like a bigger person by ending with a snide remark…”grow up”…”stop whining”…

dude, shut up. we have a right to be here and say we think without your very not funny and unappealing comments.

people like you are who fuel the “complaining” that midnightblues and i stand for.

Maybe we’re “bigger” gamers than you… maybe we expect things for a reason: “without expectation there would be nothing to work towards”

maybe “we” are the reason sony cares. they really don’t need someone like you guys defending them either. thats why they just don’t respond. cause you just start talking and then they don’t care. we just ask, then “you” have to reply for them…


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:02 pm said:

p.s. i have always been around my ps3 for all update… I don’t need a job so i can afford it. They never update from 5-8 est time.

first off, scea is in San Mateo, CALIFORNIA (just south of me). that means if they are going to release it during anyone’s dinner time it would be “ours”
ie: the west coast of the USA.

second off, if what your saying is true, then that would mean i would get my store update around 1-4pm… never ever have they updated the store at that time… maybe thats when you check your ps3…

i have always got the update at 10pm-12am My time, unless they are late.. LIKE THEY ARE NOW!!!
that would place yours at a typical server update of 1-3am… sounds about right to me… you name any game server that would update while so many people were potentially on it… NO ONE THATS WHO


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