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

DamnClown:

Bit of an over reaction there on your part, don’t ya think?

The store updates at roughly the same time each week, so why get all impatient when that time hasn’t even arrived yet?

Besides, it’s the 31st of the month: shouldn’t you be at the bank cashing your social security cheque?


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 2:04 pm said:

yeah danklown you said exactly what I am feeling man spot on!


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+ Sancho45 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:04 pm said:

i’m pretty sure it does update 5-8 these days…. at least the past few months… its all i look forward to when i get off work. but it did used to update late wednesday night…. dont forget the time it updated on a friday


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:04 pm said:

last thing, why would so many people be wondering where it is if the update was supposed to be tonight?

I’ve never seen so many people wondering about when the store update would be done, let alone on the day it should be on…


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+ TouchyEd on July 31st, 2008 at 2:05 pm said:

Oh…now I understand…damnClown doesn’t understand the difference between AM and PM. Read his last post: He thinks that 10pm has already arrived!!

Classic.

And Clown, you’re not fooling anyone by having two different accounts.

Everyone knows you’re MidnightBlues as well.


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+ BIG-SLUG on July 31st, 2008 at 2:10 pm said:

All of you guys need to relax. I used to be impatient for PSn updates, hell they didn’t release the COD4 map pack till 4 the next morning on friday. I even complained about the SSDHD team pack that wasn’t there for a week after they said it was. If it’s not there, just wait. Being impatient, no matter how vocal you are about it, isn’t going to get sony to move mountains for you. Wait till midnight tonight when it’s actually the day past when they said they’d do something about it to fill up this blog.


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:12 pm said:

awe, touchy(yourself)Ed….you remember your little pet name for me… you guys.. he always calls me damnclown… i hope your a girl dude cause if not then all i have to say it: “whoa dude… wwhoa”
by the way, hows work? enjoying paying for my chronic sacks??? oh oh oh, i mean my “medicine”…hahaha

back to the topic at hand:

my buddy confirmed it as well. most my psn buddies agree with me too…

WHERE’S MY GAME!!!! I’M whining here…. isn’t it supposed to come out faster…

you see thats not the point… mainly so they know we are not happy about this. we want a Thursday release to be on a thursday, like about midnight… thats how i feel… it’s far from just being thursday.. it’s close 3/4 through the day for you east coasters… i’d figure you’d be the one’s pissed. it’s only 2pm for me… i still got all day


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+ coramoor_ on July 31st, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

i can guarantee it’ll be there by 9 pm est cause that’s about the latest i’ve ever seen their weekly updates come out


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+ TouchyEd on July 31st, 2008 at 2:17 pm said:

MidnightClown,

Why would I be pissed”

I’m an adult. I don’t cry and whine like a little school girl whenever I have to wait for something.

If the store isn’t updated until next Tuesday, who really cares? I have a life outside of my PS3.

And I don’t live in your country, so I’m not subsidizing your life of inability and laziness.


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+ kopicha on July 31st, 2008 at 2:20 pm said:

to the author of post 47, i think its too fast for you to say that the game is just ok. i believe you havent explore enough in the game. honestly first time when i see the video demo of Eden, i dont even know what is it about and i find it crappy. the day demo is out i download it straight just to find out what its all about. When i first try the game i find it boring. as i dont even know what i am doing in this game. but after giving it another chance i finally start to figure whats my objective and etcs. and i try to explore more to learn more about the game. the more i go thru the game playing it over and over again it start to become really addictive. in fact a friend of mine who dont play such game cant leave the controller when he try the demo after i explain to him whats his objective in the game. its actually better than just an average game. its not that kinda awesome game that everyone shouldnt miss since i believe there is no game out there that can cater to everyone. but this is definitely a great game rather than just an ok game like you describe. and i truly agree one thing is that its really very original to its own class and nothing similar to this game in any way you can find out there. really unique game. the trophy system isnt what that draw me to this game. but the game play does. and i love the fact that you can play this remotely with your psp if you have one as well which is really great for such an addictive game. so i can play it even while i am away from home. i think maybe you should really give it another go and try to explore more about the game. just my opinion. you may still disagree but honestly i really enjoy the game and yes in case you might think i am not. i am a pretty hardcore player.


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:21 pm said:

wow, so now your just giving me too much credit. but your really not that clever.

i don’t really care when it comes out. i can wait or never even play it.

i’m just backing up someone who i share his thoughts.

and go ahead, read my last posts. they all make sense if your can read…

also i am not waiting till friday to complain… this sounds like when touchyboy was on here trying to bully people from a computer for the 2.40 issues.

BIG-SLUG, i agree about waiting to be “mad” till tonight but not to share my opinion. this blog was what mad us a little pissed.

they came on here “yesterday” bragging about a not so big list of trophies, then about how it is supposed to be out today…

both of which are not all that true. no gold or platimun trophies and maybe 15 or of them to boot… not big or worth much at first glance.

if a disc game would have had a release date of today… it would be in stores… not backed up in the store room…

in the consumer world a new day starts when stores open… why is out virtual store not updated…


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:23 pm said:

well if you look anything like your pictue then i’d glad you don’t live in my country but if you do look like that then i bet i do get some of your money… gotta love war…


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+ TouchyEd on July 31st, 2008 at 2:25 pm said:

For the sake of the BLOG, I’m not going to respond to this frickin’ Clown anymore. As a group, I suggest we just ignore him, and perhaps he’ll go away (and take his multiple account names with him).


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:27 pm said:

midnightblues, whats your psn. mines my blog name. anyone can add me. even you touchyman


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:28 pm said:

hahahahaha, funny thing you always respond to me…

oh, sorry bolgger.. i didn’t know this was a holy place…


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:30 pm said:

i’d laugh if the whole world of people logged on to here would really listen to you (touchysandman)… it would show just how ignorant the world as a whole would be


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+ Money1 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:33 pm said:

Never really tried any pixel junk games but loved thedemo and will be purchasing this one,this’ll give me a break from soul calibur 4


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+ borowczyk76 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:33 pm said:

Man… where’s the game!? I’ve been going back regularly to see if it uploaded on the store! Anyone have any info when it will get there?


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+ Money1 on July 31st, 2008 at 2:33 pm said:

Never really tried any pixel junk games but loved the demo and will be purchasing this one,this’ll give me a break from soul calibur 4


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:41 pm said:

@218: sorry but no new news on the release. be careful what you say about it though, touchyED might bite your head off for “whining”


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:52 pm said:

and its up!!!!!


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+ danklown on July 31st, 2008 at 2:53 pm said:

i eat my words about the time issue… until next update, then i will say sorry to any of those i said were wrong.


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+ Mr.Pins on July 31st, 2008 at 2:55 pm said:

#218, #220

its easy to tell from the bad way you write that you’re danklown & MidnightBlues & borowczyk76. you are having conversations with yourself. who do you think you’re fooling? loser.


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+ diablo103 on July 31st, 2008 at 3:51 pm said:

i just baught it cant waite to play through all of it


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+ _GoDLiKeBR_ on July 31st, 2008 at 5:20 pm said:

Hi Deborah! I’m from Brazil and i’ll definately buy this game tonight. I played the demo and besides the original ideas, the art is exactly what I like.

I hope you guys from SCEA will keep releasing original games like Eden on PSN. We need this. The market is full of franchises (sequences and more sequences). We need something different. Eden, Monsters, PAIN, Last Guy… for me, Sony is one of the best softhouses of this gen (if not the best one).

Congrats, and keep up the good work!

I hope Sony will release the PS3 officialy (and PSN) some day in Brazil :(


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    + Deborah Mars on July 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm said:

    Hello Brazil! It\’s always amazing to see how far & wide the PixelJunk fanbase stretches. Have fun with Eden!


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+ coramoor_ on July 31st, 2008 at 6:33 pm said:

as i said between 5 and 9,

loving me some eden, already got a few trophies and 6 spectra, keep this good quality stuff coming


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+ Keebzerz on July 31st, 2008 at 6:36 pm said:

I LOVE the game but one fix needs to be made. A SixAxis control for the PSP remote play. Even just down on the d pad would work perfect.


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+ IAFF4117 on July 31st, 2008 at 6:40 pm said:

THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!! Deb Mars yall did one hell of a job!!!!!!!!! Now we need some online added to it..then this would be the best game that you can play on the PS3. Thanks for making such a fun game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    + Deborah Mars on July 31st, 2008 at 10:31 pm said:

    You\’re quite kind, but seriously…total props really go out to Dylan Cuthbert and his team at Q-Games & Baiyon. They did one hell of a job. I\’m just honored to be part of it.


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+ Dann7978 on July 31st, 2008 at 8:53 pm said:

I bought it today and i got a trophy first time good game


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+ MidnightBlues on July 31st, 2008 at 11:03 pm said:

My psn is midnightblues same as my name here.

I wanna know why everybody thinks I have multiple accounts….dumb people, you look so ignorant and closed minded from my perspective, you can’t even imagine how lame you sound man….

its ok though I dont care I have nothing to prove to you…why dont you add us both up on psn and we will own together as a team…of course then you will just accuse me of being skilled enough to handle two ps3′s at once….which I would love.


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+ herb420 on August 1st, 2008 at 2:26 am said:

I am just dissapointed, because I kind of wanted this game. But when you leave out custom music it is like a slap in the face. Bunk

Why don’t you leave a response to a negative post jerks


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+ Psychedelicide on August 1st, 2008 at 3:43 am said:

Great Game, Awsome soundtrack!!! ;)

This game is a lot of fun and very addictive.

Only one problem though – Trophy Distribution. Bronze should equal stage completion and for the easier combos/multipliers as is.

The harder combos should all be Silver and there should be 2 Gold trophies too; one for completing every stage and one for unlocking every trophy!


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+ KaiserSosate on August 1st, 2008 at 4:59 am said:

At first I looked at the videos I didn’t see why would people play this game. But the more I watched it finally hit me that I must have this game. Its just something interesting about this game that has me hooked, I will definitely download this game on the weekend.


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+ tripletags on August 1st, 2008 at 5:13 am said:

@233: Get some like minded friends together .. its more fun in multi!


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+ pixeljunky on August 1st, 2008 at 6:15 am said:

The Hundred Thousander – Get 100,000 pollen in one garden

I got 119,000 in garden one while still on the 4th Spectra and it didn’t unlock the trophy…

What did I do wrong? Or is the number on the bottom right side not the pollen count…


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+ frostquake on August 1st, 2008 at 6:24 am said:

DebMama?
The demo is KICKING my Butt…I think I am the only person on the planet having problems with even getting through the demo?
Is there a way to pick the “LEVEL” of difficulty? If Not Why? Think of it, if you had an Easy Level, you could jump higher then Regular Level.
THANKS
psn:frostquake


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+ DudeFX on August 1st, 2008 at 6:30 am said:

Is there a way to retain your spectra earned in the demo or do you need to start over? Usually demos turn into the full edition after you paid, which I did but I had to re-download. So now I have two entries one full and one demo. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything before I remove the demo and the save file for it.


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+ DudeFX on August 1st, 2008 at 6:33 am said:

Oh yeah, I don’t know why you did a multi-player trophy when there is no online. No one else in my household is really into games, so I’ll never get that one trophy. In the future, do not add co-op trophies unless you have online support.


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+ MidnightBlues on August 1st, 2008 at 11:59 am said:

Its really frustrating when you are 2 seeds away from unlocking all of the seeds in the garden then because of one misjump (because there was no damn pollen around!!) you fall for miles and miles and then have to climb all the way back up only to be cut off by the timer……sshhheeesh…..

great game though …I just wish pollen spawned more frequently when you are that freaking close!!!


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+ Mr.Pins on August 1st, 2008 at 12:17 pm said:

That’s okay borowczy, you’ll get the hang of it.


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+ saintfighteraqua on August 1st, 2008 at 1:00 pm said:

I am loving this game! I see it in my sleep! But I would like custom sound tracks. The music is fine, but I still like listening to anime, enya and beethoven, lol.


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+ silentmatt on August 1st, 2008 at 1:05 pm said:

Fantastic game!

I finally set-up Remote Play to see how it works (pretty damn well) but have one question…

Can you not do the downward strike move on the PSP? Seriously, that move is pretty important and the PSP isn’t motion sensitive…


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+ MidnightBlues on August 1st, 2008 at 4:36 pm said:

how do you reach the fourth garden???????? its just out of reach you cant jump to it!!! wtff fffffuuuuu*ck that really makes me mad….anyone know how to do it??


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+ Mr.Pins on August 1st, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

Keep trying borowczy, you’ll figure it out.


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+ Delriach on August 1st, 2008 at 5:25 pm said:

Woot >_>. I’m rank 1 in Garden 4. :P


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+ CyberPunk on August 1st, 2008 at 8:30 pm said:

There are some bugs related to trophies in Eden, I have finished three times with all seeds the third garden and I´m not getting the corresponding trophy also I have taken 100,000 pollens many times anda Im not getting that one either.

What can I do???


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+ CyberPunk on August 1st, 2008 at 8:32 pm said:

There are some bugs related to trophies in Eden, I have finished three times with all seeds the second garden and I´m not getting the corresponding trophy also I have taken 100,000 pollens many times anda Im not getting that one either.

What can I do???


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+ Theossie on August 1st, 2008 at 9:11 pm said:

I’m organizing a PixelJunk Eden contest. Anyone interested in joining the competition to go PSLevel.com for details.


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+ VixDiesel on August 1st, 2008 at 9:53 pm said:

Still waiting for that online patch…

None of my friends play games so put online in the game already.


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+ herb420 on August 1st, 2008 at 11:37 pm said:

I’ll say it again. I WILL buy this game when a custom music patch comes along and not until then!


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