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Name the Next PixelJunk Game!

Dylan Cuthbert's Avatar Posted by Dylan Cuthbert on Apr 29, 2009 // President and Executive Producer, Q-Games Ltd.

Big big news today! We are releasing the first screenshots and video of the next PixelJunk game! For those of you who have been following my page on Facebook which has been slowly teasing you since last week, this is the day you’ve all been waiting for!

And… to top it all we are also launching a naming competition! Yes, you heard it right, instead of choosing the name ourselves for PixelJunk 1-4 we would like YOU to name the game for us. This is for those real PixelJunk fans out there, because your name will go into the credits of the game and be immortalized for all eternity (or for a few years at least).

Anyway, first things first, go to the site and look at the concept art, watch the work-in-progress video, and think up a name: http://pixeljunk.jp/namingcontest

It’s looking pretty nice so far we think. We’ve implemented a fluid simulation sandbox with lots of different fluids and interactions and it’s simply a lot of fun to play just by itself, but on top of that we have a really cool “thrust” based game where you can shoot at monsters and carry stuff around to solve the puzzles in each area. The goal is to save the survivors, but what are they survivors of? As you delve deeper into the caverns you’ll learn more about what their predicament is – yes, this time there will be a bit of a story; which is a first in the PixelJunk series so far.

Oh, and we’ll give out free t-shirts to the winner of the naming contest and also to the five runners up, so definitely submit an idea no matter how silly you think it might be, we might just use it. We will pick the winner from a hat containing the names of all the people who submitted the same idea, so send your ideas in by May 11th, which is the closing date for the competition. We will then choose 5 runner up ideas and do the same thing for each one. We’ll then design a logo for the name and announce the winner a few weeks afterwards.

Good luck!

“SCEA Is Not Responsible For Nor Is A Sponsor Of This Contest.”

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+ explosive78 on April 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

How about calling it “AMAZING!” This looks extremely interesting


+ SarshelYam on April 29th, 2009 at 4:19 pm said:

Wow Dylan, you and the team at Q-Games are just nailing these releases. I’ve become re-obsessed with Eden Encore and I have yet to be disappointed with a single PixelJunk release. This looks to continue the tradition.

That said, submitted a couple ideas for names. Hope they make the cut.


+ Jovip on April 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm said:

I think it should be ether
PixelJunkFighter or


+ HorizonShadow on April 29th, 2009 at 4:49 pm said:

I just submitted Pixeljunk: Flux


+ RecZero on April 29th, 2009 at 5:04 pm said:

PìxelJunk Gaya


+ BlightedMythos on April 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm said:

Great stuff, looks truly original, love the fluids. Reminds me a bit of Dungeon Keeper in a odd sort of way.

Dylan, any chance you are still working out a frame rates? Looks like you have slight slowdown, but hard to tell from a video. Any chance you are working on original sound effects for the *missiles* being fired? Can’t stress enough how fun the game looks either way, i’m just nit picky :)

The ship, or whatever it is, reminds me a bit of escape velocity mechanics.

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    + Dylan Cuthbert on April 30th, 2009 at 12:06 am said:

    The only frame-rate issues are from the video playback – it\’s all running silky-smooth at 60fps in 1080p!


+ Daedusian on April 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm said:

I agree with #95, but it’s no big deal if you can’t determine who made the first submission. But anyways, cannot wait for this game! Though it looks a bit too much like Eden in a way, which isn’t a bad thing.


+ lanethepain49 on April 29th, 2009 at 5:52 pm said:

i entered pixeljunk earth. idk seems cool, proabably wont win, lol


+ Sakimori_X on April 29th, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

Hurray for Q-Games and the PixelJunk series!

Cuthbert for President, 2012!!


+ iExile on April 29th, 2009 at 6:46 pm said:

PixelJunk Hiroshima


+ darkknight123456 on April 29th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

PixelJunk Wanderer


+ CrystalX3D on April 29th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

What ever happened to Pixel Junk Dungeons that you guys were supposedly working on? Is it still in the works or has it been scrapped altogether?


+ shikamaru808 on April 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm said:

please work on a pixeljunk monsters sequel. i don’t care much for the other pixeljunk titles.

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    + Dylan Cuthbert on April 30th, 2009 at 12:07 am said:

    look at my latest blog entry!


+ FreQaZoiD on April 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm said:

I want to post mine… but since anyone can post any name and being first to submit is irrelevant, I’ll keep it to myself for now.

But I did like some of the other submissions! Namely:

Elements – air/fire/water/earth


+ KonfusedKat on April 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm said:

Pixeljunk: Marathon


+ OddAmeoba on April 29th, 2009 at 9:18 pm said:

I like PJ: OMG or PixelJunk: AWESOME! maybe PixelJunk: Day One Purchase For Me!
on a more serious note…
PixelJunk: Judgement
PixelJunk: Volcanic Reign (Volcano Reign, Voltaic Reign)
PixelJunk: MAGMA!


+ iExile on April 29th, 2009 at 10:46 pm said:

@ Shikamaru808: As much as I loved PJM, I enjoyed Eden a bit more but this one looks even better than both. I can’t wait to play it!


+ Visage on April 29th, 2009 at 11:22 pm said:

I like:

PixelJunk: Hero
PixelJunk: Savior (someone beat me to it)


+ vavires on April 30th, 2009 at 12:09 am said:

I gave in these 2 choices

Pixeljunk Life
Pixeljunk Armageddon

The first is cause thats what its all about, Life, preserving/saving life, and all the things around it.

Armageddon, in case its a disaster related story that happened, and were here to save em from it ;).


+ Xoonaka on April 30th, 2009 at 6:24 am said:

Hey Dylan, I know it’s probably a bit late, but I just wanted to comment that I’m really disappointed with the art style for this game.

Not that’s it’s bad, persay, but it’s just so damn similar to Eden. What I loved about Pixeljunk was the fact that it was branded in name only, and each game was so divergent from the others.

I know the gameplay is radically different, but I really wish the art style had been too. It just feels too similar to me is all.

Either way, see you guys around.

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    + Dylan Cuthbert on April 30th, 2009 at 6:52 am said:

    Hey there, it\’s completely different from Eden – take another look. The only similarity is that it is 2d.

    The art style this time is closer to that of Monsters, and a cartoon style with lots of rich colours. (Eden uses a very limited colour palette on purpose)


+ Xaq235 on April 30th, 2009 at 6:52 am said:

When you mentioned the “Thrust” gameplay I immediatly thought

PixelJunk: Spring

Kind of keeps with the whole Eden thing too


+ Xoonaka on April 30th, 2009 at 7:46 am said:

I’m not sure Dylan, I think I have to disagree with you on this one. Sure, it uses more colors, similar to monsters… but unlike monsters this game seems to have a very muted overall palette (the blue water and red lava obviously playing a huge role as well though). I think the main thing that gives it that Eden vibe is the detached background and the landscape shape.

I’m willing to give it a try though, no worries. I’ll pick it up. Hope I didn’t offend, I thought it was a conscious choice to make it look like Eden.


+ Jezer29 on April 30th, 2009 at 8:03 am said:

My Suggestion:

Pixel Junk Eruption or Pixel Junk Gush.


+ Top_Shelf on April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 am said:

Submitted PixelJunk: Fuji

Mount Fuji in Japan is home to several lava caves such as the ice cave, bat cave and wind cave and this game has a very cavernous feel to it…

Also, Eden had really nothing to do with the game mechanic, but much more to do with the visual design. I feel Fuji does the same, is simple to say, easy to remember and catchy.


+ Top_Shelf on April 30th, 2009 at 10:37 am said:

Oh yah, if you like it.. Hire me. :D


+ TubaDude49 on April 30th, 2009 at 1:06 pm said:

So you don’t even get a copy of the game? Just a T-Shirt?(Not that that’s not awesome enough, just wondering)


+ sandpanther on May 1st, 2009 at 6:36 am said:


Pixeljunk: Ember
Pixeljunk: trickle
Pixeljunk: radiance
Pixeljunk: gush


That’s all I’ve got for the moment!


+ Mr_Pickle on May 1st, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

Pixeljunk in my truck


+ heatseeker on May 2nd, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

PixelJunk Earth
PixelJunk Core
PixelJunk Elements


+ xTenchu on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 am said:

PixelJunk:Land of The Pixel


+ ABRACADAVER03 on May 3rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm said:

It reminds me of the SEGA game SubTerrania


+ nirun on May 8th, 2009 at 5:11 pm said:

PixelJunk Underground

I’m surprised nobody has thought of this :o


+ LLAMACODE on April 29th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

I say it should be called


+ Anubis80 on April 29th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

Looks good. I might buy this on release.


+ AguilarX on April 29th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

i entered pixeljunk adventures, hopefully you guys would pick it hehehehe


+ TwinTurboJosh on April 29th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:



+ mywhitenoise on April 29th, 2009 at 9:43 am said:

Already submitted mine,
PixelJunk: Earth


+ AguilarX on April 29th, 2009 at 9:44 am said:

nice trailer btw!!!!


+ UltimaChocochu on April 29th, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

I have to go with PixelJunk Adventures BECAUSE
I thought it would work while watching, and then was like darn someone else thought the same as I did, but still it looks like an dungeon adventure so yeah.


+ Thrasher20 on April 29th, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

Pixel Junk: Jeff Rubenstein

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on April 29th, 2009 at 10:42 am said:


    Stop the contest! :-)


+ mywhitenoise on April 29th, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

@8, I would choose that one.


+ blindrocket on April 29th, 2009 at 9:48 am said:

Excellent! Thanks for having this contest. :)


+ jipmg on April 29th, 2009 at 9:50 am said:

Id go with:

Pixel junk element


Pixel junk earth

I like element the best


+ Blkant on April 29th, 2009 at 9:50 am said:

I want another tour of your offices etc. That last video where you guys went to the shrine etc. was funny, not that it was meant to be funny I don’t think but it was still fun to watch :P

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on April 29th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

    Dylan is a funny guy, that\’s what I was hoping you all would see.


+ Stinkinmushroom on April 29th, 2009 at 9:51 am said:

OMG!!! Again the music is freakin awesome and the gameplay looks so cool and fun! day one!

PS: Here’s a Name: “Pixeljunk: This game looks Awesome”


+ Jon_Mclane on April 29th, 2009 at 9:52 am said:

Pixeljunk flOw


+ enewtabie on April 29th, 2009 at 9:54 am said:

PixelJunk: Survive!


+ KingSmashy on April 29th, 2009 at 9:57 am said:

PixelJunk: Subterranea

KingSmashy FTW!

Gimme Tee-Shirt…


+ mgrantz on April 29th, 2009 at 9:57 am said:

Day one purchase for me. Looks great!


+ AguilarX on April 29th, 2009 at 9:58 am said:

@ 7 damn, we think a like bro. i thought it kinda felt pixel junky and oldskool. thats why i entered it. fits with pixel junk monsters and racers.

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