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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.”

//Add Your Own

156 Comments   9 Replies

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+ Hylander25k on April 29th, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

Pixel Junk: Primordial


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+ Sarges24 on April 29th, 2009 at 12:39 pm said:

PixelJunk WaLaTerVa


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+ RGS-14 on April 29th, 2009 at 12:42 pm said:

PixelJunk dungeon


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+ yoeun88 on April 29th, 2009 at 12:42 pm said:

PixelJunk Cuthbert


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+ eisbrecher03 on April 29th, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

Wow, this game looks like it will be very fun! I like how the water/lava interacts with each other.


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+ PrairieGhost on April 29th, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

PixelJunk: Fire Water… You dig!


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+ sQuizirrel on April 29th, 2009 at 1:04 pm said:

First off, I’d just like to say this game looks radnormous. In true PixelJunk fashion you’ve created a unique looking game with great art direction and some fresh gameplay mechanics. I’m super looking forward to this!

Second, in reference to the naming contest, I’m a little sad to hear that if people submit the same name, a winner will be chosen at random. Luckily I didn’t post any that I submitted publicly. But with how the winner is chosen in mind, what if a person simply goes through the comments here or elsewhere, just submitting a bunch of them?

I think it’s fair to go with whoever submitted the name first, but maybe that’s just because I heard about the contest early. :)


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+ trapper12 on April 29th, 2009 at 1:06 pm said:

PixelJunk:Enigma


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+ Elebumm on April 29th, 2009 at 1:08 pm said:

I thought of Pixel Junk Eruption


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+ ADR143 on April 29th, 2009 at 1:08 pm said:

cool


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+ TheGamerX on April 29th, 2009 at 1:11 pm said:

I’m not sure if this would be answered or not. I’ve been a pretty big of the PixelJunk franchise since going back Racers. I always appreciate how diverse the mechanics were and how unique each of the art styles were. I was curious of why 1-4 it shares a simliar art style to Eden. Was the play mechanics something that was toyed with during production of Eden that it spurred for it’s own game? Just curious about the inception of 1-4. Keep up the great work.


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+ Midgetguy on April 29th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

I entered mine in! :D

PixelJunk Cool


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+ QCVic on April 29th, 2009 at 1:23 pm said:

Oh That’s what’s up!! I already submitted a well deserved name.


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 29th, 2009 at 1:28 pm said:

So what happens if they pick one name but made by many? do we all win, I chose Pixel Junk: Elementals, because you use all of the earthly elements in the game. If PJ Elementals is picked, I wish to be given a prize also. I WILL be buying this DAY ONE!


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+ BurntOrange32 on April 29th, 2009 at 1:30 pm said:

I had a great one… and then saw it in the comments. I guess I’ll think of more! Trust me, I’ll think of a winner ;). I love Pixeljunk!


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+ iExile on April 29th, 2009 at 1:49 pm said:

It looks so good and the music, oh my god the music! Still trying to come up with a good name for it though.


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+ singhjeet29 on April 29th, 2009 at 2:03 pm said:

I’ll definitely be buying Pixel Junk Elements! I don’t know about any other PJ game though.


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+ thewalt72 on April 29th, 2009 at 2:05 pm said:

I submitted PixelJunk Core and Earth’s Core.


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+ ILOVEPLASTATION3 on April 29th, 2009 at 2:15 pm said:

I sent in PixelJunk Quench and Rescue. I was thinking of elements, but that would mean there would have to be events when you can use air…but I guess either is good. :)


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+ btz on April 29th, 2009 at 2:22 pm said:

“What are you thinking about?” hahaha


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+ Thrasher20 on April 29th, 2009 at 2:43 pm said:

Pixel Junk: I blew Chunks


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+ wocyob on April 29th, 2009 at 2:47 pm said:

love these contest… so many on this blog i love it


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+ QCVic on April 29th, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

@ 114

Taken from the article above:

“We will pick the winner from a hat containing the names of all the people who submitted the same idea”


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+ TRIX_BOL on April 29th, 2009 at 3:00 pm said:

PixelJunk Under World or PixelJunk Under The Sea

From my point of view, this game will be more of having water instead of lava.


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+ CRevolver7 on April 29th, 2009 at 3:12 pm said:

HAHA! I put “elements” before this went up, so I beat the first poster to it!!!!!!!!!


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+ Zackackle on April 29th, 2009 at 3:23 pm said:

This so far looks to be my favourite PixelJunk game yet; and like always, a guaranteed buy the second it’s live on the store.

Q-Games, consider my money yours.


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+ D-Squad3 on April 29th, 2009 at 3:26 pm said:

So do we have to put a reason why we like the name?!!


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+ Presskohle on April 29th, 2009 at 3:27 pm said:

Looks amazing.

Q-Games reached the same rank as Naughty Dog or Sony Santa Monica for me:

Whatever they do, I´ll buy it blindly.

Keep up the good work.


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+ Hsanrb on April 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm said:

Game looks great, reminds me of some Subterranian game on the Genesis that I used to play all the time. Looks unique and something I’ll buy day 1… as long as day 1 isn’t tomorrow. Of course tomorrow won’t happen since it hasn’t even been named yet :)


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+ CBas92 on April 29th, 2009 at 3:33 pm said:

I submited like a dozen good names, the only few of mines that I’ve seen on this board are the ever-so common Elements and Terra.
I wish they chose the first submission because I entered in Elements way early this morning before the contest was posted on the blog.

But it seems to me Elements is the most appropriate.


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+ Letters2Kay on April 29th, 2009 at 3:34 pm said:

Picked out of a hat? Now I’m REALLY glad I kept my ideas to myself… :)


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+ Tiko56 on April 29th, 2009 at 3:57 pm said:

Dammit! after I summited Earth I come here and find out that probably thousands of people already have or will eventually do the same… But Earth I think really is the best I’ve heard so far. It fits the game perfectly.


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+ harlemzkid on April 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

Pixel junk: Elements


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

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


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+ 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.


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

I think it should be ether
PixelJunkFighter or
PixelJunkWarrior


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

I just submitted Pixeljunk: Flux


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

PìxelJunk Gaya


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+ 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!


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+ 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.


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

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


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

Hurray for Q-Games and the PixelJunk series!

Cuthbert for President, 2012!!


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

PixelJunk Hiroshima


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

PixelJunk Wanderer


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+ 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?


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+ 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!


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+ 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:

Terrene
Primordial
Elements – air/fire/water/earth


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

Pixeljunk: Marathon


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+ 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)
or
PixelJunk: MAGMA!


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+ 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!


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