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Coming to PSN this Week: Inferno Pool

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It’s been five months since the exclusive launch of Inferno Pool on the European PSN Store, and after a bombardment of emails asking when it was going to hit North America we can finally say, Thursday!

Just before the European PSN Store launch, there was a nervous excitement within the team here. When the people who have been developing the game for months on end are still hanging around at lunch and after work for yet another four-player battle royale you feel confident that you have something special. But would the rest of the world get it?

The answer was a resounding yes. There was a real buzz in the studio as the first glowing reviews began to roll in calling it an essential PSN purchase and waxing lyrical about evenings lost in a frenzy of multiplayer action, but the most satisfying thing of all was the reaction from gamers themselves.

Dedicated forums began to pop up discussing strategic ballzooka targeting, how to pull off a kickshot-multiball-combo and how to amass a devastating Endurance Mode time by stringing together a huge potting streak multiplier. In fact, as revealed in our European PlayStation.Blog entry, we were compelled to publish our own Inferno Pool Masterclass tips after the community identified some of our PSN IDs and began to gang up to take us down!

So, now the time has come for gamers in North America to get their hands on the game. Once again the feeling in the studio is one of nervous excitement, but maybe a little less of the nervous and a little more of the excitement.

We know that the game isn’t well known over there (if that includes you then check out the games homepage). However we’re confident gamers will be won over once they realize it’s a fiery, four-player, backstabbing, adrenaline pumping, online party game and not merely a kick-ass pool simulator.

So, fingers crossed here for Dark Energy’s first North American release…we can’t wait to see what you think.

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PerezBros said:

October 27th, 4:24 pm

You honest think every comment should be positive?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 27th, 4:33 pm

    That\’ll be the day!

YobRenoops said:

October 27th, 4:29 pm

@PerezBros I must be some type of tool? Eh? My problem isn’t with what your saying, you have obviously played the demo and don’t like the video, however its with the way you say it. Coming across aggressively and like a massive loser really doesn’t help anything.

Try being constructive and not an idiot.

YobRenoops said:

October 27th, 4:36 pm

lalala eh? Now devs are singing to me. Oh the joy.

Let us sing songs of depth perception and no-one being from Manchester or Leeds.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 27th, 4:37 pm

    I\’m a lumberjack and I\’m ok, I sleep all night and I work all day!

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Rob Hewson said:

October 27th, 4:36 pm

Well, here we are on page 3. It’s been a rollercoaster ride and after a long day of working and replying it is time for sleep over here in the UK.

I look forward to more comments awaiting me in the morning and will try to keep up replying to every one of them.

PerezBros said:

October 27th, 4:54 pm

w@PerezBros I must be some type of tool? Eh? My problem isn’t with what your saying, you have obviously played the demo and don’t like the video, however its with the way you say it. Coming across aggressively and like a massive loser really doesn’t help anything.Try being constructive and not an idiot.

Wow mature. you result to personal insults. I’m not angry at anyone. I just state my stance that i dont think this game is a good investment on the playstation network . How many niche games do we need before the playstation store starts to get overpopulated with generic arcade games like the live marketplace.

PerezBros said:

October 27th, 5:19 pm

Me and my brother share accounts and im not the one who has been so aggressive in the previous posts. Honestly i dont know why he has taken such a negative stance. We are on a tight gaming budget and we wish we could have all the games. I personally thought the video was hilarious i have not tried to demo yet but i can assure you if i had the money… Id get it purely just for the trophies and ridiculous over–the-topness.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 2:58 am

    No worries, thanks for the update!

    If I manage to secure any extra codes I\’ll try to send you one, then you can not let your brother have a go ;)

    The trophies are fun to get, the hardest is the All Bases Covered where you have to cooperate online to get all the skills shots in 3 minutes… great fun

PerezBros said:

October 27th, 5:31 pm

I also have a split personality who claims he’s my brother.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 2:58 am

    You might want to see someone about that ;P

acerazer1 said:

October 27th, 6:58 pm

If it’s a niche game, then isn’t it the opposite of generic?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 2:59 am

    I\’d certainly argue it\’s unique!

PerezBros said:

October 27th, 7:03 pm

My brother is an as$hole 360 fanboy don’t mind him.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 3:00 am

    Aha. Fanboys… they\’re everywhere I tell you, can\’t we all just get along?

D34DL1N3R said:

October 27th, 7:22 pm

This game looks SA-WEEEEEEEEET!!!! And the voice? LMAO! Great stuff indeed.

Can I have a code please? If you don’t give me one I’m going to lock myself in the refrigerator & then won’t be able to purchase it anyway.

If you feel like saving a life before that happens my PSN is D34DL1N3R.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 3:01 am

    hahaha… at least you wont go hungry while your in there.

    I\’ll see what I can do if we have any spares :)

jim488 said:

October 27th, 10:36 pm

i play pool in GTA IV, and i play pool in PlayStation Home. my uncle had a pool table IN HIS TRAILER (took up the whole living room, btw!) and someone actually decided to take a pool game and do something different with it?! Willie and Fats must be rolling over in their graves! they’re probably in hell, though, so Inferno Pool might just please them. Big Ups, DED! i’ma make my purchase. can’t wait! :)

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 3:04 am

    Cheers! Who needs another straight Pool game when you can fire your balls at each other.

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Rob Hewson said:

October 28th, 3:06 am

Wellllllll it seems we might finally be reaching the end of the comments… it’s been great fun so thanks to everyone who commented.

I’ll keep checking back in case there are any more but until then I think I can say Platinum Trophy unlocked: 100% Comment Reply.

Now I just need to convince Sony that my immaginary trophy needs to be added to my PSN ID.

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 4:28 am

haha i think its great that you take the time out to answer all the comments. i deeply respect that on the blog, often we feel as if no one is even glancing at our comments. :( Rob=my new best friend :D

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 6:56 am

    Hehehe its gotten to the stage now where I MUST reply to every comment in order to feel like I have completed the game… I mean blog.

    It\’s as if there is a percentage complete bar that must be kept at 100%.

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 7:00 am

um…either there’s more to this…or i can reccomend you to a good therapist :D

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 7:02 am

    Must reply, must reply… mussstttt reply

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 7:02 am

hehe either there’s more to this, or i can reccomend you to a good therapist :D

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 7:12 am

    Must double reply, must double reply!!!

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 7:03 am

oops didnt mean to double post D:

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 7:05 am

damn you reply fast! this might be a little awkward…but will you marry me? :D

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 7:13 am

    Are you a beautiful 25 year old girl who loves games, curry and F1? If so, then yes!

PerezBros said:

October 28th, 12:25 pm

Hey Rob its me again. The brother of the guy whos been giving you a lot of flack. Here are a couple things you could possibly answer the fans.

1.)Is there in-game custom soundtracks?
2.)How many trophies are there in your game?
3.)How do you feel about receiving a trophy for answering every question on the blog?
4.)What was your motivation for making this game.
5.)Will there be any updates that could possibly improve the game by adding modes or etc or are you onto your next project?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 3:25 pm

    1. Unfortunately not
    2. 12
    3. The trophy doesn\’t really exist, it\’s just in my head, but it feels great!
    4. We wanted to make a game that was easy to pick up and play but difficult to master, and have frantic 4 player action like the good old days of Micro Machines and Goldeneye
    5. We\’ve got loads of ideas, it a question of time. If the demand is there then we will make the time.

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 12:38 pm

Ok but I want our honeymoon to be in Italy :D hehe oh and Perezbros…do us all a favor and shutup already! your ruining this beautiful moment D:

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 12:45 pm

on topic of this post, when is the demo going to be released for the US store? i couldnt find it and i really wanted to give this game a try. Definitly looks interesting, and i hope its under 7 bucks cause thats all i have on my account right now and i wont be able to pick up a PSN card for a few months :'(

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 28th, 3:27 pm

    I believe the demo is launching with the full game tomorrow

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 1:42 pm

hahahahaha @87 YOU GOT OWNED!!! EPIC COMEBACK BY ROB! crap i just read the stuff about free codes too :( and i missed it D: I have no reason to live :( when you hear about the beautiful 25 year old girl who loves games, curry and F1 jumping off a bridge…that’ll be me :'(

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Rob Hewson said:

October 28th, 3:30 pm

I’ve just got back from a Manchester City game, 5-1 win! And my ticket was freeeeeeeee. Back of the net!

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 28th, 3:34 pm

hey whats your psn id? i’d love to play a few games sometime :D

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 3:18 am

    GingerMonkey81

Xoonaka said:

October 28th, 4:09 pm

Looks like you said regular 8-ball and 9-ball is included as well? Some of us folk like basic pool…. I’ll probably pick it up if it’s decently cheap. No offense, but I couldn’t see myself dropping more then $10. I know you guys got to make a living, but it’s a busy fall with a ton of games coming out. Cutbacks must be made.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 3:19 am

    Yes there is indeed 8 ball and 9 ball: Practice, Versus AI (scalable difficulty), 2 player local and 2 player online with leaderboards.

    As for the price, I think you\’ll find it pretty good value!

PerezBros said:

October 28th, 5:45 pm

Rob don’t be fooled the lone wolf’s a dude. Good job on the blog man!

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 3:20 am

    I knew it!!!

aztec23 said:

October 28th, 6:18 pm

Wow I missed a party. A guy with split personalities or maybe his is telling the truth. BTW dude you are still replying to every post. Other gaming companies should hire you to be there spoke person in the PS blog.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 3:20 am

    Hahaha but would I be as motivated if I hadn\’t personally worked on the game???

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 29th, 4:22 am

wow i just checked and….HOLY SH*T I’M A GUY! WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN!?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    November 3rd, 2:04 pm

    A reply I missed… but not anymore

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 29th, 6:59 am

“your comment is awaiting moderation” <~~~ooops

pigmak said:

October 29th, 7:46 am

I was so pumped when I first saw this blog post, as obvious in #44 and #45….With the poor quality video being the only info up at the time, I thought it would be helpful to post info on the game and a link to good pics, which I did….Rob jokingly offered me a PR job in 44 then in 45, after the “game feature promoting” I did, he said “And on that high note I have finally reached the end of the comments”….That tells me my post was solid….In #82 I posted a link to a thread i posted in the psn forum on the 22nd….I wanted this game as much as anyone in the US….

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 9:52 am

    Don\’t worry, I haven\’t forgotten about you ;)

pigmak said:

October 29th, 7:46 am

Now I am not begging for a code, like most here, but After Rob’s response saying maybe he will give out codes to the best five comments, mine, in my opinion, should be right up there….I guess I made it too clear I wanted this game and it was assumed I would be a buyer for sure….Now I have bad vibes after seeing the way codes were giving out to people who come here and say “OH, I don’t really like pool” and whatever excuses and lies…just to get a code…I imagine these same people do that on every game…I have always paid for my games….Next time I will act uninterested, I guess..I was more than willing to pay for this game….I was actually a click away from buying it from the UK store last week….Now, I am turned off….I more than likely will now buy Burnout, as first planned, and save my money for the Socom DLC, and Planet Mini Golf…..It just upsets me I even came here, or else I wouldn’t even question buying….1 guaranteed buyer now -1, sorry.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 9:55 am

    Woah, woah! That\’s english for stop a horse!

pigmak said:

October 29th, 7:47 am

…Now I am not begging for a code, like most here, but After Rob’s response saying maybe he will give out codes to the best five comments, mine, in my opinion, should be right up there….I guess I made it too clear I wanted this game and it was assumed I would be a buyer for sure….Now I have bad vibes after seeing the way codes were giving out to people who come here and say “OH, I don’t really like pool” and whatever excuses and lies…just to get a code…I imagine these same people do that on every game…I have always paid for my games….Next time I will act uninterested, I guess..I was more than willing to pay for this game….I was actually a click away from buying it from the UK store last week….Now, I am turned off….I more than likely will now buy Burnout, as first planned, and save my money for the Socom DLC, and Planet Mini Golf…..It just upsets me I even came here, or else I wouldn’t even question buying….1 guaranteed buyer now -1, sorry.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 9:57 am

    You are right… I have managed to secure an extra bunch of codes for yourself and the others I promised any spares to. However I really don\’t have any more so that\’s the lot peoples!

pigmak said:

October 29th, 7:50 am

sorry double post, silly thing said it did not go through…my las one anyway…peace

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 9:58 am

    I hope it\’s not really your last one, I need your PSN ID if you want that code!

aztec23 said:

October 29th, 11:43 am

I want a code :)

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 29th, 11:46 am

    Sorry dude :(

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 29th, 12:31 pm

lol from your ?s i’m guessing the comment i posted above it was moderated (even though i can still see it) anyway above the one you left ?s on, i typed “wow i just checked and….HOLY (another word for crap) I’M A GUY! WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN!?” and i went back and looked later and it says under it “Your comment is awaiting moderation” :D make sense now?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:25 am

    I see… :$

aztec23 said:

October 29th, 1:25 pm

Well thanks anyways Rob atleast I won’t lock myself in the freezer like a other person said in the previous post because he/she didn’t get a free code.

MaGNeTiX said:

October 29th, 3:46 pm

Hey rob!

On the iPhone so will keep this short and sweet.

In the uk and had this game since launch pretty much. Excellent value for money. The game is really addictive and it’s a really nice approach to the traditional pool game.

Had loads of fun doing ridiculous jump shots and insane screwbacks! Graphics look awesome too.

Trophies were good, though didn’t take too long to do. Would love some more offline trophies to get!

Other than that, custom table colours would be nice, and proper English 8ball pool with the red and yellow would be fab!!

Fantastic work, as I said, worth every penny. Just realised, not quite as short as promised! ;)

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:27 am

    hahaha great thanks for the feedback… some nice ideas there too!

CONDEMNEDSOUL said:

October 29th, 6:00 pm

That was really cool looking. I stop playing pool in local bars because the scene got old really fast. Here is something I could enjoy from the comfort of my own home that my girlfriend would actually play with me thus briging us closer together. The voice was a bad idea but no mistaking the gameplay footage. Looks very interesting and has a good price. Unless I am one of the lucky few this will be a purchase for me very soon and I plan to spread the word assuming it is as good as it looks.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:29 am

    Switch the voice off in the options, curl up with the girlfriend for a romantic game, and then watch the evening turn into a competitive winner takes all battle to the death!

CONDEMNEDSOUL said:

October 29th, 6:02 pm

Oh all the codes are gone and I didnt see that. Oh well can’t win them all and still interesting in buying.

Poacher619 said:

October 29th, 6:41 pm

My Wife and I started dating after a game of pool. Is there any codes left?

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:30 am

    Nope sorry… but surely this game would make a PERFECT anniversary present right? Am I right??

MGO_Count said:

October 29th, 7:29 pm

Wow this game looks sick. I want it now!, But I still have to wait till Christmas to get a PSN card ;_;

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:31 am

    I\’ll pass your request on to santa

randyphx said:

October 29th, 7:54 pm

Man this looks sweet, it got better when I saw the second video. looks like the best pool I have seen in a long time, I’m getting this next week for sure. Thank you.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:31 am

    No, no sir, thank you!

VivaGardner said:

October 30th, 7:35 am

Looks pretty interesting. I’ll probably check it out though I’ve been a bit strapped for cash because my mother has been sick and I want to get both of my parents something good for the holiday that they can enjoy! Some things have to take priority! Maybe I can check it out in a few months and hopefully people will still be playing!

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 30th, 1:52 pm

    Sure thing… all the best to you and your parents :)

pigmak said:

October 30th, 12:14 pm

I had to check…If this is no joke, TY…pigmak is my psn id

pigmak said:

October 30th, 9:53 pm

Thanks, Rob, you really did not have to, much appreciated…Only question is how or when will i get it? email or psn box? I obviously have never gotten one before..I checked both places..ty

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 31st, 6:40 pm

    I will send it when I get back into work on monday if you give me your psn id

GUNBEHINDTHESUN said:

October 30th, 10:35 pm

The Playstation Store describes the game as being in 1080p with 60 fps, but it won’t display in 1080p. When I go into the display settings and uncheck 720p and 1080i, it will only display in 480p.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 31st, 6:41 pm

    There must be an error in the description. The game is native 720p with full screen anti aliasing at 60fps

amak111 said:

October 31st, 8:47 am

Rob, its me again (amak111). How long does Sony take to send you guys the codes. Earlier you said you send them out as soon as sony sent them to you. Anyways thanks, I will get your psn on the previous (or this page)then we can play a little.

[after i get my code of course] thank you rob, we all appreciate what you do.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    October 31st, 6:42 pm

    Codes arrived last thing on friday, so I will send them out on monday. Looking forward to online battle of destiny

pigmak said:

October 31st, 8:34 pm

Sounds good Rob, thanks…my main psn id is”pigmak” as stated in #143….unless you mean my email associated with my account…ya said “got it” IN #143….then ask for it in #144…It confuses me….makes me wanna battle you….thanks again……pigmak….pigpak, lol. cant wait!!

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    Rob Hewson said:

    November 1st, 5:23 am

    ok got it

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 31st, 10:34 pm

well..Inferno Pool is downloading as i type this. I robbed two banks and stole 32 purses from old ladies so i could get this. Hope its good…because i have about 3 hours to play it before the cops come get me.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    November 1st, 5:24 am

    Nice! Hope you enjoy!

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

October 31st, 10:38 pm

Oh and Rob…why do you ask for everyone’s PSN ID? It’s listed right above thier post.

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    Rob Hewson said:

    November 1st, 5:24 am

    I knew that, of course ;)

the_lone_wolf_42 said:

November 1st, 2:26 pm

hm…there’s some good things about this game and some bad things..let me know when you’re on PSN so I can discuss some issues with you. :)

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    Rob Hewson said:

    November 3rd, 3:37 am

    Hopefully I will catch you online for a game or two

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