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Sideway: New York Gets First Trailer, Hands-on at Comic-Con

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Oh dear, sweet PlayStation.Blog, how I have missed you. When we were last snuggling under the covers in the fall, I was announcing Sideway, our upcoming action platformer based on the in-development cartoon series from the wonderfully twisted minds at Fuel Entertainment. I then spent hours (which turned into days) hanging out in the comments section, waiting for somebody to ask me about my dogs or that time I met Kris Kristofferson.

But no. No, all you wanted to talk about was the game.

And what a game it has turned out to be! If you don’t believe me, CRAM THESE INTO YOUR EYEBALLS and I dare you to tell me I am wrong!

Sideway: New York for PS3 (PSN)

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Sideway: New York for PS3 (PSN)Sideway: New York for PS3 (PSN)

Oh, did the screenshots convey that we have hours of mindbending levels full of danger and challenge that will make the paint run from your veins? Or that we support drop-in, drop-out couch co-op so you can play with your friends or that the bosses in the game are unlike any you’ve come across in your gaming life before?

Did the shots at least convey the basic conceit of the game: that you painted over the wrong dude’s tag, and that you, in fact, are now a moving 2D painting in a 3D world?

Regardless, if you’re interested in seeing what all of the above is really like, we’re juuuust putting the finishing touches on a demo for Comic-Con this week in San Diego. Oh yes, my friends, that’s right—when you come by Sony Online Entertainment at the Con (Booth #4436), not only can you check out the awesomeness that is Sideway, but you can also win some cool Skullcandy headphones and earbuds when you come by and play the game. Perhaps most importantly, as a bonus, you’ll get to hear me kvetch about the heat and how much more crowded and sweaty Comic-Con gets every year and that Patton Oswalt really should be the next Robin.

“But whoa there, champ…What about me? I’m not going to be in San Diego this week. How do *I* get to experience this magic of which you speak?”

I am glad you asked, friend. Because if you read the headline at the very top of this blog post, you will learn that immediately following it is the Earth’s very first look at the teaser trailer for “Sideway”. See? Reading can be fundamental *and* rewarding.

Hope that wets yer whistles, folks! You can come by and play it with us this week at the Con!

As always, you can always follow us at Twitter.com/Playbrains to get development updates and upcoming giveaways as we get ever-so-closer to the release of the greatest action platformer…of all time…

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lisatsunami said:

July 22nd, 10:02 am

Ok, I’ll bite: tell me about your dogs.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:08 am

    My dogs are already barkin’ working the Comic Con booth.

Neil said:

July 22nd, 10:09 am

Idea is cool, gameplay looks fun but the art style makes it look like a cheap flash game.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:14 am

    When I first met you, Neil (halfway through your first sentence), I thought we could be good friends. But lately (after the second half of your sentence), you’ve *changed*, man. What happened, man? You used to be so cool…

ScubaOwl said:

July 22nd, 10:13 am

Fez: New York.

And yeah, the art style looks cheap.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:15 am

    Are you saying it can’t be a great game?

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Scott Simpson said:

July 22nd, 10:13 am

When I first met you, Neil (halfway through your first sentence), I thought we could be good friends. But lately (after the second half of your sentence), you’ve *changed*, man. What happened, man? You used to be so cool…

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:17 am

    I totally know how to use the Internet. See comment #2…

ScubaOwl said:

July 22nd, 10:14 am

Sorry, Scott. I’m not saying it can’t be a great game!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:16 am

    Oh, okay.

    (Do you see what I did there? Ha!)

Anddo said:

July 22nd, 10:16 am

Very interesting concept. I have no qualms with the style. It suits the game.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:19 am

    Thank you, Anddo, you classy and sophisticated individual.

    The art style is based on the upcoming cartoon series, BTW…

ScubaOwl said:

July 22nd, 10:23 am

That was tricksy :)

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:26 am

    Fun fact: “Tricksy” is not my middle name.

lisatsunami said:

July 22nd, 10:24 am

Scott, for some reason , half the videos on the blog won’t play on my iPADD, so can’t watch yours right now. Good luck & best wishes @ CCon.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:27 am

    That’s just to build suspense.

    (or yeah, I’ll look into that…)

spoonTRex said:

July 22nd, 10:24 am

Whoa! I’m sold. That looks amazing. Everything, including the style. Day one purchase. How many hours are you looking at trying to hit and how much?

And Scott, while no offense is intended to other developers that post on here, just seeing how peppered this comment section already is by your replies marks you down as one of the coolest developers that’s posted on here.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:29 am

    Sweet! Dunno if SOE has set price, but $9.99 sounds fair to me (a bargain at twice the price!)

    Hours depends on how much you suck at platformers, I guess…

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 10:26 am

Scott Simpson WELCOME BACK to the BLOG! :)

I remember last post you were not only funny, but you answered everyone’s question! Even if it wasn’t a question about the game, LOL. Now that Comic-Con is here, and I know more about this game seeing trailers on YouTube, IGN, and now here, you can color me excited, or spray-paint me excited! :)

Few questions:

1. Confirm or Deny: This game will sell for a low price of $9.99? If Not will Plus Members get a Discount on Day 1? The only reason I am asking about the $9.99 price is because I read on IGN that it will go for $9.99!

2. Around when can we expect this game? I really hope soon, Cause I want to play this beautiful looking game

3. Since NEW York is the setting for this game, will we see my hometown Los Angeles next? Please say yes :)

Thanks and I am now following you guys on Twitter, and will be looking forward to this game! This game is on top of my PSN list of games!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:35 am

    Yes, I am glad they took that chest of drawers off me so I could get out of the house and make it to Comic Con. Thanks for welcoming me back!

    Best I know is:
    1. Probably $9.99, but i don’t know if that’s official, so…”pseudo-confirm”?
    2. You can expect it WHEN WE’RE DAMN GOOD AND READY (“late Summer”).
    3. No, Then you’d stop after two games.

    <– SMRT

Falaut said:

July 22nd, 10:33 am

I started watching the promo and five seconds in my mouth was just hanging open in awe. This is quite a feat as I consider myself a pretty jaded gamer. Really neat game!

Cross platform play with PSV? Do it! :)

Cheers

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:36 am

    A) watch out for flies.
    B) possible future play, but not just yet…

Gogo_ZvC said:

July 22nd, 10:34 am

Yes.

Take my money.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:38 am

    I think you just made me a prostitute.

    …or, at least, a “classy escort”.

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 10:40 am

Hey there me again…. I would love to see you guys maybe selling some [DELETED] or some really cool and colorful looking posters!
Let us know when those go on SALE!

1 more thing to add, if the games plays as good as it looks, the game get a 10/10 from me! Early review is in!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:27 am

    DELETED POSTERS WOULD BE AWESOME!

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 10:41 am

LOL why are post comment post being moderated?

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:45 am

    Clearly because you are an instigator.

    (or maybe that’s just “DZOR being DZOR”?)

Shin-Ra said:

July 22nd, 10:43 am

I like the art style but it’s really lacking in the tech/polish department judging by the trailer and screens.

Iffy framerate, no anti-aliasing, low-res baked-in shadows and I’m guessing it’s the texture filtering method used making that angled wall look especially blurry off into the distance in the first shot.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:46 am

    We’ll see how it turns out. We’re in SuperPolish3000(tm) mode right now.

    *cries

guitarded77 said:

July 22nd, 10:47 am

The first 3D/2D transition freaked me out… my eyes were like WTF?!?! Can’t wait to try this game out.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:54 am

    Fun fact: this game will be Rated L for “LSD-like side effects”

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 10:50 am

Don’t listen to haters….

If the game plays as good as it looks the game is a 10/10…There is my early review! And the 1st review of the game!

Please tell me there will be shirts, and cool looking posters.

I think why I was being moderated, I spelled Shirts WRONG, and left out 1 letter (r), that made it…..

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 10:56 am

    …that made it a brown, nutty shirt. Makes sense.

    And I’m not hatin’ the haters. The game won’t be for everyone, and we think we have a really cool game, so that’s all that matters to us.

    Well, except for the money and chicks.

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

July 22nd, 10:50 am

This games looks good..just gotta say if its more than $10 there better be online co-op..im not too fond of the couch co-op for my friends dont know how to leave my apt at an appropriate time >:/ I was kind hoping this game would be about you stomp or spray paint- or whatever harmful fluids that fit in a spray can – your enemies in a 3d world..with a 3d character..*hint for a new game ;) ..but i guess running on walls and roof tops is fine…cant wait to get more info about this game.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:00 am

    If the game is over $10, I’ll eat…something less-than-enjoyable.

    No online co-op this time, but I’m scribbling notes for a sequel AND THEN WILL TOTALLY TAKE CREDIT FOR IT LATER…

    Hey, how about an Easter egg that turns the soundtrack to polka music? That ought chase them out of your flat…

ScubaOwl said:

July 22nd, 10:51 am

Scott, you are awesome for dealing with snarky fanboy criticism with humor and grace, seriously. Now if you discount this game for Plus members you’ll be even awesomer!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:03 am

    That’s up to SOE to discount. Hey, I’m a Plus member, too, so I’m sure the discount for me will make up for lost revenue.

    Hey, wait a minute…

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 10:53 am

Wow is there an edit button, I need to re-read my post: Let me try again

What I meant to say in comment 18 is:

Will you guys be selling shirts, and posters for this game? I love the art style and colors

*I think I know why I was being moderated… I spelled Shirts WRONG, and left out 1 letter (r), that made it…..

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:05 am

    There is a potential plan in place for all kinds of crap (er…”collectibles and merchant”), some of it maybe even free around launch time…

    BUT YOU DIDN’T HEAR IT FROM ME…

    (especially since nothing is confirmed, yet)

Kirkpad said:

July 22nd, 10:54 am

I had been waiting for details on this game FOREVER. So much so, that I scoped the W!ldbrain website and found a description of the gameplay. I already knew it was going to be awesome. I just wasn’t exactly sure what it would look like until now.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:08 am

    Well, we’re here to help (mostly), I swear…

    Come on by twitter.com/Playbrains and you’ll never miss another update…probably.

Surfaced said:

July 22nd, 11:06 am

Umm… You guys should try implementing some anti-aliasing.

Just sayin’..

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:09 am

    The problem is, I’m a *big* Jennifer Garner fan, so I am decidedly pro-“Alias”.

Surfaced said:

July 22nd, 11:07 am

Also please try to improve the framerate… I’ve been looking forward info on this game and I’d hate to see it fail critically.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:13 am

    Framerate will definitely be solid. We’re still working’ on it, sir!

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 11:16 am

I know there will be a Sideway 2, have in in Los Angeles! There are lot of spray paint graffiti all over Los Angeles, Hollywood would also be a cool level too! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:19 am

    Maybe Sideway 2 is a municipal worker who jumps around the city cleaning up the graffiti from Sideway 1…

    SWEET, MERCIFUL CRAP, I JUST BLEW MY MIND…

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

July 22nd, 11:20 am

LOL..I WILL BE WAITING FOR LADY GAGA TO HAND ME MY CHECK AS SOON AS THE SEQUEL GETS A BLUEPRINT…:P

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:23 am

    The only problem will be accessing Gaga’s cheque, as it will be wrapped in latex, chrome and spikes.

UnRealistic_Hero said:

July 22nd, 11:31 am

This game looks interesting and fun, I’ll be kind enough to add the 9.99-14.99 (Possibly) to the hundreds of dollars I’m going to spend on videogames this year! :)

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:36 am

    We are happy to be 2-3% of your entertainment budget!

NightHawk17 said:

July 22nd, 11:34 am

Looks great, Day 1 for me.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:39 am

    I advise you to take Day 2 off TO RECOVER FROM THE INITIAL AWESOME…

ItsNymo said:

July 22nd, 11:39 am

Loving what I see already! My eyes burn with awesomeness!
Also, I, for one, really enjoy the art style and as a cartoon-nut, I look forward to the upcoming series! (when and where will it air, if i may ask?)
I want to see MOOOAAARRR!!! (lucky comic-con attendees…)

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:52 am

    Rawk on the eye burn!

    MOOOOAAARRRR is coming!

    Cartoon series TBA from Fuel and W!ldbrain, but check out Sidewaythegame.com for news on the series as well…

LUCKY-X-S7LEVEN said:

July 22nd, 11:49 am

man, it looks freaking cool . Quick question ; can you customize your character as you level up or is it all just rank based.
p/s Props in creating a fresh new platformer

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:57 am

    No customization as we’re using toons from the series, but I think in the sequel, we’ll have lots of that…

    Thanks for the Props!

Neil said:

July 22nd, 11:50 am

Okay I will buy this game just because of your dedication to reply to everybody’s comments.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 11:59 am

    …and then I loved Neil again. It’s just like old times!

Heavenly_king said:

July 22nd, 12:00 pm

searching for secret things will be as hard as hell. :(

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 12:03 pm

    Fun fact: all of our level designers are named “Waldo”. They’re wicked good at hiding stuff.

Airwalkinman17 said:

July 22nd, 12:27 pm

I just don’t get it! KIDS THESE DAYS pft!!!

Whats up with the first few comments? Are they not seeing the same trailer I just saw? That was totally bad ass. The art style and concept looks SO amazing. I’ve never seen anything quite like that. I just wanted to make sure that these fellow psn’ers have had their eyes and brains checked recently. A cheap FLASH game? WTH! SMH… seriously. face palm x10…

Anyway, can’t wait to see more. Until next time :D
Keep it up Scott.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 12:30 pm

    It’s all goog in the neighbourhood, my friend.

    Thanks for the facepalmy support!

Frejim said:

July 22nd, 12:27 pm

Looks great!

any demo coming soon?

PS: it’s great you are replying to everybody here!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 12:32 pm

    Quick, fly to San Diego!

    We’re demo’ing all weekend at ComicCon, which coincidentally gives me lots of time to write replies to comments…

boxmyth said:

July 22nd, 12:40 pm

Now on my radar. Love good 2D platformers.
Would like to maybe see Sideway: Athens BC. They had graffiti back then too.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 12:53 pm

    The problem with the ancient Greece platformer is that togas lift with the wind when you’re jumping around, and we don’t want an M rating…

DZORMAGEN said:

July 22nd, 12:41 pm

If I drive to San Diego right now will you get me into Comic Con? I will come on Sunday!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 1:12 pm

    I think Sunday is an open day? Don’t know if you need a pass Sunday.

    Otherwise, passes go for a carton of smokes around here. Just like prison.

Magicman354_ said:

July 22nd, 12:44 pm

Scott Simpson, you are the man. I wish all developers answered comments like this xD.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 1:13 pm

    I am not *the* man. I am merely *a* man.

    A manly, manly man…

Shinra_Soilder said:

July 22nd, 12:55 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve heard about this game. Glad to hear it’s coming soon.
Those unnatural rabbits will taint the streets with pink fear. ^_^

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 1:15 pm

    “unnatural pink rabbits tainting the streets with pink fear” needs to go into the marketing mats, stat!

BrianMcGuinness said:

July 22nd, 1:45 pm

Looks awesome. Kinda reminds me of Crush on the PSP (in a good way). Can’t wait.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 2:30 pm

    Rawk! Crush is awesome– I know what you mean!

lisatsunami said:

July 22nd, 1:53 pm

Ok, Scott, I came home & switched to wi-fi (shakes fist @ ATT 3G) & watched your trailer.
Looks great & fun. Loved all the girly pinks & purples which are shamefully absent in Playstation. Hope you sell like hotcakes.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 2:31 pm

    Like delicious, girly hotcakes.

    Mmmm…..girlicious! (grillicious?)

Drtee18 said:

July 22nd, 1:58 pm

I actually thought this was a Parkour game when it was announced but its totally mind blowing. I can see why you guys been patient and so quiet, the game looks amazing and I can’t wait to play it when it arrives

p.s. I think would be fabulous on the Vita with all its great control schemes. Especially the gyro’s and back Touch Pad.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 2:32 pm

    Thanks– glad you have grey matter on your ceiling.

    We’re looking into Vita as we speak…

thundercat17 said:

July 22nd, 2:18 pm

that looks fun, too bad i dont like games that gives me motion sickness

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 2:33 pm

    I knew webshould have gone with that Gravol tie-in promotion, dammit!

KillerOttsel said:

July 22nd, 2:18 pm

This game looks insane!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 2:34 pm

    Insane in the membrane, Killer!

Capshot18 said:

July 22nd, 2:40 pm

I’ve been excited for this ever since I saw the weird Bunny-Vomiting-Other-Bunnies-Thing in October. And, if this were on Vita, I’d buy it a second time, it looks that awesome.
Also, any news on a vague release date? Fall, end of summer, winter, 2012, last year?

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:11 pm

    Awesome. “late Summer, 2011” is now your fifth favourite date of the year, my friend…

snake4308 said:

July 22nd, 2:51 pm

trying to reply to every comment again like last time, I see…Muahahahaha.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:12 pm

    Uh oh. He’s figured it out!

    I’m gonna be posting cookie recipes at 5am again, aren’t I?

Sharingan_itachi said:

July 22nd, 3:01 pm

MIND BLOWING 2.5D o:

marlyt said:

July 22nd, 3:03 pm

Scott,

How are your dogs NOW? I know you were suffering earlier. It looks like the little dude in the trailer had some kind of special powers to turn into a ball of flames or something else red. Correct me if I’m wrong please. Does little dude have some kind of super powers? Is there a cool backstory or straight narrative that goes with these powers (if he has any)? I’m assuming that because there’s a show coming there is. You have me intrigued, sir.

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:17 pm

    Yes and sorta and yes. It all makes game sense, but the real canon will be the show.

    My dogs became rabid wolves two hours ago.

    Being a Booth Babe is tough. Especially wearing all this Lycra.

marlyt said:

July 22nd, 3:08 pm

Ok I just watched it again on a larger screen and that dude is a 2D cutout-like object flowing over 3D space…Feaking Awesome!!! It like Jake the American Dragon w/soulpatch meets Echochrome with a pair of steel shiny balls. SOLD!!! And he did turn into a red ball of something while wall running. What’s the scoop on that?

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:17 pm

    We call it The Mist Jump…BUT I’VE SAID TOO MUCH ALREADY…

darkwing75 said:

July 22nd, 3:08 pm

This is Day 1 to me, my jaw just dropped

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:28 pm

    I thought I heard a thud.

    In related news, each reply I leave drops the rating of this page, like, 0.05 or something.

    I believe the site thinks we’re in a flame war.

    So yeah, let’s get some controversy going…DEATH TO THE SUN!

Imtey said:

July 22nd, 3:33 pm

Ahhaahahahaah, you’re that legendary guy that replies to every comment! I love it!

You’re gonna reply to me now aren’t you?

Anyways, do you read NeoGAF? It’s pretty ballin’ mang

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:39 pm

    Depends– does this count as a reply?

Sakimori_X said:

July 22nd, 3:35 pm

ZOMG, this looks AMAZING! I love the concept. I love the art style. I love the music. And I love the overall attitude of the whole package. Can’t wait to play this. It looks like a mind-bender indeed. Great job, guys!

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    Scott Simpson said:

    July 22nd, 3:42 pm

    Awww, shucks.

    Thanks, Saki. We’re real proud of it.

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