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Monstrous PixelJunk Sale Tomorrow, San Francisco Community Event Thursday

Dylan Cuthbert's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Cuthbert on May 07, 2012 // President and Executive Producer, Q-Games Ltd.

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I wrote a Blog entry but today I have a really good reason to. In order to celebrate TEN years of Q-Games we decided to set up the ultimate BLOWOUT PixelJunk sale!!

The PixelJunk series has been a huge success for us, so to celebrate Q’s 10th anniversary (and also PixelJunk’s fifth), for a limited time we are slashing the prices of Racers, Monsters, Eden, and Shooter to just ONE DOLLAR. Yes, you heard correctly! On top of this, we are also slashing the prices for PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (PSP), PixelJunk Shooter 2 and PixelJunk SideScroller by HALF! You have no choice but to snap them all up the very moment the sale goes live tomorrow afternoon with the PlayStation Store update! Spread the word and let’s go PixelJunk crazy for a week! Actually, make that TWO weeks because after the sale, PixelJunk 4am will be launched (May 15th) and it is simply an incredibly unique experience.


For those of you anxious to get your hands on PixelJunk 4am, we will be hosting a PlayStation PixelJunk 4am Event open to the community on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Harlot in San Francisco. The first 75 attendees will receive a free copy of PixelJunk 4am when it is live on the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, May 15. Spread the word, Baiyon and I would love to meet you (psst…you must be 21+ to attend).

In the 10 years since I started Q-Games we’ve made a huge amount of games and technology for the PlayStation family and I’d like to highlight a few key moments in our history. Did you know that we made the PlayStation 3 “ribbon” and “sparkly dust” background on the XMB, as well as parts of the XMB graphical frontend? If you let the “About PS3″ credits roll you will actually see the Q-Games logo! Before that, on PSP, we developed some of the really cool technology demos that were shown at E3 all the way back in 2004. We also developed the PS3′s music visualizers, beginning with the “valley” default and culminating in the awesome “earth” visualizer – which was actually developed initially as a possible boot sequence for the PS3!! Ken Kutaragi envisioned a boot sequence similar to the sequence in Kubrick’s “2001 – A Space Odyssey” where you see a simultaneous moon and sunrise, but changed his mind and it became the even cooler “orchestral tuning” sequence that it is now. However, we continued working on it in secret, adding more resolution and detail until they gave in and let us sneak-release it into a firmware update a few years back.

Five years ago, with the launch of PSN, one of the guys at SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in Tokyo) casually suggested I consider making PSN games. I initially dismissed the idea, imagining SD 480i quality games, but once I plugged my brand-new PS3 into a 1080p TV via a HDMI cable and saw the amazing resolution and color reproduction it clicked that perhaps it represented a chance to rejuvenate 2D gaming. So I got to work preparing concepts for games that took some old ideas, added some new ones, and most importantly updated them to use the incredible extra detail and crisp colors of 1080p. Thus PixelJunk was born!

PixelJunk Racers

The first game was PixelJunk Racers, a game designed pretty much to only be playable in 1080p and a game that was impossible in SD because of the hundreds of tiny cars racing around the screen – quite often portrayed as a “black sheep” in the PixelJunk stable, Racers is really quite a unique game and is a great party experience, allowing you to play with up to SEVEN players simultaneously – young kids absolutely love it too and we have plenty of diehard fans which is why we updated it to become PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap. Anyway, Racers launched us into self-publishing here in Japan which was also a lot of fun (suddenly we were not just a developer but a publisher too!), and started our arrangement with Santa Monica Studios to release the PixelJunk series in the West.

PixelJunk Monsters

We developed the PixelJunk games in parallel and a few months after Racers we launched the smash hit PixelJunk Monsters which has been extremely popular over the years (oh, and the “Deluxe” PSP version will even run on your PS Vita as of May 15th!). Also, during the development of Racers I had the good fortune to bump into a Kyoto-based DJ and artist called “Baiyon” at a party held by a mutual friend and he seemed like an interesting guy so I decided to make our third game a little bit more “artsy” and brought him in to collaborate with us on it, giving birth to PixelJunk Eden! Just look at those CMYK colours – HDMI pushed to the extreme!

PixelJunk Eden

For our fourth title we had a naming contest which helped us decide on the name for “PixelJunk 1-4″ to be “PixelJunk Shooter” (yes, “PixelJunk Elements” was also popular but sorry folks it didn’t capture the “sci-fi” spirit enough for me – besides the acronym would be PJE and we already had a PJE in the series…). The concept for Shooter was decided right at the start of the PixelJunk project but the fluid technology took a little time to develop and flesh out, and by the time we had got to the point where we were thinking about music I had persuaded my old friend Alex “The Orb” Paterson to work with us on the soundtrack. He had just started an interesting collaboration with Dom Beken in the form of High Frequency Bandwidth (HFB for short) whose style of music is a kind of retro “b movie dub techno” was a perfect fit for the world we were creating in Shooter. This led us to collaborate on the sequel “Shooter 2″ and our very latest release last year “PixelJunk SideScroller” (which is totally awesome by the way).

PixelJunk Shooter

Which leads us to the upcoming release of PixelJunk 4am which, although it isn’t a “game” per se, is deeply engaging and a fun experience for everyone. Every time you play you are broadcasting live to the world! It’s really really addictive and you’ll find your PlayStation Move is being used in ways you never imagined!

Well that was a long post, but hey I hadn’t posted in a while – now PixelJunkies, go forth and spread the word, the PixelJunk BLOWOUT sale is ON!

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+ DarkOne_PR on May 7th, 2012 at 3:48 pm said:

noooo wait! I dont have any money left! StarHawk Resistance BS and Gravity Rush have it for now! why would u do this! :(


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+ PowerCorruption on May 7th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

Already have a huge backlog of games, but for $1, you’d be crazy not to pick any of these up (I’m missing Racers).

If you’re only going to buy 1, get PixelJunk Monsters.


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+ PowerCorruption on May 7th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

@DarkOne_PR

Dude, they’re only a buck…seriously most candy bars aren’t even that cheap anymore.


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+ steadydecline on May 7th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

I’m in for racers and shooter


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+ GenSpeedkill on May 7th, 2012 at 4:00 pm said:

Wow nice freaking deal!!!! I’ll get all the ones I don’t have.. and I only have Shooter!


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+ DarkOne_PR on May 7th, 2012 at 4:02 pm said:

but i have to buy a 20 psn card bc for some reason sony its not accepting my Credit card even when i always bough things with it.


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+ JumpMan33 on May 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm said:

Will Pixeljunk Monsters Encore and Pixeljunk Eden Encore also be on Sale???


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+ DarkOne_PR on May 7th, 2012 at 4:05 pm said:

wait i have 3 bucks left in my wallet! woots!


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+ akibake on May 7th, 2012 at 4:07 pm said:

*sigh*

Now, if I could actually load PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe onto my Vita, I’d be excited. I already have all those other titles for the PS3. Great games, and anyone who misses this deal is certifiably insane.


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+ punkmusic2009 on May 7th, 2012 at 4:09 pm said:

wow alsome free games add on in game items now alsome deals for 1.00 psp furature 100 items 1.00 1.00 male custem 100 item 1.00 luxury outfits 100 item now 1.00 a pixal game wow sony is going to need to update everyday insted tues and thurs im probly going to own everything on psn i have already 3 thoundion games not includeing ps home stuff plus i havent finshed midway 1 yet and they have midway 3 gees no other concal ever dose dis i love sony from day 1


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+ cowlikesapricot on May 7th, 2012 at 4:20 pm said:

More games with HFB music! I bought Shooter 1 and 2, and the only reason I bought Sidescroller was because of HFB and the Shooter universe. I liked the demoes enough that I’ll buy the other games for $1 to support an awesome studio, even if I never play them. Also, 4am looks and sounds great. I’ll be buying that one, when I get a Move. Any reason you aren’t selling the dynamic theme for a $1? I don’t have it , and would have bought it, too.


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+ TwinDad on May 7th, 2012 at 4:27 pm said:

I have all of the PixelJunk games outside of Monsters DLC. I paid full price it was worth every penny and I would do it again.


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+ cowlikesapricot on May 7th, 2012 at 4:29 pm said:

Actually, I should say dynamic themes. I think you have 2 dynamic themes. Sell them both for a $1. Sell the static ones, too.


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+ KentBlake on May 7th, 2012 at 4:43 pm said:

I’ll get the ones I don’t have: Eden, the DLC for Monsters (PS3) and Monsters for PSP (for my new Vita!).

Too bad I suck at Monsters, and can’t even get past the bridge stage…at least I was able to finish Shooter and SideScroller (and loved them)


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+ PainOfSarrow on May 7th, 2012 at 4:47 pm said:

OMGGG only 1 buck for full games ? this has to be the best deal and STEALL i ever saww on psn. i only have 2 bucks left in my wallet. this going to be some of the best 2 bucks spent. i ben holding off on pixeljunk shooter for a while. thats one of them im getting forsure. ppl say Pixel Monsters is good but it always looked to kiddish for me but for a dollar i might. i dont know much about the other games il have to do research. good job on this offer.


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+ dsigns209 on May 7th, 2012 at 4:55 pm said:

Would love to get the PSP versions for my Vita, but they dont work. Is there any update on this?


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+ Esena on May 7th, 2012 at 4:56 pm said:

What I don’t understand is why there has not been a new PixelJunk Monsters…

I think every PixelJunk fan has been demanding it since the release of Encore. Come on Q-Games!

I’ve purchased all PJ games and would gladly buy PJ: Monsters 2 56 times :)


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+ dsigns209 on May 7th, 2012 at 4:58 pm said:

Nevermind my comment, just seen that it will work on May 15th. Guess I will be buying.


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+ tonydamiani on May 7th, 2012 at 5:02 pm said:

Very Nice :) But I got them all on 1st day of release hehehe :D

But is cool to the people that don’t have them!

Trust me this games are very cool! :)


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+ EvilGalad on May 7th, 2012 at 5:21 pm said:

@akibake & dsigns209

Did you guys even read the article?

“(oh, and the “Deluxe” PSP version will even run on your PS Vita as of May 15th!)”


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+ Dinsouza on May 7th, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

Awesome news on PJ Monster Deluxe and Vita!!! So excited!!


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+ namDa65 on May 7th, 2012 at 5:30 pm said:

WOW, YES. YES. DESTROY STEAM BABYYY. This is what I’m talking about. Snagging ALL OF THEM.


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+ ReptileHand on May 7th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

Oh my gosh, I don’t own any of them! But I will get them all now! I needed a reason to spend some money on the store before I pick up Rayman Origins for $15 at the end of the month.


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+ saab01 on May 7th, 2012 at 5:42 pm said:

Which one is the best to purchase? Does anyone recommend any? Also do any of these have demos on the store?


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+ duke301 on May 7th, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

I’m definitely in for Eden and Racers, I already have all of the other ones. I normally get pretty angry when something I already bought goes on sale like this, but in this case not so much. I’ve had a lot of fun playing them. The PixelJunk games are all fantastic games, and I would recommend them to just about anyone. Haven’t had a chance to try out 4am yet, but if it is anything like the others, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. Here’s hoping to many more unique PixelJunk games in the future!


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+ xaos on May 7th, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

*gasp* How is there a venue called Harlot 2 blocks from my office, and I’ve never heard of it.

Time to address this oversight, see you fine folks Thursday evening! 4AM is coming early :)


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    + Rowan Parker on May 8th, 2012 at 1:44 am said:

    Noice. :) I fly over tomorrow. Pretty pumped. O^^o


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+ DaveedT13 on May 7th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

Really nice but Q-Games/PJ, where is my PJ MONSTERS 2…????????? (or MONSTERS ENCORE ENCORE or WHATEVER) The game is GREAT, really, need new levels! :)


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+ SSully on May 7th, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

How long does the sale last? I won’t be home until Wednesday


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+ DaveedT13 on May 7th, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

Exactly the same here @Esena (@17) :)


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+ plaztiksyke on May 7th, 2012 at 5:50 pm said:

Will Monsters Deluxe get an “HD” version for VIta?


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+ FORMIK on May 7th, 2012 at 6:01 pm said:

You guys did a great job with the PS3 effects! Could you consider the following:

- The Earth visualizer as a dynamic background?
- A second dynamic background, using the ribbon and instead of “sparkly dust”, have X’s, O’s, squares and triangles of various sizes. Change the names to “Original”, “Sparks”, and “Icons”.

Let’s get PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap on the PS Vita!

(Awesome sale, by the way.)


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on May 7th, 2012 at 6:15 pm said:

Sidescroller is easily my favourite of the bunch. Eden is great too. I’m going to have to pick up Monsters for sure. This is one heck of a deal guys, thank you.

Does anybody know a Canadian site where I can buy a PSN card and they’ll just email me the code?


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+ C_Y_P_H_E_R on May 7th, 2012 at 6:17 pm said:

Thanks Dylan! This is awesome. Between pre-ordering Starhawk & Dragons Dogma. I’m not left with much room to buy more games. But I’m totally buying the main four on sale, all tomorrow (excluding sidescroller).


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+ Vcheese on May 7th, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

What about pixel junk eden encore?


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+ CullenX on May 7th, 2012 at 6:26 pm said:

Dylan, Pixel Junk is such a fantastic developer!!! I would have bought all of these, but I have them already. I will be picking up Sidescroller, though! Wishing for a port or combo pack for the Vita. That’d be great!


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+ luvtoseek on May 7th, 2012 at 6:28 pm said:

Greats deals & news all around!


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+ Berae on May 7th, 2012 at 6:29 pm said:

What a great sale! I already have them tho XD. They are fantastic games!

Cant wait for you guys to announce Pixel Junk monsters 2 ;) I hope it happens at some times… oh and the earth visualizer is awesome!


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+ evildevil97 on May 7th, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

Pixeljunk Monsters is terrific co-op fun.


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+ namDa65 on May 7th, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

Make a

Pixeljunk Kingdoms!

Action rpg in the pixeljunk universe.


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+ LordRaoh on May 7th, 2012 at 6:52 pm said:

That is awesome.

PixelJunk Monsters is one of my favorite games this generation.

Q-Games is such an awesome company.


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+ massimodo on May 7th, 2012 at 7:08 pm said:

All we’re getting for the vita is pixeljunk monsters the psp version?! C’mon guys, pixeljunk games are absolutely ideal for this platform. Get a clue, and bring out vita versions of your games, especially the shooters. Or is making money something you’re not interested in?


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+ BossmanCCrowder1 on May 7th, 2012 at 7:20 pm said:

Okay…. I have never bought a Pixeljunk game before, and I think I’m about to buy 4 of them. Fantastic sale. That is amazing.


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+ Green-Elf on May 7th, 2012 at 7:22 pm said:

Fantastic news! I was just wishing that Monsters worked on my Vita.

I’ll also get it for the PS3 for that price!

Thanks!


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+ Squiggle55 on May 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm said:

I will likely be buying the psp version of monsters. Thanks for the sale and I love to hear a company provide info about when their PSP game will become compatible with the Vita. I wish more companies would show some initiative and care for their fans like that. And I would a PJ Monsters 2 on my vita. =)


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+ blakseed on May 7th, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

No better time for me too check out the PixelJunk series then tomorrow. Much, much appreciated.


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+ supvic on May 7th, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

PLEASE make a Monsters sequel. It’s by far the BEST PJ game ever. Shooter got a sequel within months, but Monsters, a game with so much more potential, has had nothing new in years.


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+ TJF588 on May 7th, 2012 at 8:55 pm said:

Now this is a nice birthday surprise. Might not even have to draw from my wallet tomorrow, since my folks know that a PS Store card is a safe bet for me (though I could use an excuse for buying more digi-good on 3DS). Already have Racers 2nd from early on in my PS3 ownership, but definitely looking forward to grabbing Eden.

Now, to see if there’s any deals on the DLC and associated contents…


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+ SpiritThief on May 7th, 2012 at 8:59 pm said:

Is Eden Encore on sale too?


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+ akibake on May 7th, 2012 at 9:02 pm said:

I’ve seen several threads on the web suggesting that PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe will be enabled for use on the Vita, on May 15th.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ps+vita+pixeljunk+monsters+deluxe

It would be nice to get the final word from someone at Sony or Q-Games.


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+ Tremulan777 on May 7th, 2012 at 9:10 pm said:

so i already owned pixel junk shooter on my ps3. does that mean i can play it on my vita? if so that’ll be great.


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