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Kick & Fennick Launches on PS Vita in 2014

Vincent Bonefaas & Laurens Bruins's Avatar Posted by Co-Founders, Jaywalkers Interactive

We didn’t count, but we must have saved the world thousands of times. Like many of us, we spent most of our childhood being superheroes dressed in cardboard armor with a towel around our neck, having the most amazing and epic adventures.

Thankfully, now that we’re adults *cough*, video games still allow us to immerse ourselves in imaginary worlds, without looking like fools throwing pinecone grenades at each other. But this image of us as kids, running around the woods with a big stick, is thoroughly stuck in our minds.

Kick & Fennick on PS Vita

This is where the idea for Kick & Fennick originated, remembering the fun we had saving the world, and our friends, with our massive stick weapons. There are no complications as a kid, but if a real ten-year old boy would fire one of our imaginary super guns, he would surely launch himself through the air just from the weapon’s recoil… which would be pretty damn cool!

We love big, cinematic game experiences. We’re just a two-man team, but we couldn’t have Kick just jumping around a bit using his weapon. No, he needs to jump across huge skyscrapers, breaking through walls while shooting drones and dodging the massive claws of a towering enemy menace. Another passion we have is animation. We’re big fans of Pixar with their ability to appeal to all ages with original ideas, great characters, and sky-high production values.

Kick & Fennick on PS VitaKick & Fennick on PS Vita

These things are what make us tick as developers, and are at the heart of our love for making and playing games. Kick & Fennick is our first venture into independent game development and our big ideas get us in trouble sometimes, but that’s not stopping us from doing it anyway!

In true indie fashion, Kick & Fennick started out as a small mobile game, but quickly grew into something much bigger, sporting cutscenes, cute characters, boss fights, more than 40 levels, and an epic soundtrack by our friend and longtime colleague, Jonathan v/d Wijngaarden.

After about a year of production, we were ready to show off the game at a small independent games event in The Netherlands called Indigo. We’ve met a lot of great people there, including Maarten and Martijn from Green Hill Studios. They felt that the game deserved a bigger venue and offered to help us get the game to PS Vita. They added our friends at Abstraction Games to the mix, and here we are, working hard to bring Kick & Fennick to PS Vita in early 2014!

Kick & Fennick on PS Vita

We couldn’t be more excited about what has yet to come, and we hope we’ve caught your attention. If you would like to stay in touch and keep track of what we’re doing, visit our website at jaywalkersinteractive.com and follow us on Facebook. Of course we’ll be hanging around the comment section as well to answer any questions you might have.

Hope to see you around! :)

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Elvick_ said:

August 22nd, 11:33 am

Looking forward to seeing more. (saw a trailer on youtube that looked pretty sweet)

avluis said:

August 22nd, 11:53 am

Another awesome game coming to the PSVita! Can’t wait to play this!!

lisatsunami said:

August 22nd, 11:58 am

Wow, the Vita has too many gamez, and that’s just today ;-)

Thanks, looking forward to learning more.

Ryumoau said:

August 22nd, 12:03 pm

looks cute. hope theres a demo for it though.

AizawaYuuichi said:

August 22nd, 12:09 pm

Wow, so many new Vita games on the way. I’m loving it! Always enjoy adding things to my backlog, haha! Looking forward to more info on this game. :)

Apeman24 said:

August 22nd, 12:29 pm

Thanks for showing the game. Great job, working as a two man team must be tough but rewarding.

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    Vincent Bonefaas & Laurens Bruins said:

    August 22nd, 3:54 pm

    It’s definitely tough and super stressful at times, but seeing our game on a blog like this makes up for a lot. :)

xClayMeow said:

August 22nd, 12:46 pm

Just watched the trailer (you should put it in the blog post) and it looks sweet!

Only negative I see is that I wish there was some anti-aliasing because the edges are a bit crisp…but other than that, the art style looks great and this could be yet another fun platformer for Vita!

plaztiksyke said:

August 22nd, 12:51 pm

if the game looks as good on Vita as the screenshots imply, I’m very excited.

Jacob Jones on Vita also looked really fantastic, but most other 3D games have incredibly chunky textures that are super distracting even on the “small” Vita screen. (Yes, even Killzone Mercenary is a letdown in texture quality, even with all its other amazing accomplishments.)

will the music assets be 320kbps Ogg like some of the other recent Vita games?

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    Vincent Bonefaas & Laurens Bruins said:

    August 22nd, 3:58 pm

    The screenshots are directly from the game. Glad you like them!
    The audio bit rate is not set in stone yet, but we’ll push for the best possible quality.

YungShep said:

August 22nd, 1:34 pm

the love for vita is really overwhelming right now..

chrisgomez3030 said:

August 22nd, 2:23 pm

looking forward to this.

remanutd5 said:

August 22nd, 4:47 pm

3D platformer? what type of game is it? im asking this because the majority of indie titles are 2d side scrolling games and quite frankly im tired of playing those type of games, thats why im not that excited about all this indie revolution on playstation platforms.

Rainwater said:

August 22nd, 4:58 pm

You really should’ve linked the trailer here. The game looks really good.

remanutd5 said:

August 22nd, 5:02 pm

@12 yea i’ve just seen the trailer, wow now im interested.

aelurio1980 said:

August 22nd, 7:21 pm

looks an amazing game.

martinirage1 said:

August 22nd, 7:22 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for supporting the vita. Your game looks great. Awesome job both of you.

remanutd5 said:

August 23rd, 6:16 am

Guys i have just emailed the developers and they responded back already :), its a 2.5D side scrolling platformer but they say they have a very dynamic camera system which give the visuals a ton of depth and cinematic feel, i dont know about you guys but im excited about Kick&Fennick, hopefully the game can become a franchise and the sequel is a 3D platformer game, can you imagine the psvita having its own Platformer franchise?

Stranger_Eddie said:

August 23rd, 8:53 am

“Kick & Fennick Launches on PS Vita in 2014”

… 2014 have 365 days… If, this game will be launched in 12/31/2014, it will only “Playable for mortals” in 2015! …

So… Tell us more precise date!

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    Vincent Bonefaas & Laurens Bruins said:

    August 23rd, 9:47 am

    Kick & Fennick is on track for release in the first quarter of 2014.
    We wish we could be more precise than that, but it’s a tricky business
    and we don’t want to make promises we can’t keep! :)

Stranger_Eddie said:

August 23rd, 11:18 am

Thanks Vincent… This game looks nice!

… Errr… PSN + discount would be more nice! :) rsssss

Chairslinger81 said:

August 23rd, 3:15 pm

Rainwater is right, the trailer should be front and center on the blog post because when you track down the YouTube video you see this is one of the better looking Indies out there.

Like mentioned, 3D graphics with gameplay on a 2D plane, all looking very vibrant and nice. Platformers are probably favorite genre so this jumped up the list of my most wanted Indies.

SPC-AR said:

August 23rd, 7:36 pm

Don’t mean to beat a dead horse since a couple of people have already mentioned it but it’s true that the trailer should have been part of the blog post.

Here’s the official trailer on the PS Vita channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PguMBdLqzsI

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Vincent Bonefaas & Laurens Bruins said:

August 24th, 11:01 am

Hey everyone, thanks for all the great comments! It really means a lot. :)

Because Kick & Fennick has not yet been rated we couldn’t add the trailer to the blog post, but here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDS4Knrbhno&hd=1&rel=0

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