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PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate Out Today on PS4, PS Vita

Mark South's Avatar + Posted by Mark South on Jun 03, 2014 // Chief Operating Officer, Double Eleven Limited

Originally, PixelJunk Shooter and Shooter 2 were made by our friends at Q-Games. As Q-Games are a very tech savvy developer (like us), Shooter was born from gameplay experimentations, using a very clever fluid simulation technology they had written. As the gameplay evolved, so did the story. Four years after Shooter’s first launch, we met the guys at Q-Games and — as fans — started talking about what this edition would be.

We ended up doing a number of cool new things in Shooter Ultimate, and with it launching today it’s a good time to give you an idea of what to expect!

Exploration, Action, and Strategy

Ultimate unites PixelJunk Shooter and Shooter 2 into one continuous experience, with a host of enhancements. Take all those things as a given and let’s go a little deeper…

What drives all that is a massive physics engine that features a powerful fluid dynamics system. While making your way through the campaign you’ll quickly notice that the interplay between states of matter (solids, liquids, and gasses) is key to getting by.

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The beginning starts off easy: blast some rock, unleash a flood of water — and rescue the stranded scientists.

Scientists aside, surviving in Shooter Ultimate is all about managing your’s ships temperature. You can’t fly through magma since you’ll burn up, but unleash a flood of water and when it contacts, magma will cool and turn into solid rock — which you can blast your way through.

When I mentioned you couldn’t fly through magma, that’s not entirely true. Later on you can equip your ship with an inverter suit that allows you to fly through magma, but water will now burn your ship up — just to keep it fresh.

Online Battles

Online is where you undertake ship VS. ship battles that are more akin to a game of hide-n-seek than run-n-gun. Particularly as you can customise a loadout of upgrades on your ship that will completely change your tactics.

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The upgrades list includes better weapons — but the power ups, disruptors, and hazards really make the battles. The camouflage power-up disguises you as a scientist so your opponent may pick you up and take you back to their base, allowing you to steal their scientists. Disruptors can reverse an opponent’s controls, make them stick to walls, and more.

The folks at Q-Games developed online battles by playing it over and over. They started with just shooting at each other and over time developed capture the flag style mechanics along the way. The upgrades were thought up as they were playing, to allow players to develop their own battle strategies.

Great news about versus battles is that they support cross play. So while on your PS4 you can play against someone sitting next to you, or online on a PS Vita!

So there you go, folks! If you’re a fan of the originals we hope you enjoy what we’ve done with PixelJunk Shooter. And if you’re new to the game, invite a friend over, plop down on the couch, and prepare for some great times.

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+ Blacq_Soul on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:05 am said:

never played it before. I’ll give it a try (:


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+ cubbielovr on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:05 am said:

Having already played this on the PS3, I am still very excited to go through it again on the PS4. Both games were really great, and the improved visuals will help.


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+ GGCAN on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:07 am said:

Great !

Played many hours on my PS3 and now can enjoy on the PS4 and Vita.


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+ Gorvi on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:10 am said:

I finished the first PJS but never finished the second, this will be good incentive to go back. :)

Now we just need a new PixelJunk game.


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+ fromage2323 on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:11 am said:

Give it to MEEEEE!


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+ FifthDream on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 am said:

I’ve never had a chance to play these before, but i’ll definitely be giving it a go this afternoon. Looks like a lot of fun. And cross-play versus is really cool.


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+ Karvahl on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:39 am said:

Best PSN game ever, in my opinion. I made 100% on the first one, but i never finished the second game.

Getting this for my Vita thanks to PS+ makes me feel soooooooo good! :D.


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+ SpyDudeFX on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:40 am said:

I love PJ Shooter 1 & 2, love the High Frequency Bandwidth soundtracks too. Thanks to Double Eleven and Q-Games for making this happen.


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+ The_Great_Ska on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am said:

Will give this a try. Hope its as good as Velocity Ultra. That was fun to platinum!


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+ Rezolution77 on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am said:

Nice.We get an unexpected Vita title.
Pretty sure Ill be casually playng this to check it out.

But who knows,if you added a way to buy IGC games, it may be worth buying.


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+ KazeEternal on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 am said:

Cross Save and Cross Trophy support?


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+ blue_flare9001 on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:47 am said:

Is it cross buy?


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+ Poser404 on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 am said:

When does the store update? I just got my PS4 over the weekend… sorry if this is a dumb question.


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+ Emperiux on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:01 am said:

I have to admit I was starting to get very disappointed with the PS+ service in general but after seeing numerous gameplay videos of this game I am VERY pleased with this month’s games for the IGC. Way to go Sony! I can’t wait to get my hand’s on PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate!


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+ The_Great_Ska on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:08 am said:

@ 13 – Store updates at 5pm EST. Sometimes earlier. Keep checking.


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+ Hefestus91 on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am said:

Does it have local co op on vita via ad hoc?


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+ KiLLjoY-42481 on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 am said:

Pix junk shooter and it goes online! Yes, i have a version of this on the ps3, but this is one i liked. For all the greif i give you guys, thought youd like a more positive one this time. So, thankyou very much, i will dl and play to the end. And i will enjoy.


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+ jake78655 on June 3rd, 2014 at 10:16 am said:

These are great games especially the first one.


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+ Spitfire_Zero_ on June 3rd, 2014 at 10:19 am said:

Out of all the Pixeljunk games, Shooter 1 & 2 are my favorite. Now that you guys have brought this to next gen, it’s time you go back and make more of “this style” of games. A genuine thanks for all your work.


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+ austinite04 on June 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am said:

This game is a great value, unlike worms ($25 and no cross-play)

Sony, please try very hard to keep digital games in the $15 range..


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+ callawaycorvette on June 3rd, 2014 at 12:30 pm said:

Its 3:30pm When are they coming out -_____-


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+ TwinDad on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:07 pm said:

@callawaycorvette,

If they keep to normal schedule in about 1 hour.


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+ duke301 on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm said:

Had a lot of fun with the originals on PS3, I can’t wait to see how it looks/plays on PS4. Even better still, those of us Plus! members get it for free! Thanks a lot, guys!


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+ tusunami on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:28 pm said:

I very much enjoyed the pixel junk series as soon as the store updates I’m going to play this!!!!!!!


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+ veryhoudini11 on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:31 pm said:

the store is updated, but the prices are not showing the ps plus. it gives me the standard message when purchasing a ps plus game saying its only free as long as you have a member ship, but the cart is showing full price….. ill keep checking for it to be updated all the way.


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+ The_Great_Ska on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:33 pm said:

@25 – Thats because the store has not been updated yet. Be patient.


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+ Rezolution77 on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:44 pm said:

Cmon already :)


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+ Ryumoau on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:44 pm said:

i’ll try this since its free i guess, but there was no way i would spend money of something like this.


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+ Rezolution77 on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

Totally agree with you @20 austiniite04.


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+ AMCS-PT on June 3rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm said:

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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+ veryhoudini11 on June 3rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm said:

@26, no it has been updated but not all the way. why would new games released today be on there like pixeljunk shooter if it wasnt updated, the games are even under the ps plus free games category just without the right price. so obviously it has been updated to some extent. and i am being patient which is why i am checking periodically. i wasnt complaining at all.


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+ AMCS-PT on June 3rd, 2014 at 2:17 pm said:

Sony at its best as always


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+ belldandy47 on June 3rd, 2014 at 2:19 pm said:

Wow, Double Eleven and the Eye of Ra? Either you guys are all Freemasons, or somehow affiliated with them. Am I right?


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+ PrimeroIncognito on June 3rd, 2014 at 3:34 pm said:

@ belldandy47

You just now noticed? Do you have any idea how long all this has been going on in gaming?

By the way, it’s not what you think it is…


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+ SpyDudeFX on June 3rd, 2014 at 4:51 pm said:

Amazing, love it so far but…ugh the online trophies! The painful one is win 5 in a row, and the online is so bleh. It’s gonna be a real chore to unlock those trophies -.-


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+ Boulderax1 on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:10 pm said:

Love it, complaint though- everybody I face online exits the match either when it starts or when their about to lose. And it goes again my win percent and betting! If they quit I think it should count as a win for me…pwease


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+ MJtheMC on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm said:

Ok. After the long wait for the update I got the game and its F%$*ing amazing. Online multiplayer is great. The game is great guys good job!


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+ allegretto2500 on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 pm said:

Bad bug to report. The ps4 version has a problem with invisible gems in a lot of areas that should be visible.


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+ xClayMeow on June 4th, 2014 at 7:07 am said:

I was wondering if you could patch in control customization for the Vita version. I know some people may not like the rear touchpad, but I’m thinking I’d like that better to fire weapons than RT. At least provide the option!

Other than that, it’s pretty cool so far :)


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+ StingrayX on June 4th, 2014 at 12:17 pm said:

I keep getting an error code while trying to DL the PS4 version.


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+ StingrayX on June 4th, 2014 at 12:22 pm said:

Oh, nevermind.


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+ ATEX79 on June 4th, 2014 at 1:00 pm said:

I have PS+. Downloaded the Vita version without issue. Tried downloading PS4 version yesterday and today and get the same error message, “An error has occurred.” Pretty frustrating. Any ideas?


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+ Wrapped-in-Bacon on June 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm said:

I am having an issue with this games overscanning on my Projection TV. Can’t see the outside 1.5 inches of the screen. Would be nice if there was an option to resize the screen under options like most games have.


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+ xxNORMANDOxx on June 4th, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

I’m also having trouble downloading ps4 appears in PixelJunk Shooter (An error has occurred) downloaded the psvita yesterday without error.


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+ xxNORMANDOxx on June 5th, 2014 at 4:40 am said:

For those who received the error (An error has occurred). Unable to download entering the historic and downloading there!


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+ ATEX79 on June 5th, 2014 at 8:50 am said:

Here’s what I did to resolve the error. First, I had downloaded the Vita version to my PS3. I deleted that. Then I went back to the PS4 and opened the Library on the main menu. Select the game and download. For some reason, it wouldn’t let me download the game from the store or the downloads menu option.


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+ Iamed8 on June 5th, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

Another indie game that features a Platinum trophy!! Time to plat this game!!


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+ Iamed8 on June 5th, 2014 at 9:53 am said:

However, the PS Vita and PS4 version of this game has the trophies all together instead of separate trophies. That sucks because I want to double plat this game!


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+ Outsider on June 5th, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

Every time I try and download the PS4 version I get an error… Vita is all good though.


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+ Outsider on June 5th, 2014 at 10:35 am said:

Rory.. Just saw the work around.


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