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PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap Coming to PSN this Spring + PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe on UMD

Dylan Cuthbert's Avatar Posted by President and Executive Producer, Q-Games Ltd.

Well…what a great GDC we had. We spent most of our time in Sony’s Blogger’s Lounge previewing PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap for the various press people who came around to visit. And I’m here to make it official and let everyone know that we will be releasing PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap on the PlayStation Network this Spring.

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap screenshot 1

So, to recap for those who haven’t seen the various blogged reports on it, PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap is a bit of a fan service really – we went back to the original Racers and added Trophies, but we didn’t want to just stop there (just adding the bare minimum isn’t really what we do). So we added a whole new feature – ghost attack. What this does is record how you played whenever you register a new score on the high score tables, so anyone else in the world (including your friends of course) can play against you, trying to best your score.

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap screenshot 2

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap screenshot 3 PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap screenshot 4

On top of that we made the single-player tournament a little easier to complete, so you can open up the ghost attack and various party modes even more quickly (and of course gain those Trophies more easily too!).

Just to go on the record – this game *isn’t* really a racing game. It’s as much a racing game as, say, Rally-X was back in the day, really. It is a slot-car based arcade game with lots of fun, wacky modes and ideas in it, and as a result is excellent fun if you get a few people round. And if you can’t get a few people around, the ghost mode opens up a ton of competition with your friends on the ‘net.

Now that I’ve covered off on 2nd Lap, I’m also here to deliver more news to the PixelJunk fans out there. This Spring, we will also be making PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe available on UMD! So, for those of you who prefer to have a hard copy of one of your favorite games … you are in luck. The UMD version of PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe will be available at participating retail outlets beginning April 27 for $19.99.

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe UMD box

For more information on the PixelJunk franchise, please check out our blog posts here and here. Continue to check back in with us for more information on 2nd Lap and everything PixelJunk here on the PS Blog!

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remanutd5 said:

March 18th, 1:40 pm

i love Pixeljunk Monsters on ps3 and psp , great news for psp owners

JesseHaysFL said:

March 18th, 1:41 pm

That is so rad, I cant wait!!!!!!!!

Oh and by the way, saw you at the GOW3 event…..I was too afraid to say hello but I was wondering what do you think of ol’GOW3?

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:41 am

    Hey there, I got to meet a lot of people at that event, it was a lot of fun – GoW3 looks awesome! (we just got our copies in the office today)

SDkngsht said:

March 18th, 1:42 pm

looks good…definitely good news but can we get PixelJunk Monsters 2 on the PS3 or at least a third island DLC asap please? or the extra maps from Deluxe on the PS3. there are people who have run themselves crazy coming up with words and 5 digit combinations on the bonus island w/PixelJunk Monsters.

if you guys can please make that happen sooner rather than later lol. thanks for listening & keep up the great games.

Stinkinmushroom said:

March 18th, 1:42 pm

When are you giving info on your next game… The company is awesome but now you’re kinda being kinda lazy with your dlc’s and re-releases. I guess the next announcement are extra maps for Shooters..?

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:43 am

    Lazy? We’re always mega-busy :-)
    But we can’t announce other stuff until it is ready.

    We revisited Racers as a service to the fans out there who really wanted trophies, but decided to go a bit further and add some other bits.

Wolfram23 said:

March 18th, 1:44 pm

I bought the racer game, and it sucks balls. Very dissapointed but I guess I should have researched it more before hand.

PixelJunk should make a racer that isn’t on rails, like the old arcade game with dirt trucks and jumps and powerups…

Stuffgamer1 said:

March 18th, 1:45 pm

I’ll have to give PixelJunk Racers a look, then. Once this generic “Spring” comes to pass, that is.

Gunblader_ said:

March 18th, 1:46 pm

UMD version of Pixeljunk Monsters? Sold

Big_Hawk97 said:

March 18th, 1:46 pm

PJ Monsters is probably the greatest game to come out all year for the PSP. Time well spent!

SDkngsht said:

March 18th, 1:46 pm

just realized the deluxe UMD is set for release on my birthday…man that’s a sign! lol…PixelJunk Monsters 2 would be the greatest birthday present EVER! hint hint

ok i’m done. peace.

JesseHaysFL said:

March 18th, 1:46 pm

If you like slot racing or the “electric race cars with triggers” when you were a kid you will love this.

Craiji said:

March 18th, 1:46 pm

Thank you for your constant support of your games, will buy 2nd lap day 1.

Now, where is my new visualizer???

ThisIsInsane said:

March 18th, 1:47 pm

Great news about Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe coming to UMD on PSP!!! If only the PSP had Pixel Junk Racers 2nd Lap now too…. :(

FranzH said:

March 18th, 1:47 pm

Aww, no online matches? :(

Nice update though :) Really fun game to play with friends!

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:44 am

    The ghost mode lets you play “online” even when your friends aren’t which is kind of cool :-)

reson8er said:

March 18th, 1:48 pm

Please Dylan, please please pretty please, more PJ: Shooter levels!

JesseHaysFL said:

March 18th, 1:48 pm

And sorry Mr. Cuthbert I just realised that I came into the blog about your game announcement and asked about another game…..that was rude of me and I’m sorry for doing so.

That aside, everyone who came up in the early eighties should love this because we all had a glow in the dark racetrack that climbed our walls.

eksMAN said:

March 18th, 1:48 pm

cool! whats the price on 2nd lap and wheres the shooter demo?

T3mpr1x said:

March 18th, 1:48 pm

I liked PixelJunk Racers, but it definitely was difficult. These improvements have guaranteed a buy from me! Well done Q-Games!

ZildjianKX said:

March 18th, 1:51 pm

I’d also love to see all the PixelJunk Monster PSP content arrive on the PSN version… and having all the trophies unlockable for co-op. Does anyone actually play PixelJunk Monsters by themselves?

mywhitenoise said:

March 18th, 1:52 pm

It’s really cool to see developers go back and support older titles, and add trophies.

I wish Insomniac would take a cue from you, same with games like “Valkyria Chronicles”, “Hot Shots Golf”, “Heavenly Sword” and especially “MGS4”.

Trieloth said:

March 18th, 2:01 pm

Hellz yeah more PJ Racers :D !! OMG I didnt relieze you added trophies to the old version @.@

VixDiesel said:

March 18th, 2:01 pm

Can’t wait. I gave up on PJR cause it was really boring and was somewhat disappointed in it. Hopefully these new updates will make it worth returning too. Just the easier difficulty will make it worth it.

megamixer said:

March 18th, 2:02 pm

I tried Racers way back when but could never figure out how to play it right. In theory it should be a fun game but for me it was frustrating. :( Maybe this easing up on the difficulty will help? I would also hope the trophies aren’t nearly as hard to win as those in Monsters and Eden. By the way, will US and Europe ever get the Shooter demo which was released in Japan and Asia two months ago?

nixice said:

March 18th, 2:06 pm

Heh, good idea to re-explain PixelJunk Racers. I wasn’t much into it when it first launched but the the Q-Games team has done such astounding work everywhere else, and some of the updates sound so promising, that I feel I’ve really got to give it another shot!

And I see that the PJ:Monsters UMD will have the online play intact — that’s great, because sometimes when a game is re-released a feature or two is dropped. Nothing is added or subtracted from the UMD version, correct?

MirThps said:

March 18th, 2:08 pm

Great, any news on a PixelJunk Shooter expansion?

CaribouLou said:

March 18th, 2:12 pm

I loved Shooter and Monsters and was on the fence with Racers and Eden. But I’m down for giving this a go. I think the Racers reboot will prove beneficial now that you guys are known as a AAA PSN developer.

Einhander138 said:

March 18th, 2:18 pm

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s about bloody time.

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:45 am

    We went back to it especially for people like yourself :)

Moosehole said:

March 18th, 2:19 pm

I’m a bit confused… Is this a sequel to Racers or an update? Will people that already own Racers get this update for free?

Also, would really love to hear about DLC for PJ Shooter (my favorite PSN game ever) and hopefully a PJ Monsters 2 for PS3!

krae_man said:

March 18th, 2:20 pm

So is 2nd Lap a patch for the original game or an all new release?

TwinDad said:

March 18th, 2:21 pm

Install feature to MS for the UMD version of Monsters Deluxe?

SDkngsht said:

March 18th, 2:25 pm

@Wolfram23 that’s what demos are for my man…this is definitely not a racing game…if that’s what you were looking for this isn’t it…demos son…demos first whenever available…

VincentVendetta said:

March 18th, 2:32 pm

Thank God for the single-player progression. PixelJunk Racers was one of the very first PS3 games I ever had (along with Super Stardust HD), so I’m really happy about the new update.

colonel007 said:

March 18th, 2:40 pm

Permission to recreate the tracks in ModNation Racers?

Korbei83 said:

March 18th, 2:46 pm

It sounds like you’re holding trophies ransom. Care to clarify if it’s a patch? A booster? Both?

divine1000 said:

March 18th, 3:13 pm

I hope you make more PSP conversions of PixelJunk games; PJM is possibly my favorite PSP title.

KidCommando said:

March 18th, 3:16 pm

Total bummer. Why didn’t you add online to Racers? Can’t believe you are re-releasing it without online play. That was the MAIN problem with the first one.

Love your games, but that is completely lame.

Jeigh said:

March 18th, 3:16 pm

I’m with Korbei83 (32) on this one: there really should be some clarification here. I actually currently have PixelJunk Racers (bought Day 1) sorted into a folder called “Hatred” because I couldn’t stand it; I only have maybe 1/3 of all of the games unlocked because I was somehow expected to get golds and silvers on games that pissed me off just getting bronzes.

Maybe the difficulty adjustment can come as a separate free patch? (I won’t spend more money on a game I hate.)

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:47 am

    It can’t be a patch or it would overwrite the original game and the hardcore gamers out there like that one quite a bit.

    It’ll be a separate title, but if you already bought the original there will be an eligibility flagged to let you get 2nd lap for something negligible.

jimfear said:

March 18th, 3:27 pm

i like the cover of the umd :)

daddychaddy said:

March 18th, 3:38 pm

Ok so I guess I’ll say it if no one else cares about improvements to this game. where’s remote play for PJ Racers and in-game custom soundtrack. I mean really guys PJ monsters, eden and shooter are remote playable why not racers. Please answer that because I don’t understand.

Kirkpad said:

March 18th, 3:39 pm

YESS… PJRacers update!

Dylan (you have the same name as me, same spelling too), you are too cool!

Kirkpad said:

March 18th, 3:41 pm

Wait… it better not cost anything. I just bought this game a little while ago.

TristanMike said:

March 18th, 4:16 pm

I’d like to echo what some others are asking.

Can we please get some clarification on this. Will this be a patch, or a new release we have to buy ?

I’m assuming that it’s a rebranding, and all owners of the game get the updated version “free” so to speak. But come clarification would be nice please.

Sakimori_X said:

March 18th, 4:39 pm

Racers is definitely one of the underappreciated gems in the PSN’s library. So glad to see it get a bit more love from the folks at Q and another shot at the spotlight in general.

Bashr21 said:

March 18th, 4:46 pm

So when 2nd lap comes out will it be updated into the PixelJunk bundle? I would buy the bundle if that happens.

Kirkpad said:

March 18th, 5:07 pm

Yeah I don’t think he would mention a price for PJM and not mention the 2nd lap price.

Makes it sound as though the 2nd lap is just an update and/or a free booster pack from the PSN Store.

Kirkpad said:

March 18th, 7:41 pm

2ND LAP COSTING MONEY CONFIRMED!!

“For those of you that already purchased the original Racers, you can download 2nd Lap for an extremely small price (as in, around a dollar)”

-From IGN.com

I’m not sure if it’s worth it, if all we are getting is ghosts and a leaderboard with downloadable ghosts. There are probably some “ghost trophies” that require the add-on.

Elvick_ said:

March 18th, 7:59 pm

PJM on UMD? I’ll buy it now then. I hope Patapon 2 makes it’s way to UMD. I’d actually buy it then. It deserves to be on a UMD. Patapon is godly.

PJR is hard as heck for me, but I’m glad it’s being updated. So long as I don’t have to spend anything on it. Otherwise, that’s some b/s.

Zezzler said:

March 18th, 9:46 pm

Dylan…. wow.
you just never cease to amaze us with more and more awesomeness.
You. Are. A. Bro.

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    Dylan Cuthbert said:

    March 19th, 12:48 am

    Have fun! – it was a lot of fun for us to revisit and play with Racers again.

johnnyroastbeef- said:

March 19th, 5:16 am

I love edenI play it all the time[when I need a break from mw2]I always wanted to try shooter and monsters,and I think this will motivate me to pick it up.can’t wait!

HouseMorton said:

March 19th, 9:34 am

You guys rule. Just wanted to pop in and say that.

When will we get a sneak peak at this year’s pixeljunk plans (like last years preview)? Is pixeljunk dungeon (1-4?) dead?

acerazer1 said:

March 21st, 7:06 pm

Wow, that’s freakin awesome, been playin Racers on and off for over a year now. Didn’t know it was getting trophies though, will definitely get me back into it. Love Q-Games; great games, great support, great relationship with their fans.

This and everyday shooter are probably the only non-trophy games I’ve played nonstop, which is kind of sad. I need to go to trophy rehab. Sigh.

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