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Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Hits PSN This October, Meet the Birds

Sian Yue Tan's Avatar Posted by Ratloop Asia


In July I had the pleasure of announcing that our game, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, was coming exclusively to PSN. We’ve gone and polished the heck out of it and will be shipping these fine feathered friends to you soon!

The game was in production for the PS3 for just over a year, but the Rocketbirds have been with me much longer. It started in the 80s with those anthropomorphic animal comics, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Using only birds gave the stories a satirical edge I could play with.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) --genesis-(the-Pilot-episode-released-in-1999)

It wasn’t until 2000, when I’d co-founded Ratloop Inc., and had decided to go back to complete my studies that I started to use the birds as a way to vent my creative energy.

I spent a week putting together a clip called “Pilot.” It had sneaky penguins infiltrating a chicken base on what looked like the North Pole. It got good attention at the time, so the simple formula stuck with me.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) -- artist-workshop-in-Austria

Eventually I spent a week at an art event called Trustus. Artists had seen and liked “Pilot,” that year a bunch of us created a movie (with Penguins and Chickens) during the week- it played non-stop, projected as background visuals to music the DJs were playing. Music plays an important part in Rocketbirds – I’d also met Herwig Maurer of New World Revolution that week, and he remembered the birds and let us use his awesome music for Rocketbirds!

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) -- early-prototype-of-the-game

The more mainstream my life became, the more these birds started pecking at my psyche. I had to make another game. In October 2009, we released “Rocketbirds: Revolution,” which was nominated for three awards at the 2010 Independent Games Festival: Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Visual Art and the Seumas McNally grand prize.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) -- Hardboiled-design

The protagonist, Hardboiled Chicken, is a mild-mannered, stone-cold Penguin killer. He’d always been a light grey colour, like a hard-boiled egg. He started out (D1) looking like the prototype Hardboiled Chicken (C1) with no real neck, stocky body and a single wattle. I tried going Earthworm Jim-like (D2), but I thought a chicken soldier needed a bandana to cover his comb. I also gave him two wattles and sideburns, and removed the bottom beak to simplify his talking animation. I saw Behind Enemy Lines, so hooked him up in a track suit – then a biker suit (D3). Something still wasn’t right. An executioner look (D4) did the trick for Hardboiled Chicken (D5).

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) --Penguins

I could never get the Penguins (E1 – E4) right until we were well into production of Rocketbirds: Revolution! These were soldiers of the evil Penguin empire, but when designing them (E5), they were more like soldiers in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wanted the Penguin’s black and white pattern to be black over the eyes, appearing bandit-like and disobedient.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS3 (PSN) -- Budgies

For the game’s two-player couch co-op mode, we needed six more Budgie designs to form the “Dirty Half-Dozen.” I’d given this task to one of the level artists, Xinru, to create designs based on the original budgie protestor template. The design I liked (F3) prompted me to theme the others based on Vietnam War movies and TV shows (F4). Ang, our other level artist, painted the Dirty Half-Dozen (F5 / F6). One of the Budgies had a last-minute sex change and became Hilga.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be coming to exclusively to PSN this October and we couldn’t be more excited!

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xxThe_Fuhrer-xx said:

September 22nd, 10:37 am

That chicken looks badass.

KidCommando said:

September 22nd, 10:38 am

Chicken + Lunchtime = I’m Hongry!

zech678 said:

September 22nd, 10:42 am

love kool

PremiumPencil said:

September 22nd, 10:50 am

Nice chicken.

mcbuttz78 said:

September 22nd, 10:55 am

man u need to do psn avi’s.. i would buy the whole pack. this looks very funny as well as fun..

AguilarX said:

September 22nd, 11:00 am

I definitely can’t wait to pick this one up!!! hopefully its only 9.99 :(

lisatsunami said:

September 22nd, 11:01 am

Thanks for all the pictures and narrative. Did I miss where you said what genre this is? Shooter? Action platformer?

omegasc said:

September 22nd, 11:08 am

C1 to C4 reminds me of Flashback. Even the colors are similar. Flashback’s awesome!

JLP_M said:

September 22nd, 11:09 am

Oh my god I love the art style of the game! Please tell me you guys are going to be releasing PSN Avatars! I would love to be able to get avatars of the game, and I just checked out some gameplay for this game and it looks awesome!

Mobius2525 said:

September 22nd, 11:28 am

Does KFC knows about this??

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

September 22nd, 11:46 am

this looks like a game worth purchasing..i was actually getttin alil tired of the same ol same ol angry birds..but this game is like angry birds on steroids with guns..lol – first day purchase..i hope there online co-op though..i doint mind having couch co-op but im married with a child and i cant have people over at the midnight hours i get to play :/

Gekko87 said:

September 22nd, 11:59 am

It seriously looks really cool. I love how cartoony it is!

Berae said:

September 22nd, 2:15 pm

loll it looks nice

plaztiksyke said:

September 22nd, 3:26 pm

@11, you should get your significant other to play games with you like I do, then ;)

Art style and overall attitude is interesting, but reserving judgement until I see some gameplay videos.

D-Squad3 said:

September 22nd, 3:29 pm

PSN Exclusive?!! I’m definitely getting then, please don’t change your minds!

elias820 said:

September 22nd, 3:52 pm

im getting this , looks awsome

luisfqv21 said:

September 22nd, 3:59 pm

this is how a game is done awsome!!!!!! Can’t wait till October hahahahahahaha

wolfzero1 said:

September 22nd, 4:05 pm

game looks fun, looking forward to it

sciroccopsn said:

September 22nd, 4:12 pm

good times, good times

Psicocrusher said:

September 22nd, 4:38 pm

This look really amazing, definitely looking forward to it…

Psicocrusher said:

September 22nd, 4:44 pm

Plus: Will be a story mode or only puzzles/co-op puzzles?

blackghost826 said:

September 22nd, 5:02 pm

Thanks for the info! Looks clever and fun!

sytanic said:

September 23rd, 2:46 am

Thanks for the kind words!

There was a lot of digging involved to find some of those early sketches. C1-C4 are from a really early prototype I made. For those of you interested in the original pilot (A1 – A5), you can dig it up in the media section on the ratloop web site.

@mcbuttz78 + JLP_M: avatars hmmmm… Gettin’ a bit tired of the chicken I’m usin’… would be cool
@lisatsunami: It’s a cinematic platforming game – check out my previous post (link at the top)
@Psicocrusher: Coop and single player modes both sport stories with puzzles in them


September 23rd, 4:11 am

looks like a good time, but we will be getting our hands on a bunch of new games soon, anyway to release this say… tomorrow? lol..
anyways looks fun..


September 23rd, 4:21 am

@ lisatsunami

thanks again for the thing w/ the other post..
saw what you wrote to noobalicious about spam..

and 2nd look at rocketbirds art made me l.o.l.
good stuff.

and i see is slated for oct, you know oct will be SWAMPED FRONT TO BACK w/ releases from psn store and of course from anyone who’s anyone in game distribution.. so anyway to get this in in sept? or is there too much going on ( contracts already signed, floating oct date and few touch ups etc) . maybe its finalized, if not maybe an early peek at this ?


September 23rd, 4:25 am

@ lisatsunami

thanks again
saw the comment from noobalicious and then saw what you wrote about the spam thing.. thnx 4 lookin out.
and just had to l.o.l. after looking at the rocketbirds art , looks funny.. well oct it is..

Airwalkinman17 said:

September 23rd, 7:53 am

Wow this game looks so awesome. I love the art style. Can’t wait to see more

Psicocrusher said:

September 23rd, 6:11 pm

This game will be in my collection for sure!

ABTR said:

September 23rd, 9:12 pm

The birds is popular on this days ha ha ha lol

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