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Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Takes Flight October 18th

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With our first post in July, we introduced you to our upcoming title Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, and for our second post in September, we touched a bit on the genesis and character design of the Rocketbirds. In this third post, we wanted to talk a bit about the cutscenes and music videos we created for the game.

But first, here is the preview trailer of the game!

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes you on a cinematic platform adventure through Albatropolis, as you hunt down the Penguin’s corrupt leader, Putzki. Along the way you’ll have to kill many penguins, solve puzzles, incite revolution, and maybe pilot a few jetpacks.

Originally, for Rocketbirds: Revolution! (the Independent Games Festival 2010 triple finalist browser game) we created the first opening sequence (‘Robot’ music video) as a way to keep people interested while the first game assets were being streamed to people’s computers. When we’d completed it, it worked well to bridge the waiting time (it’s a lot more entertaining than watching a download status bar), but it also helped us infuse attitude to the game’s presentation and provide people with a more complete gaming experience. This has prompted us to provide all our cutscenes in this cinematic format – and yeah, making them was a lot of fun too!

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Our movies start out as rough thumbnail sketches, which we cut and scan together into storyboards and weave into an animatic, which allows us to time the shots with the music. During this stage, most of the creative magic happens, as we can work and iterate very quickly. Once we were happy with the shots, we’d start fleshing out all the required assets for each shot and bring all the pieces together. Here are the comparative shots in those clips:

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The other type of cutscene we call “talking heads” – these type of scenes are pretty easy to do since we use the actual fully-rigged game character assets to act out the scenes. First, we start with the script and storyboard and do the voices – then produce an animatic to check the timing. Some of these clips remain animatics until almost the very last moment, so we can stay flexible in moving / removing these to suit the structure and pacing of the game.

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We introduce the game’s two antagonists in the animatic strip above. Just like Hardboiled Chicken, both Putzki (Penguin) and Brno (Albatros) needed to be larger than life. I thought it’d be funny if the bodyguard, Brno, was such a bad-ass that he wasn’t afraid to slap his own boss (Putzki) around a bit. Putzki too, with his posters naming him, “Our Fearless Leader” had to be a first-class yellow-bellied twit, having a Paxton-freak-out moment, obviously borrowed from “Aliens,” in this scene.

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We’re very proud of this title! Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be coming exclusively to PSN October 18, 2011.

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tylerh1701 said:

October 5th, 11:11 am

Price?

madecrazy said:

October 5th, 11:23 am

it astounds me how a game that looks like a kids game can get the rating of Mature for blood and gore, intense violence and language. ill say it again im astounded

WFMMK said:

October 5th, 11:27 am

Very much looking forward to buying this. Can you tell us the price so we can get our wallets ready?

Emerald_Swords said:

October 5th, 11:30 am

Wow this game looks freaken amazing!

D-Squad3 said:

October 5th, 11:38 am

Sold

rabidninjamonky said:

October 5th, 11:52 am

Hopefully there will be a demo on day 1. Looks promising, but I would like to try it out first.

LilWayneSuckz said:

October 5th, 12:12 pm

Holy crap this game looks good…

Deathspear666 said:

October 5th, 12:17 pm

Nice but where is our 4.0 system update??!!

Mobius2525 said:

October 5th, 1:12 pm

It’s KFC Time!!!

sytanic said:

October 5th, 1:34 pm

I’ll redo these in red, but for now, let me answer some of your questions!

@tylerh1701 / @WFMMK: $11.99 and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is taking part in a bunch of PSN promotions for October too!

@madecrazy: preachin’ to the choir mate!

@rabidninjamonky: there will be a demo on day 1 :-)

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:55 am

    Bit late, but a promise is a promise!

    @tylerh1701 / @WFMMK: $11.99 and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is taking part in a bunch of PSN promotions for October too!

    @madecrazy: preachin’ to the choir mate!

    @rabidninjamonky: there will be a demo on day 1 :-)

Heavenly_king said:

October 5th, 1:44 pm

AWESOME!!

WFMMK said:

October 5th, 1:53 pm

@sytanic Awesome thanks, I’ll be sure to be loaded by then(I have some cash but it’ll be spent on the 11th).

Psicocrusher said:

October 5th, 2:08 pm

I will buy this game! It looks really amazing! Long live indie games!

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

October 5th, 2:17 pm

DAY 1 PURCHASE..OR DAY TWO BECAUSE THAT DAY HAPPENS TO LAND ON MY BDAY..AND I CAN USE MY BDAY MONEY ..SO YEAH DAY TWO PURCHASE..LOL

luisfqv21 said:

October 5th, 3:07 pm

I relly relly want this game, I only have to know the price and sold :)

K3ViNPwNz- said:

October 5th, 3:53 pm

there’s supposed to be a 4.0 update?I don’t recall that.

wolfzero1 said:

October 5th, 3:56 pm

nice, def. day 1 purchase

blackghost826 said:

October 5th, 5:29 pm

I completely agree with #2. Im not just astounded, Im disapointed too.

that-acmilan-guy said:

October 5th, 8:41 pm

I have been keeping my eye on it for a while now, now that is one pissed off chicken. He is some sort of psycho? I mean It is scary when he keeps shooting the guy with the shotgun and keeping his corpse in the air for quite a while :'(

that-acmilan-guy said:

October 5th, 8:43 pm

A question to developers: I am a hardcore metal head, I can’t seam to help but notice from the chicken’s biker style get up evokes metal. Is he hard boiled metal head as well?

sytanic said:

October 5th, 9:56 pm

I’ll redo these in red, but for now, let me answer some more of your questions!

@luisfqv21: $11.99 and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is taking part in a bunch of PSN promotions for October too!

@blackghost826: ack… we had a bit too much blood… so sorry…

@that-acmilan-guy: Hardboiled is the original Coq of War. You’d be pissed too if you were captured and brainwashed by Penguins as a child and ordered to kill your own people… Wouldn’t you?

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:56 am

    @luisfqv21: $11.99 and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is taking part in a bunch of PSN promotions for October too!

    @blackghost826: ack… we had a bit too much blood… so sorry…

    @that-acmilan-guy: Hardboiled is the original Coq of War. You’d be pissed too if you were captured and brainwashed by Penguins as a child and ordered to kill your own people… Wouldn’t you?

FORMIK said:

October 6th, 6:34 am

Great looking game. Is there much “jet packtion” throughout the game?
I look forward to the demo! There’s some attitude to the game. I bet the developers had fun with this.

madecrazy said:

October 6th, 6:43 am

maybe a turn off blood and language feature i wish more M games would do that

odd69 said:

October 6th, 6:45 am

Yea i may have to get this day one, but i think we get dungeon defenders that week too which is also day one. Well regardless this is a insta-buy for me, i love 2d platformers. I have bought tons this year and this looks like a standout. Can we play this online drop in/out ? Also Can we expect a demo at release?

WelmoscaBR said:

October 6th, 12:04 pm

This is definitely Shank with chickens…well I love this kind of game…count me in…you have my money…The trailers is awesome.Just release one demo together with the game.

plaztiksyke said:

October 6th, 12:47 pm

what’s the FPS on the animation assets? 5FPS? 10FPS? what’s the native resolution of the animation assets?

Rooskie007 said:

October 7th, 5:33 pm

That looks cool… kinda reminds me of Earthworm Jim… Cant wait… Any date set yet?

Rooskie007 said:

October 7th, 5:33 pm

oh yea… 3D support??????

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:57 am

    October 18th – and yeah, stereoscopic 3D support! We made a tilter.

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