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Rocketbirds: Couch Co-Op Mode Revealed

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After its triple nomination at the 2010 Independent Games Festival, the Rocketbirds universe is finally approaching release — and only on PSN. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes you on a cinematic platform adventure through Albatropolis. In the single-player mode, you’re Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War, on a mission to hunt down the Penguin’s corrupt leader, Putzki. Along the way you’ll have to kill many Penguins, solve puzzles, incite revolution, and maybe possibly pilot a few jetpacks.

Today I’d like to share a bit about the game’s two-player couch co-op mode, since we are particularly happy with the way it’s turned out. But first, check out some gameplay in our new Rocketbirds co-op video.

We had always wanted a couch co-op mode for the game ever since we started development on the PS3 (because, well, co-op is fun), but didn’t know how and if it would work for our non-scrolling platformer. Simple questions needed answering, such as; “What should happen when one player leaves the current screen the other one is still on it?” After a few quick tests we decided to allow screen changing only when both players exited the screen in the same direction. In the end this allowed us to create some pretty cool new puzzles for the game!


We also decided to make the characters pint-sized and called them the Budgie commandos (a parakeet is called a “Budgie” in the world of Rocketbirds). When stacked, the Budgie on top becomes the turret (Master-Blaster style), able to piggy-back along while the Budgie on the bottom handles all the running and positioning. When stacked, the Budgie team can reach higher places, which also paves the way for some interesting new combat strategies.

The co-op mechanics worked so well that we ended up creating entirely new puzzles, crazy battles, and a separate back-story just for this 10-chapter mode. In the co-op mode, the General’s daughter has been bird-napped and held ransom by those sneaky, totalitarian Penguins. The dirty half-dozen Budgie commandos have been dispatched into Albatropolis to “find her and bring her back (dramatic pause) alive”.

We’re bringing Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken exclusively to PSN in the US on October 18th. We’ll be back soon with more!

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Permafry_42 said:

October 10th, 1:18 pm

It’s off the posts topic, but since playstation blog hasn’t announced it yet it’s on the topic of playstation blog… Anyways JAK AND DAXTER HD COLLECTION WAS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED BY NAUGHTY DOG!!!

BreavmanKnows said:

October 10th, 1:19 pm

Awesome Names

luisfqv21 said:

October 10th, 1:25 pm

How much does this game is going to cost $9.99, $15.99 or what??????

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 7:01 am

    Ah, finally – the red stuff works!
    It’ll be US$11.99 (Euros 8.99) – and we’re taking part in PS Plus!

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

October 10th, 1:27 pm


ModernYorkster said:

October 10th, 1:31 pm

I’ll definitely be purchasing Rocketbirds. Great concept.

Joyce139 said:

October 10th, 1:43 pm

I cant w8! I jus hope its a full game & not a mini

kaa_BOOmmmMMm said:

October 10th, 1:58 pm

looks good but I promised all my money to Batman.

Shinmigami said:

October 10th, 2:00 pm

Here is hoping for a discount for plus members.

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 7:12 am

    Yes, first week – Plus members get discount.

stlthriot said:

October 10th, 2:01 pm

So, the co-op levels and story are different than if you play the single player game?

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 7:15 am

    Both SP and Co-Op campaigns play out in Albatropolis, but the story and mission objectives and puzzles are different.

infamousXX87XX said:

October 10th, 2:06 pm

looks good

Exypher said:

October 10th, 2:09 pm

Sideway: New York tomorrow, Rocketbirds next week, I love PSN.

Mega-Sackman said:

October 10th, 2:23 pm

Count me in for this!! i can say Coq very well!!!!

Motherboop said:

October 10th, 2:30 pm

This game has a platinum!

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 7:15 am

    Good luck gettin’it…. heheh….

dacuad said:

October 10th, 2:38 pm

great! it has couch co-op!! sometimes the companies forget that we have real friends

burningwind said:

October 10th, 2:44 pm

What would PETA say? Haha.

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 11:05 am

    Let’s fight for the rights of oppressed chickens and budgies!

tylerh1701 said:

October 10th, 2:46 pm

Albatropolis and Coq of War! Excellent names!

@8 There will be a 20% discount for PS+

Cyb3rfr34k-iso said:

October 10th, 2:53 pm

wait, no coop online…?
that makes NO SENSE!

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:14 am

    Hmmm… Lemme try and explain… Here goes:

    We really wanted to build on the cinematic platforming genre – these are games such as the Original Prince of Persia series, Flashback, Blackthorne, the original Oddworld series (to name a few). Unfortunately, the genre and some of the cool advantages they had have become a bit lost in today’s games. One of their strengths was their single screen exploratory nature. They are sadistically addictive because of this.

    Those games were also single player games, so we wanted to experiment with how two people could explore our world using a single screen and explore it screen-by-screen to stay true to the genre… we came up with some pretty nifty puzzles and I think it worked out really well!

FR0STYdaD0P3MANN said:

October 10th, 2:58 pm

im sorry but this sh** looks whackk !!!! no buy for me, not my type of game…

Psicocrusher said:

October 10th, 3:06 pm

I’ll be purchasing Rocketbirds! This game is making me crazy!

FORMIK said:

October 10th, 3:18 pm

I wonder if there was any consideration for friendly fire? This looks cool.

Rated M by the Vegan Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

QuantumMercury said:

October 10th, 3:24 pm

I am buying this because it has a platinum trophy. That’s right.

Cedge410 said:

October 10th, 3:37 pm

Free for plus :o) Tht would be sweet

FourUp2358 said:

October 10th, 3:50 pm


MrMondayNighttt said:

October 10th, 3:51 pm

How About ONLINE COOP MODE!!!! Come on its 2011 Give us the convenience of Online COOP play with our friends Please!!

wolfzero1 said:

October 10th, 4:05 pm

looks pretty good, definite day one purchase


October 10th, 4:30 pm

Online co op? Please be online.

MadMeat001 said:

October 10th, 5:52 pm

aah this is gonna be so fun, adult-swim style game about shooting chicken in a 2D side scroller game this generation rocks

WoundedUnderwear said:

October 10th, 6:51 pm

Hope there’s a demo. Look okay, nothing special.

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:19 am

    There will be a demo and it will contain both Single Player and Co-op mode for people to try.

Velkrio said:

October 10th, 7:05 pm

i also like games like this even though i’m a hardcore mw2 shooter type lol… day 1 for me 2, well if payday still haven’t launch till then…

D-Squad3 said:

October 10th, 7:08 pm

How much?

WFMMK said:

October 10th, 8:26 pm

Just release it already! I wish to pay and play now!

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:22 am

    We can’t wait to launch this. It’s been hard work and I think I can see some light at the end of the tunnel…

    Right now working on the launch trailer – anything in particular any of you’d like to see? Heheh… I still have a day to include it :-)

KidNT9 said:

October 10th, 9:20 pm

This game looks pretty sweet, I’m hoping for a demo to try out before I buy it (which I just might just do instead lol). I’m loving the Only On PSN program, already caught my eye on some great games. Now I’m looking forward to getting SideWay: New York and InFamous 2: Festival of Blood. Keep it up Sony!

Fenrisulfr_ said:

October 10th, 10:50 pm

Looks like Rush’N Attack but with chickens…

that-acmilan-guy said:

October 11th, 5:04 am

I was sold the moment I had the first glimpse of the trailer long time ago. The game looks amazing, love the art. Also I love chicken and I hate those annoying penguins!

Something tells me if I try to hard boil Mr. Hard Bboiled here, I am the one who will end up in the pan :(

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 8:51 am

    Hahah… Hardboiled’s so tough, he’d probably thank you for drawing his bath!

StackedPancakes said:

October 11th, 9:39 am

any type of co-op should have an option of online capability. “cool advantages” or not.
i do want this game, but the offline co-op is a big disappointment.
I’m looking at you ‘Dead Block’.
and congrats on including a platinum.

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 10:56 am

    We had fun thinkin’ up the trophies – hope you’ll enjoy collecting them!

mgsnull617 said:

October 11th, 9:42 am

Rocketbirds verse Shank2 whose gonna win?

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 10:48 am

    Let me ask you this – Which one survived being boiled as a fetus?

kabirdsall14 said:

October 11th, 12:55 pm

Sian, Since you now have dealt with chickens and stuff,
Which came first. Egg or Chicken?

renssen said:

October 11th, 2:31 pm

Whats the name of the song used in the trailer? Is there a link somewhere on it where you can find it at all?

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    Sian Yue Tan said:

    October 11th, 4:57 pm

    It’s called “Stars & Snakes” – also by New World Revolution


October 11th, 3:23 pm

Your game looks tight, I really want to support your game. But I need online co op. So no buy for me.


October 11th, 10:01 pm

People that are crying about on-line co-op really need to grow up, and better yet try to find a friend!

mgsnull617 said:

October 12th, 8:58 am

I support you and your crew……Coming from someone who creates platform games……good job and best of luck

renssen said:

October 12th, 1:27 pm

Sian I hate to bother you more about this, but do you know perhaps where I can find that song on the web? I have checked alot of sites but i couldn´t find it. Thanks

Go_Buddie_Go said:

October 15th, 12:47 am

I really like the art style and animation for the characters especially when they piggyback each other, I find it oddly cute xD Imma make my room mates play this game with me! Hope to see more Rocketbirds titles in the future?

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