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Awesomenauts Blasts Off On PSN In May, Free for PS Plus

Robin Meijer's Avatar Posted by Producer, Ronimo Games

Ronimo Games here with some big news: Our upcoming PS3 game Awesomenauts will blast onto PlayStation Store this May 1st…and it will be the PlayStation Plus game of the month! PlayStation Plus subscribers can grab it through the month of May at no extra charge!

Imagine Eighties Saturday morning cartoons and platforming shooters made sweet love. Awesomenauts is what their love-baby would look like! Awesomenauts is an online, class-based side-scrolling shooter that blends intense platforming combat with lethal skills and strategic team-play to produce a unique DOTA-like competitive experience. Matches are played out online or offline in 3 vs 3 and you’ll coordinate attacks with your buddies and gather Solar to unlock and upgrade your weapons. You’ll ultimately strive to outsmart enemy players, pushing your way through turrets and waves of droids to destroy the enemy base.

You’ll be able to play as several unique Awesomenauts: Clunk, a giant rocket-launching, self-destructing robot; Yuri, a jetpack-rocking, mine-throwing, bad-mannered monkey; and Froggy G, a watery breakdancer who dazzles his opponents. Each character fulfills a unique role within a team, and their abilities can be customized with many upgrades as you storm the online arena!

Awesomenauts for PS3 (PSN)

Life as an Awesomenaut is best enjoyed with friends, so we’ve included splitscreen play! In fact, you can play with up to three people on the same console and dominate online and offline matches as a team. We want as many people as possible playing Awesomenauts, and hope the game will have a large community. That’s why we’ve teamed up with PlayStation to make the game free for PlayStation Plus subscribers throughout May! And we’re preparing to support the game with new characters and items in the near future to make sure the game stays fresh.

Awesomenauts for PS3 (PSN)

In Awesomenauts you can always get straight into the action; the game has full drop-in support where humans can replace bots at any time during a match. Have friends come online while you’re already in a match? No problem, just send them an invite and they can drop into your game straight away. You’ll never have to wait in lobbies for a match to start!

We are really excited to test our mettle against you all online. There’s only a week to go until you can gear up and see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Awesomenaut. Hope to see you online! We’ll be playing for sure, so check out and to stay up to date on any playsessions we’ve got going on.

Use your power, show your might! Win the cosmic war, the Awesomenauts!

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Squiggle55 said:

April 24th, 10:16 am

thanks for teaming up with sony to make this free! I’m looking forward to trying it out.

gdogg666 said:

April 24th, 10:18 am

ummmm idk what to say bout this game lol tho i do love to give new games a try so ill def try this game out

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 10:23 am

    Happy to hear that :) Give it whirl – I’m sure you’ll have a good time!

DragonRay said:

April 24th, 10:26 am

this looks kind of fun , will there be a demo ?
I’d like to try it out before buying , unless the price is too good to pass up , so price please ?. Was thinking of getting three months plus subscription so maybe this game will be the deciding factor , free is always good and a free full game trial is always going to beat a demo anyway .

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 10:31 am

    There will be a demo available that allows you to play online for 30 minutes. All features are available in the demo, so you can even go online in splitscreen mode! The 30 minutes should be enough for you to get in 2 or 3 matches.

    The game will be available for $9.99 to non-subscribers.

rjejr said:

April 24th, 10:28 am

That is one seriously awesome video. And that’s not just a pun, it’s the truth, it made my day as well (being a PS+ member and all.)

Quick question – does this need to be played online? I have 3 people on my couch playing all the time but we’re not allowed online (so says my wife, their mom).

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 10:33 am

    Glad you liked it! (Comments like these make my day)

    You can play offline against bots if you wish, even in split screen :)

Elvick_ said:

April 24th, 10:36 am

I’m really, really looking forward to this. Been following the game for a long while now, and for it to be free on my preferred platform is just so awesome. I feel almost bad not paying for it. D;

I hope this gets a lot of people into the game that otherwise wouldn’t have tried it, because it looks fantastic. :D

luvtoseek said:

April 24th, 10:42 am

Looks fun. If I enjoy it, I’ll def. consider any future projects from you!

luvtoseek said:

April 24th, 10:43 am

Hi Robin, any thoughts on DLC?

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 10:47 am

    Hi Luvtoseek, we definitely want to keep expanding the game by adding more characters over time. We already have two new characters in the works and loads of ideas for more to add after those!

DragonRay said:

April 24th, 10:48 am

Ok , $10 is cheap for a fun game so if after 30 minutes it’s fun it’ll be bought and payed for . , 30 minutes free play was more than enough for battlefield 1943 , especialy sionce I can try it on two accounts so have a full hour to try it out
hope it’ll be supported with dlc too , extra modes ? more characters ? more weapons ? all would be nice to add later .

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 11:00 am

    We’re aiming to add more characters over time, but don’t have any plans to add more gameplay modes at this time. We really want to avoid splitting the community between people who have access to certain content and those who do not, and adding new modes through DLC would make that an issue.

    However, we’re open to feedback from our community so if there seems to be a lot of demand for this it’s definitely something we will look into further.

saab01 said:

April 24th, 11:16 am

I cant wait to try this game out next week. Hopefully it will be fun like how it is portrayed in the video.

SKeRJ said:

April 24th, 11:16 am

2d Dota action, 80’s cartoon theme song, and amphibious breakdancing all = bought.

Hogwild333 said:

April 24th, 11:22 am

I admit that this game was not on my radar, but you have addressed any concerns I had. First, thank you for making it free to PS Plus members.

Second, thank you for confirming in your response to comment #4 that it is possible to play this game against bots. I don’t care for competitive MP games so this is perfect. Is there a way to adjust the difficulty level of the bots (i.e. easy to start out and make them harder once you get better at the game)?

Third, I really like your approach to adding new characters rather than adding DLC levels that splinter the userbase. I am often hesitant to buy DLC levels for online games because I know that I won’t be able to play them with all my friends.

Great job all around – I would be willing to pay money for this game if it wasn’t free for me. :)

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 24th, 11:31 am

    Hey Hogwild, there is no real way of adjusting the difficulty manually but the bots become more skillful and more powerful as your account levels up. They start off quite easy against first-time players, and will become quite brutal by the time you’ve become more experienced yourself.

    Making sure we don’t splinter the userbase has definitely been a priority for us: we know a multiplayer game is simply the most fun when there are lots of people online to you can play with!

DeathGazer said:

April 24th, 11:32 am

That trailer was badass! So glad it’s free for subscribers, the game looks like a blast.

wocyob said:

April 24th, 11:41 am

I loooove me some DOTA and always thought about how a DOTA type game would work a console and you seemed to have worked out that problem. Going 2d was a smart move and I look forward to giving this a go.

CAPNDigital said:

April 24th, 11:55 am

Looks like fun. Lovin’ the 80’s-style cartoon intro and rock theme – excellent… or should I say “Awesome”-nauts.

Is this strictly an online multiplayer game or is there an offline single/multiplayer split-screen campaign as well?

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 25th, 12:13 am

    Hi CAPNDigital, the heart and soul of the game lies in online multiplayer and there isn’t a separate offline campaign or anything. However, you can play offline against bots if you prefer (alone or in split-screen) to practice or simply to try out new characters or builds.

Budapesti said:

April 24th, 12:17 pm

PLEASE tell me that theme song is going to be in the game. It’s the best thing I’ve heard, ever.

CAPNDigital said:

April 24th, 12:21 pm

Just checked out the site.
Nice behind the scenes developer diaries and still loving that 80’s style Awesomenauts Theme!!!
Great work by Jeffrey Zuhdy on vocal stylings.

Craazy said:

April 24th, 12:55 pm

I played this in your little (way too far in the back corner….should have been out on the main floor) box at E3 last year……and LOVED it. Psyched to get it for free with plus!

FORMIK said:

April 24th, 12:58 pm

Best. Trailer. Ever. Looks like a great game!

namDa65 said:

April 24th, 1:03 pm

First off, i’d like to say wow. For the amount of money we are paying this is amazing.

Thank you.

However! The sales and specials are lacking recently compared to competing services. I want to throw more money at you psn and I would buy everything full price if I could, but if I can find it elsewhere for cheaper, the competing service gets my moolah.

GT-420 said:

April 24th, 1:32 pm

How does the gameplay compare to something like Crash Commando, another side scrolling multiplayer focused shooter?

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 25th, 12:21 am

    Hi GT-420, I think Crash Commando is mainly focused on Deathmatch-type gamemodes, where Awesomenauts is more objective-oriented. Your primary mission is always to destroy the enemy base, and while killing other players will put you and your team ahead, just doing that will not win you the match.

blakseed said:

April 24th, 1:34 pm

lol Thanks for this. Looks..awesome.

AizawaYuuichi said:

April 24th, 1:45 pm

Robin Meijer on April 24th, 2012 at 11:31 am said:

“Hey Hogwild, there is no real way of adjusting the difficulty manually but the bots become more skillful and more powerful as your account levels up. They start off quite easy against first-time players, and will become quite brutal by the time you’ve become more experienced yourself.”

Please, for the love of all that is fluffy and cuddly, fix this. This is why Brink died so fast. A specified number of players with bots in place if there aren’t enough live players. And with insane difficulty to boost, with no way to adjust, that keeps ramping up as you level. Some people want to play games and JUST HAVE FUN, not “be challenged” for having fun over a longer period of time. If this becomes a problem, I’ll be glad I got it for free. As it is, I’ll still give it a chance, but this will be a deal-breaker on future DLC purchases.

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 25th, 12:32 am

    Hey AizawaYuuichi, we aimed to let bots compete on a fair level for most experienced players. They won’t have super-human accuracy or deal more damage than regular players, but they usually do make short work of players who over-extend or are careless. The difficulty stops increasing when your account reaches the half-way mark of the total progression and we’ll be keeping an eye on how the bots match up against players as time progresses. If we think they are in need of a buff or a nerf we’ll fix that.

    Please let us know if you have any concerns with this after launch!

DrkrZen said:

April 24th, 1:55 pm

Pleeeease tell me these games will go on sale for us non-subscribers! I won’t be able to re-subscribe for a few months, but I’ve been waiting on a sale for TRINE 2 (absolutely loved the first game). Not that $14.99 isn’t worth it for Frostbyte quality gaming… but every buck saved is one put toward another game, y’know? :)

r-nice said:

April 24th, 5:09 pm

Alright, where can I get that song?


April 24th, 6:41 pm

A side scrolling, platforming moba game??? Thats so simple yet so AWESOME. You guys said new characters as dlc? Great idea, maybe some free, ala LOL? New abilites or weapons would be great too for future updates. This looks good, can’t wait to try it out. Go big on this one guys.


April 24th, 6:43 pm

Also, maybe having an update to make it 4 v 4 in the future?

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 25th, 12:53 am

    No plans to have 4 vs. 4 games for now, as we found that 3 vs. 3 is right at the sweet spot between exciting combat and having too many things happen at once.

Cross-Legacy said:

April 24th, 7:19 pm

Wow! That theme song alone made me want to try this. Even more so now that its free for PS+.

KingTygerVII said:

April 24th, 9:22 pm

Dont take this the wrong way but the song was stupid BUT it was awesome at the same time hahha, made me laugh and made me feel like i was watching the original POWER rangers again hahaha, looks like fun and since its free, i wil definitely play it, but i ask, will there be customization? Like coloring the characters so they dont look the same and stuff, and I will pick Froggy G first, frogs, dont like to touch them but hell, they look to cool!. hahhaah

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    Robin Meijer said:

    April 25th, 1:01 am

    There aren’t any cosmetic changes to the characters themselves (your character is either always Red of Blue), but you can customize the upgrades you have available to each character in the store. Some of these change the visual effects of your weapon and abilities as well, like some of Clunk’s upgrades that make him shoot different missiles in a sequence (getting bigger every time), or upgrades for Voltar’s drones that make them bigger, shinier, faster, and more lethal.

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April 24th, 11:29 pm


N9nE-9 said:

April 25th, 12:06 am

this games looks pretty damn fun, man I’m glad I grabbed a year of PS+, everyone really should. Makes me wonder how others can charge monthly fees and not throw some free games your way and we’re not talking weak games either, Far Cry 2 was free in February, Sly Cooper in March and Shank 2 and Shift 2 this month say what ya want, but Sony is pretty good when it comes to rewarding its fans.

t0mmyb0iii said:

April 25th, 4:02 am

Nice. Can’t wait to try this out.

AizawaYuuichi said:

April 25th, 12:44 pm

Hey, Robin, thanks for your reply about the bots. That info definitely makes me feel better about this. Looking forward to checking it out now. :)

ChaoticRage said:

April 25th, 3:11 pm

This looks like it will be great. Great song in the trailer too.

madribar said:

April 25th, 3:21 pm

Today I am afraid to buy games on the Playstation Store.

You never know if the game will come for free next month! Trine 2? OMG! Thanks for the info!

OnEdge_RPGs said:

April 25th, 6:06 pm

Look to much like Megaman games, which i hate to say, I don’t like much. But since its free for Plus user, I will give it a try. Maybe it I will end up liking it a lot.

odd69 said:

April 26th, 10:35 am

Thank you guys this will be the first game i buy in may, just loaded money in my account for this. I love 2D games like this

capice2003 said:

April 26th, 6:05 pm

Come on with it Ill pay extra for the ability to vote what actually releases like a poll vote….you guys should do it…..Put the power of the vote into the gamers that actually support the plus+……. LONG LIVE PLUS and PS for that matter..

jlcnodoubt said:

April 26th, 6:10 pm

we get the game a day early and Free……Geezuz Sony how do you do this

odd69 said:

April 27th, 4:53 am

@robin meijer

Adding DLC wouldnt be a problem if everyone was able to download it for free, Unreal did this and i was so pleased with free content. But anyway have some free and paid DLC, just have it balanced. Like Pay for full expansions and throw in free level/ costume packs to spice up a few months. It would be awesomsauce for sure.

Blandlytasteful said:

April 30th, 4:10 am

So, the publisher filing for insolvency (or bankruptcy, for us americans) isn’t going to cause a problem with this?

villaintine said:

April 30th, 10:59 am

Please don’t let the publisher’s filing for insolvency, affect the release of this game, it looks AWESOME! I love co-op/MP hybrids, and really wish there were more of them.

El_Pollo_CA said:

May 1st, 12:46 pm

@4 rjejr, I’m still laughing at that, Thanks for bringing a smile to someone in a similar situation although I am “allowed” online :). Cheers,, I’m looking forward to trying this game as well, looks fun.

Wulfjr said:

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Kurai-Riku said:

May 2nd, 3:13 am

I didn’t think I would like this game, from the videos I didn’t think I’d like the style. I downloaded it however because it was free and I was wrong, I really really like it, really addicting, its a great game. Thanks for making it :D

SpoonyBard said:

May 2nd, 6:50 pm

My boys (4 and 14) and I are enjoying this game quite a bit. My one complaint: We can’t seem to sign in under our own PSN names when we play together. This should be a must for all games of this type. We still have fun, but the XP we’re earning should go towards the person earning them.

kaka_campolongo said:

May 7th, 11:27 am

Good, game, I love Playstation Plus…
I’m very happy with the TRINE 2 for us subscribers this month, because I love trine 1, Trine 2 rules.

Please sony give us next month good rpg games pleasee, and more discoutns XD

See you later
LET’s play guys

modo_komodo said:

May 8th, 2:57 am

Downloaded this at the weekend. It is so addictive!

Now trying to create the best build load out and upgrade tactics. It’s pretty challenging. I clearly need to do some work because people seem capable of levelling up far faster than me.

BrownChiKaNo said:

May 11th, 9:34 pm

Can’t stop playing it!!

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