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Aug 14

The Curtain is Raised on Puppeteer, a New PS3 Adventure

Gavin Moore's Avatar Posted by Art Director, SCE Worldwide Studios

Hi guys. Let’s get the introductions out the way so can get right to the exciting stuff. My name is Gavin, and for the past nine years I have been living in Tokyo working for Sony’s Worldwide Studios.

Recently, I and a small — but incredibly talented — group of game makers have been hard at work on a new PlayStation 3 game called Puppeteer. I’m excited to be able to talk directly to you guys, the heart of PlayStation, and give you the heads-up on the game first.

Puppeteer for PS3

Puppeteer takes place in a magical puppet theatre, owned and run by the slightly eccentric but thoroughly charming Professor Gregorious T. Oswald. His latest production is the weirdly titled “The Perilous Journey of a Boy Named Kutaro.”

On one dark, moonlit night, the star of the show, a young boy named Kutaro, is carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle, where the unlucky lad is transformed into a puppet. Kutaro then displeases the terrible tyrant who duly devours the boy’s wooden head and casts away his body. But the headless hero is not alone, for he discovers a very special pair of magic scissors, which will help him on his harrowing quest to find his head — and his way home.

To show you what I mean, here’s a look at our announcement trailer and the first glimpse of Puppeteer:

Unlike most games where you move through the world, the world of Puppeteer actually moves around you, with all the action taking place on the same stage. The sets are continually moving and changing, taking you on an adventure with surprises in every scene. It’s packed full of weird and wild situations that we think you’re going to love.

I’m a big fan of old school platform gaming, which we feature in abundance here, but we’ve added a twist — Kutaro’s scissors give him the power to cut his way through this dynamic world. You’re going to have a blast slicing your way through Kutaro’s adventure, or taking out one of the game’s numerous bosses with a few deft cuts.

Puppeteer for PS3

That’s all I can share for now, but I’ll be back to keep you updated on what’s happening with Puppeteer in the near future. For now, I’ll leave you with a few words from the Professor himself…

“Prepare for an astonishing adventure full of mystery, danger and artistry meant to astound the eye and capture the human soul.”

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iiGeTMoNeY23 said:

August 14th, 11:43 pm

This game seems to be amazing! Amazing job and I respect you for making what seems to be a unique experience! Will this game have co-op or competitive multiplayer? it seems like it could be perfect for this game!

Release a PlayStation Vita version and do Cross Buy and Cross Controller! And if it has co-op or competitive do Cross Play as well. The whole PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita interactivity is perfection, exactly what Sony should be doing. If Sony makes Cross Buy a standard I will buy a PlayStation Vita right away!

If this game is awesome, priced right and not overpriced I will buy it!

lisatsunami said:

August 15th, 3:30 am

Did everyone also watch the panel discussion? That was awesome. I loved that awkward moment when Gavin & Shuhei disagreed over the concept of “artists.”. I always thought the “living treasures” of Japan were considered “artisans” rather than “craftsmen”, but there’s bound to be some confusion anyway since those are English words which they wouldn’t use in Japan, lol.

My prediction is that this will be made into a Vita port also but you know how those silly folks @ Sony like to treat games like they’re national secrets. So, be patient & have faith, padawans.

destroyaX said:

August 15th, 9:23 am

can’t help to notice that these game looks a bit like lbp, and yet has it’s own feel, none the less these games looks amazing, will there be any co-op?

Sparkz92 said:

August 15th, 9:38 am

Long Live Play indeed :)

ro-kurorai said:

August 15th, 10:26 am

Hi Gavin, thanks for the info. The game looks ace and I would love to see you writing on the blog more often. Working at SCEJ-Studio must be awesome, I really envy you.
Looking forward to the game, thanks for developing such awesome, fresh, new games that late in PS3 life cycle.

cosmis_chaos said:

August 15th, 12:40 pm

Gavin if you are reading these posts I have a suggestion for a levels and bosses in the game. First a gigantic forest where you use the scissors to cut your way through vines, trees and shrubs to get your way through while avoiding thorns,evil bulbs and poisonous flowers and at the end a giant Wicker Demon that you have to use your scissors to cut his tendrils to keep him from grabbing you and have to quickly cut his roots to destroy him and a place full of stitched cloth monsters and evil clothes creatures with a stitched up Frankenstein like boss at the end where you have to keep cutting his stitches to make him fall apart while his minions keep repairing him by sewing back his limbs and you have to stop them from doing it . And every time he loses a limb he does a different attack depending on what limbs he has left

rirruto8 said:

August 15th, 6:26 pm

I cannot wait to play this. Absolutely stunning and makes me want this game now. What is the official website for the game and any idea for a release date yet? Still early but possibly a qrtr for next year?

xXBlueMoonXx93 said:

August 15th, 9:16 pm

@Gavin Moore, it’s game developers like yourself (and your team) that give PlayStation such a good name with innovative games like Puppeteer. Kudos!

ImprisonedTitan said:

August 15th, 11:44 pm

Wow this is a full out PS3 game? It looks really unique, looking forward to it!


August 19th, 5:17 pm

this is the little big planet i was talking about! I am really interested in buying this game

darksiperX said:

August 23rd, 4:45 pm

you know this game look awesome day one purchase for me also is this coming for vita as well it would be awesome if it was part of the cross buy

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