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Indie Hit Spelunky Comes to PSN This Summer

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Indie Hit Spelunky Comes to PSN This Summer

Spelunky on PSN

Oh man, this is exciting! It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the upcoming arrival of Spelunky on PS3 and PS Vita. I know that we’re not the first indie title to be announced this year for these platforms, but the Spelunky team is happy to be part of this wave of indie goodness.

If you’ve never heard of Spelunky, it’s a platformer with randomly-generated levels, making each playthrough a unique experience. The game is hard, but it’s rarely unfair, and when you die it’s usually in a hilarious way that involves some kind of ridiculous chain reaction. The difficulty and the randomization work together to give determined players a very rewarding experience – it’s common for people to persevere through thousands of deaths to beat Spelunky and uncover its most notorious treasure and secrets.

Spelunky on PSN

I think this quote from one of the 2012 Independent Games Festival judges captures the spirit of the game well:

“Spelunky looks like a game of execution, but it’s really a game about information and decision-making. How good are you at looking at a situation and understanding what it means? You can’t memorize, and you can’t take time to carefully analyze, you must rely on your literacy of the system, and this is a kind of holistic knowledge that feels great in my brain, a wonderful new flavor for a single-player game, and a deeply promising direction for further exploration.”

Spelunky had the honor of winning IGF’s Excellence in Design Award that year, as well as a number of Game of the Year awards (including Gamespot’s Platformer of the Year).

I’m particularly thrilled for Spelunky to be coming to PS Vita. Given that runs of Spelunky generally last anywhere from a few seconds to a half an hour, I think it’s the perfect game for a portable system. We’re going to work closely with the team porting the game to make sure that it makes good use of PS Vita’s capabilities and lives up to the expectations set by that statement.

When I designed Spelunky, I wanted to give people a dense, rewarding experience that wouldn’t condescend them or get old. We can’t wait to bring that experience to you guys and gals on PS3 and PS Vita. See you there soon!

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  • Wow! Didn’t expect to see this coming to PS Vita any time soon! That’s great! I really enjoyed Spelunker HD, and if this game is anything like that, then I’d be more than happy to pick it up.

  • Blood_Emblem

    Having Spelunky on a handheld is just too awesome.

  • nikornflakes

    such steady announcement of indie games to my beloved vita!! I love indie games but they don’t have playtime on my pc/ps3. but on a handheld!? consider my life destroyed!!

  • Awesome surprise. Can you confirm any crossplay/buy features?

  • Will it be crossplay? If it is it’ll push me even farther towards wanting a vita!!!!!!!!!!

  • This game always made me jealous of XBLA. It looks super fun and addicting. Will definitely pick it up.

  • Congrats, Derek! PS3 and Vita owners are in for a treat. Spelunky was one of the best titles of 2012 on XBLA, and I will go far as to say on any gaming platform. Will Spelunky be a cross-buy title? Also who’s porting the game over for you.

    Best of luck! And people buy this awesome game when it comes out.

  • Spelunky on the Vita just sounds TOO good. An easy day 1 purchase right there, my friend.

  • YAY! PS for the win! :)

  • Looking forward to the Vita version!!!!

  • Loving the recent overflow of indie games heading to the Vita. I’m proud to own one, and I have faith in Sony’s ability to make it stand out.

  • BreavmanKnows

    Put me down for a copy.

  • Nearly forgot. Mark of the Ninja HAS to be added to those PS3/PSV indie titles soon. Please?

  • I’m kinda intrigued for this game must get more info.

  • YES! This is great! I love how a lot of Indies are being released/planned to be released on the Vita, keep them coming.

  • nobodies-hero

    Super stoked for this. Will be amazing on Vita. Been playing the freeware OSX port for a while now. Just great.

  • I’ve seen some videos of this game and it looks like a lot of fun. I really hope it’s cross-buy I’m not sure if I’d rather have it for the Vita or PS3. Regardless I’ll be buying it day 1. Thanks for bringing it to PlayStation.

  • Great news! I played a little bit of this last year at my brother’s house, on his XBOX.
    Will pick this up on PSN, for sure.

  • I am so stoked! I will probably get this for the Vita day one, if there are PS+ discounts to sweeten the deal :)

  • Awesome.

  • Vita? Nice!

  • TheSporkWithin

    This is gonna be a day-one purchase for me on Vita. So glad this is finally unchained from Microsoft.

  • Been waiting for this on to show up on PC (I figured that was its next stop), but Vita… that’s even better! Sold!

  • Hooligantuan

    Maybe that will scratch the itch that Spelunker HD totally failed to reach. The play control of that game is horrible.

    I’ll keep an eye on how Spelunky works out.

  • GhostMachine1

    This is cool. What took it so long?

  • PrinceofXIII

    can we have La Mulana as well!!!

  • Day one for vita!!

    If nick is reading this please get:
    Bastion or Transistor on PSN!!
    (Preferably vita)

  • Derek

    I bought this for -another system- and it is very challenging and quite fun. I’m looking forward to digging into it further.

    Any word on Aquaria coming to a console? I’d like to see it on PS3, or -another system-, or -a different company-‘s new -another system-!

  • Spelunky HD comes to Vita. Vita hardware units skyrocket from people buying new one after throwing their old one against the wall trying to 100% the game.

    Summer going to be a long wait, game is a fantastic fit.

  • Definitely going to be buying this…. We need more platformers for PS3.

  • PrimeroIncognito

    @ hooligantuan

    Nah dude, you just suck at it.

    Spelunker HD is awesome.

  • I like the fact that this game was first made with Game Maker. You can get the original version for free on the website, it’s even open-source. A vita version is kinda cool too :)

  • Haleksander

    Oh man… I almost can’t believe this :D All the indielove the Vita’s been getting recently is just too good to be true!!

    (If Meat Boy shows up on that OLED, I’m gonna supernova…

  • WOW this is awesome! i cant wait!

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