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Secret Ponchos Gets New Characters, Free Maps on 2/17

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Hello outlaws! The team here at Switchblade Monkeys is thrilled to announce The Hunting Ground, our first major content drop for Secret Ponchos coming to your PS4 February 17th, 2015. Our goal is to keep the game evolving and growing over time, so it keeps getting better and better.

Secret Ponchos: Wolf vs. Gordo

What’s in this expansion?

A lot! With The Hunting Ground update we aimed to make sure we provide content for everyone: those who want to support us in expanding the game by purchasing some DLC, and our players who just love Secret Ponchos and want free new content.

New Content

We learned a lot from community feedback since the PS+ launch of our game, and we’ve been working hard on many improvements. Being a tiny indie team, we aimed to putout a game that’s fun and deep, but to do that it would have to start small. One of the things we heard the most is “more content”, so we took that to heart and here it is! Included are 2 new maps – for FREE. Additionally, our artists wanted to show a gesture of appreciation for our community, and have built a custom exclusive unlockable skin as a special reward for our community as a thank you for supporting us and playing the game. In addition to the free content, for those who want to support us there will be 2 new Purchasable playable Outlaws that make their debut!


We’ve been listening and working very closely with the community in our Secret Ponchos forums, and we’ve implemented many tuning/balancing improvements. We’ve also learned that we needed stronger support for new players, so we’ve started implementing improvements such as creating a basic in-game tutorial to get new players started and moving Practice mode (with the outlaw move-sheets) to be front and center.

“Hunting Ground” – 2 New Maps Included

Everyone will get two free maps, increasing our total level count to six. Creatively we tried to push these maps to offer new dynamics to the Secret Ponchos environments.


Secret Ponchos: Plaza
A classic, battle-torn Spaghetti Western Mexican-style plaza. This is a smaller map, resulting in high-tension combat. Players can battle outside or take fights into smaller buildings. Teams can break off and regroup, and the interiors loop around back to the central open area.

The Mines

Secret Ponchos: Mines
The Mines provide a vastly different experience from Secret Ponchos’ other levels. They combine confined narrow tunnels with an open area, creating a multitude of player opportunities for tactical battles.

New Outlaws!

We are proud to introduce two new purchasable DLC Outlaws in “The Hunting Ground”: Gordo & The Wolf. Following our tradition of ensuring each Outlaw plays as different as they look, these two with their unique mechanics expand our diverse cast from 5 to 7. The new Outlaws are available for purchase, and our goal is to use DLC proceeds to fund development of more content moving forward. These in-game purchases are the best way for the community to support the games growth. And for those reluctant to make purchases, these Outlaws will still add a lot of fun to the game for you because you’ll have a richer variety of enemies and teammates.

Secret Ponchos: Gordo
Gordo’s development was put on hold last year as we switched the game Engines, and we’re super happy to have him back because he is just an insane archetype.

Secret Ponchos: Gordo

A vile and vicious bandit, Gordo makes his way to claim Lonetree. Armed with a high-powered Gatling, Gordo is able to cut his enemies down from a distance. Gordo also comes to battle with a Molotov, and can block off parts of the map by leaving huge splashes of persistent flames, and he can even pour a trail of fire behind him to further control the environment.

The Wolf
Secret Ponchos: The Wolf
The Wolf was a lot of fun to work on. We wanted to make her feel focused and deadly. It was a lot of fun to figure out how to build archery mechanics into Secret Ponchos, and her wolf stance animations especially were so much fun to work on.

Secret Ponchos: The Wolf

The Wolf is a deadly predator rumored to prowl near the town of Lonetree. Hunting enemies, she deals devastating critical hits as her arrows pierce her enemies. She can switch to “Wolf Stance” moving with great agility to pounce, tackling enemies for the kill with a bone knife. The Wolf is awesome for a technical player, who can take advantage of skill shots with her bow and land critical hits.

Thank you everyone for being part of our Secret Ponchos community, and helping us grow the game from its infancy stages. It’s been a crazy experience for an indie team to launch a game into the competitive multiplayer space, and we really hope to continue improving and growing the game. Stay tuned as Feb 17 “The Hunting Ground” debuts exclusively on PS4. As we get closer we will announce more about our Secret Ponchos contest for our Generation 1 users, and more info on the new content.

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I_am_rushin said:

February 6th, 9:06 am

Thanks for giving maps for free and not splitting the community.

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:20 am

    No problem I_am_rushin, we’re happy to do so, especially because as you said giving the maps to everyone would allow everyone to play together without any subdivision, it seemed the stronger choice

Tomoprime said:

February 6th, 9:08 am

Vote for:
Single player campaign

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:29 am

    ! AI outlaws is something on our road map! We’ve started some development,and it opens up a lot of fun opportunities for new modes down the road. Thank you for supporting the game, our goal is that with everyones support for the growth of the game, we can continue growing and expanding the game, and AI can make its debut in one of these announcements down the road.

XwingVmanX said:

February 6th, 9:18 am

Are the new characters already available to purchase or will they be released with the new maps? Also good job on not splitting up the community by making the maps free!

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:24 am

    Hi Xwing,

    New characters will be available for purchase once the patch launches, Feb 17 ! The Dev team will be doing a twitch stream tomorrow at at 10:30 am PST, and showing some of the new content and answering any questions too, you should tune in!

Bellalara said:

February 6th, 9:21 am

2 free maps? Awesome :D Can’t wait to play this game!

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:53 am

    Let us know what you think, we hope you like it! After the patch comes out there will be a simple tutorial for new players too :)

SarshelYam said:

February 6th, 9:29 am

I am going to be all over The Wolf. What a beautifully designed character. The mechanics behind her sound fascinating…probably difficult for beginners, but deadly when mastered?

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:46 am

    The Wolf was so fun to work on. I do the animations for the game, and she was my favorite character to animate so far! When she switches to her secondary, everything she does, and the way she acts is about being a wolf. The way Jose designed the character in that sketch we posted inspired a lot of how she was animated. Gameplay mechanics you are spot on, she’s about skill shots and player technique, but it feels really cool when you get good with her

    Join our twitch stream Saturday Morning and let us know what you think of the new characters!

Amnalehu said:

February 6th, 9:33 am

Thanks for the additions! Everyone that plays this game should buy the DLC.

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:49 am

    Thank you for the support. That would be amazing!

axl4002 said:

February 6th, 9:33 am

This is kind of ridiculous considering how the PC version has been forgotten. I like the game, and would like to see that version updated as well please.

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 9:41 am

    You got it, its our promise

Dollparts99 said:

February 6th, 10:09 am

The Maps look so wonderfull and the Chars first so pumped to try them out <3 !

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 10:21 am

    There is a special surprise in this Patch for Phantom Poncho players too :)

MirageNin said:

February 6th, 10:22 am

How much are the new characters? looking forward to wolf depending on how much she costs. She’s very beautiful :)

OnTheBus666 said:

February 6th, 10:25 am

Ok so now I get to wreck shop as a mononoke clone? I’m in!

aLionNamedKing said:

February 6th, 10:46 am

The 17th can’t get here soon enough! Can’t wait to see who your preview in tomorrow SP stream on Twitch!!!

aLionNamedKing said:

February 6th, 10:51 am

+ Yousuf Mapara on February 6th, 2015 at 10:21 am said:
There is a special surprise in this Patch for Phantom Poncho players too :)

Woah woah woah. what’s the surprise???!!!!

zabari39z said:

February 6th, 10:55 am

Simple premise, layers of depth, cool art style. Thats the formula to my favorite games like Monday Night Combat and Awesomenauts. Ponchos looks to have that in spades. Love the continued support. Make every new character special, keep it tight. Wolf looks so cool.

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 11:18 am

    Hi Zabari39z,

    Thanks so much, in our testing its so crazy how many layers even one new character creates. We’re very excited about this patch

Conrad_Max said:

February 6th, 11:06 am

I love this game. I’m looking forward to the new maps and facing off against the new characters. I hoping more people will become regulars on the game.

I hope you are keeping an eye in your Suggestion Box on the forum. I guess we can cancel out my mine idea? Hahahaha! I added another suggestion.

Thank you for bringing going us Secret Ponchos. By the way, what’s so secret about the ponchos?

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 11:24 am

    Hi Conrad_Max,

    We love suggestions! The Dev team use our forums all the time! If anyone ever needs to chat with the devs directly for suggestions or feedback our forums are the best way, we check it all the time :)

BlazenAce said:

February 6th, 11:21 am

i can’t wait to try the new outlaws out.

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Sid Shuman said:

February 6th, 11:30 am

Hook it directly to my vein

MarcusSoul said:

February 6th, 11:42 am

Hey Yousuf, can’t wait to pick these characters up. From the looks of it it will be a smooth transition for Killer mains. I have a question though – will you guys talk about the balance updates coming tomorrow on the stream or make a post on the forum?

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 12:07 pm

    Yep we can talk also about the Balance updates on the Stream tomorrow, make sure you join in

honkayjeezus said:

February 6th, 11:50 am

Unless you finished the game and put a singleplayer in, I don’t really care.

dc_joshb said:

February 6th, 11:53 am

This is awesome, automatic buy in my book! Excited for the new maps, and can’t wait to kill it with the Wolf!

pascofats said:

February 6th, 12:08 pm

This is exciting news. I love the game and hope everyone who didn’t give it enough of a chance in December come back and gets hooked. You guys made an awesome game. Your guys commitment, love and pride in the game really shows through every accept. This game is legit.

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    Yousuf Mapara said:

    February 6th, 12:16 pm

    Thanks so much Pascofats

    * Sheds tear

Xbox1_Sign_Out said:

February 6th, 12:37 pm

Very exited, so glad to be a part of this incredible community.

Sharingan_itachi said:

February 6th, 12:39 pm

waitin for vita version.

Payha said:

February 6th, 12:43 pm

When I make a Wolf, I’m naming her Mononoke.

ZichiroARG said:

February 6th, 2:00 pm

Niiiiice thanks guys! I’ve been hooked up with Secret Ponchos since I bought my PS4 last week. I can’t stop playing it. New maps will be awesome. Can’t wait to try the new chars.

Too_Casual said:

February 6th, 2:10 pm

If you enjoy multiplayer in any way, shape, or form, you owe it to yourself to snag this game, it’s addicting. With new content on the way, you have no reason not to.

Looking forward to it.

Slizarus said:

February 6th, 4:07 pm

Thank you :) I’m with the above, I would like to see more love for the PC version :)
I should definitely spend more time with this game, it does have enjoyable mechanics, looking forward to bots!


February 6th, 5:56 pm

I can’t wait to play the new outlaws. Thank you for making them so awesome looking. Everyone needs to play ths game. It’s seriously a lot of fun.

IIL0YDII said:

February 6th, 7:22 pm

Have your plans on Vita version changed? Was it approved or cancelled? Any decision made?

Harlequiine said:

February 6th, 7:37 pm

Awesome news! Super excited, more content for this game = more of my time gone!

Superstone said:

February 6th, 8:47 pm

This would be a great Vita title

Soulwind613 said:

February 7th, 8:29 am

Would also love to get this running on the Vita!


Grexotic said:

February 7th, 3:12 pm

Thank you!

Traumadore said:

February 8th, 1:28 pm

I really enjoyed playing couch co-op against randoms. It’s unfair, sure, but that’s part of the fun! The only reason I stopped playing this regularly is because it took longer to find a match than it did to play one out. Has that been improved at all?

Steener said:

February 8th, 3:49 pm

Favorite game on PS4 for the past 2 months. This new content looks amazing and will only make the game better.
The match making has improved greatly and this new content supposedly comes with tons of fixes to improve the game.
Can’t wait to play as The Wolf.

xClayMeow said:

February 8th, 4:30 pm

Free DLC is always cool, but I came here looking for news on a Vita version…and sadly see nothing :(

FI_lCKalice said:

February 8th, 4:52 pm

I enjoyed this game when i first bought it, but whatever matchmaking issues it has make it so i can’t even play. The art is amazing.

zekececil14 said:

February 9th, 7:09 am

When I first started playing the game, the matchmaking and lag was game-breaking. I could get in some fun matches an I really enjoyed myself, but I could not continue playing out of the frustration of these issues.

I have not played sense then, but have any issues been fixed? It’s a game I would like to return to when I know it is fixed.

Ocelot476 said:

February 11th, 9:41 am



February 16th, 1:52 pm

How much should we expect the new characters to cost?

SlickRich86 said:

February 17th, 10:51 am

Wherezz the maps and charcters dying 4 them lol


February 17th, 8:07 pm

I dont see the update i want to play with wolf my favorite animal plus a native character what do i do

batman8765 said:

February 18th, 2:55 pm

Has there been a delay on the dlc’s release ?

Rep956 said:

February 20th, 8:57 am

Gotta have that DLC!

DodsworthGame said:

February 21st, 8:29 am

It’s the 21st of February and there is still no new update or DLC. Did the DLC get delayed or something?

Rep956 said:

February 25th, 8:03 pm

I dont know if its just me, but it keeps freezing after matches since the dlc

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