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Introducing Loot Rascals, Coming to PS4 Early 2017

Ricky Haggett's Avatar Posted by Hollow Ponds

Hey folks! Ricky Haggett here. I was the founder of a videogame studio called Honeyslug, who made the PlayStation games Hohokum, Frobisher Says, and Super Exploding Zoo.

Now I’m back with a new studio called Hollow Ponds, and excited to tell you about what we’ve been working on ­a new game called Loot Rascals.

Loot Rascals: Logo

Loot Rascals is a tale of friendship, loss, and redemption in outer space. It’s a roguelike set on a hostile alien world, where you’ll play as the survivor of a rocket crash, trying to escape back to space.

The game has two main components: First off you’re exploring the planet, revealing its hexagonal surface, and fighting a menagerie of strange aliens, monsters and robots. Defeating them will win you Loot ­ a set of schematic cards from which you get all of your abilities.

Loot Rascals: HUD

Choosing which of these cards to keep and use to fend off hostiles requires strategic thinking ­ the second major aspect. As you build your character’s loadout and maximize abilities, you’ll need to decide which advantages you can do without, and convert those cards into the precious resources needed to heal up.

But I mentioned friendship, loss, and redemption before. What’s that all about?

Well, in this game, the enemies can loot you! And when that happens, the cards they steal are beamed up to the cloud and drop into someone else’s game. Whenever you defeat an Elite Baddie in Loot Rascals, you’ll get a card belonging to another player looted from them earlier by that baddie. The enemies only steal higher level cards, so it’ll be something you reeeeally want to keep. But you have a free choice ­ will you send it back to them, or keep it for yourself?

Loot Rascals: Network Explanation

Think carefully about the decision though, because there are consequences. You see, every player in Loot Rascals has a Holographic Agent: a computer controlled copy of themselves who can visit other people’s games. If you decide to hang on to another player’s card, you may find yourself faced with their angry Hologram, trying to kill and loot YOU. Or, if you did right by them, and sent back their card, perhaps their Hologram will turn up to help you for a while…

If you’re a fan of some of the other games I’ve worked on, you should be able to detect a similar sensibility, in terms of both humor and art. This time, we’re working with Swatpaz (Adventure Time, Cartoon Hangover) and Meowza (The Road Not Taken, Alphabear) on the visuals, along with an amazing soundtrack by Grandmaster Gareth from Misty’s Big Adventure (one of my favorite bands!)

Loot Rascals: Intro

Loot Rascals: Board 3Loot Rascals: Board 5

We’re aiming for release in early 2017, but planning on getting the game in people’s hands before that at a number of shows –­ first up at E3 in June.

Meanwhile, check out our trailer and visit the website at www.lootrascals.com, where you can find more info and sign up to receive more news about the game.

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Superstone said:

May 25th, 6:55 am

This would be great on the Vita

Trendy_Kid said:

May 25th, 8:02 am

I love how the stage pops up as you explore it.

Seventy5 said:

May 25th, 8:09 am

This looks neat, I’m always up for a hex game. Sure, why not, I will buy your game!

Fachewachewa said:

May 25th, 8:13 am

“Meowza (The Road Less Travelled, Alphabear)”

You mean “Road not Taken” :D ?

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    Ricky Haggett said:

    May 25th, 10:08 am

    hah whoops! Fixed – thanks for spotting it!

plingativator said:

May 25th, 12:59 pm

This just looks fun. And after how much I loved Hohokum I will definitely be picking this up.

sfbsfb said:

May 25th, 2:46 pm

Is the combat actually (rapidly) turn-based? That’s my guess, based on the hex grid and the exchanged blows in the video. Plus the enemies seem to move in sync.

I enjoyed the aesthetics of Hohokum, but the game mechanics didn’t sustain my interest. This seems potentially more compelling, with the gameplay loop of cards defining one’s abilities, gaining and losing cards, deciding whether to keep or give back cards earned, etc.

Amnalehu said:

May 25th, 7:25 pm

This game goes on my “must have” list!

plaztiksyke said:

May 26th, 1:38 pm

Hohokum is one of the best gaming experiences, from an audio-visual-gameplay perfect match perspective, on PlayStation. It’s right up there with PixelJunk Eden, in my book. Frobisher Says was a true delight on Vita — I hope it’s spiritual successor comes to PS VR and/or PS4+Move. (I finished Super Exploding Zoo, but the crashes on both Vita and PS4 put a dent in the overall fun factor of an otherwise good game.)

So, I’m ecstatic to see/hear about this. Will the audio be 24-bit FLAC on PS4? Will all the art assets be 1080p native? (one of the minor nits with Super Exploding Zoo was assets obviously made for half-resolution not looking great when scaled up)

Keep up the great work!

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