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Guacamelee! 2 Body-Slams PS4 Tomorrow

The long-awaited pollo-powered platformer sequel is finally here

David Rusak's Avatar Posted by Producer/Designer, DrinkBox Studios

Grab your spandex tights! The GOOD ones. You’re gonna need to get limber, because Guacamelee! 2 finally comes out tomorrow, with a 10% discount for PlayStation Plus members! We’re thrilled to debut the launch trailer here on the PS Blog. And beyond that, a little treat — we’ll give you a peek at our process for taking story scenes from idea to implementation with some before-and-after animations.

Guacamelee! 2

When creating each of the story moments in Guacamelee! 2, we start with the concept art / storyboards for the scene. Once we’re happy with the storyboards, we move on to a very rough mockup animation and review that as a group, making changes until we’re all satisfied. Finally, we make all of the art and animations needed for the scene and implement the story moment in-game.

We’ve gone through this process for dozens of scenes in Guacamelee! 2, and we thought it might be interesting to share a few examples with all of you!


As the game opens, you see a bit of Juan’s cozy home life after saving the world in the first Guacamelee! — just before getting interrupted by the next crisis. First we have concept lead Augusto’s storyboards:

Guacamelee! 2 storyboards

This moment formed the basis for the opening of our announcement trailer.
To plan out the actual in-game sequence, Augusto developed it further in Adobe Flash, working it into the real layout of Juan’s newly expanded house:

And our final treatment matches that pretty closely!


Things go south pretty quickly at the start of the game. This scene where Juan drops into a scary, alternate-reality version of his peaceful hometown ended up dramatically changed after the concept phase, but the core moment of meeting the game’s bosses was kept similar:

Guacamelee! 2 storyboards

(Spot the shot that became another moment in our announcement trailer!)

For many reasons, we instead ended up telling this scene as a flashback recounted by another character (for one, that heap of dead luchadors would have really cranked up our ESRB rating).


Guacamelee! 2 storyboards

This concept was a bit less fleshed out than the previous examples, but this “Super Secret Chicken League” definitely had charm. The idea eventually evolved into the “Chicken Illuminati”, an important yet mysterious group in Guacamelee! 2. Augusto polished this up in a Flash animation, showing Juan’s chicken form descending to meet them through a strange tunnel:

This is another one where the game matches the Flash mockup closely. We really wanted the reveal of this oddball secret chicken society to be both grand and ridiculous.

Hope you’ll check out the whole grand and ridiculous game on your PS4 tomorrow!

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GaMeR_bOi_83 said:

August 20th, 7:38 am

Why on a Tuesday?! Why not on a Friday?! Oh well already downloaded and ready to play once it hits midnight. But I get out of work at 1am.

Vyprstryke said:

August 20th, 9:02 am

Can’t wait!!!!

NargakugaJade said:

August 20th, 9:29 am

Im sorry, but I don’t want to buy it on ps4. I buy the first game on psvita in first day because I don’t have time to play in my house, I stay out of house working and psvita is my principal console since 2012. Bloodstained is cancelled for vita, if you can’t support vita then I need to buy other portable console.

    elchorno said:

    August 20th, 9:39 pm

    You could “Switch” it up and play on a newer portable ;-)

    Welmosca said:

    August 21st, 1:00 pm

    @ elchorno – Really?…that’s dumb.

    elchorno said:

    August 24th, 7:03 pm

    Why is that dumb? The OP said “if you can’t support vita then I need to buy other portable console.” the Switch is pretty much replacing the Vita as an Indie Games console. I love my Vita, but the reality is that it’s been on life support for so long, it’s ready to go. Guacamelee 2 hasn’t been officially announced for the Switch, but my guess it’ll be released in the near future.

ioanina said:

August 21st, 12:08 pm

Well, Guacamelee! 2 is gonna be a great thrill! Hope that when this game is a hit, which it may as well be very shortly, you and the people at Drinkbox won’t take too long to make Guacamelee! 3. Other than that, if DLC is planned, I would like to request a boss rush mode in and art galleries showcasing the game’s artwork, bosses included. Can’t wait to see how this newest adventure turns out!

A bit off-topic, but, have you ever thought about giving Clip Studio Paint a try? It’s really amazing, and it has cool cel frame-by-frame traditional animation features. How’d you think of a game without using flash animation and using only traditional animation through CSP in cutscenes? Many are using it, so why not give it a try? Never know what amazing animation videos you can make with that.

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