If you've been following us on Twitter you've probably heard me mention "TBP" a collaboration we've been working on with musician Shaun Hatton (aka DJ Finish Him). We've been keeping the actual title under wraps till we we were ready to show some video. Last week's Gamercamp festival seemed like a perfect opportunity to properly announce the game with this short teaser. I suggest cranking your speakers, going full screen and HD so the pixels are huge and sharp.
So there you have it. "TBP" is They Bleed Pixels, a fast paced, gothic, low-fi pixel art, platforming beat'em up with a chiptune style soundtrack coming out on Xbox Live Indies.
You'll notice this game looks very different then our other games. Inspired by games like Niddhogg I wanted to experiment with a more abstract, simple style that would let me really focus on smooth and stylish animation.
In terms of gameplay, all of our games are built with specific goals in mind:
- Night of Cephalopods: Experimenting with Dynamic Narration.
- Cephalopods: Co-op Cottage Defence: Creating co-op play that requires players to constantly talk and plan while they play.
- The Night Balloonists:Make a one button party game that had the same pacing and skill vs chance balance of games like bomber man.
- Guerrilla Gardening: Creating opportunities for creative puzzle solving through the interplay of dynamic systems and AI. Exploring themes of public space and direct action. It's a bigger game so it gets to have more ambitious goals.
They Bleed Pixels is about game feel. The kinetic joy of moving and interacting with the game and creating beat'em up combat that isn't button mashy or button heavy. We also wanted it to be a game that was radically different from our others so we could switch back and forth and keep our brains active.
This is also our first game collaborating with a musician. We met Shaun in the summer when he interviewed us for Electric Playground, a month or so later I ran into him at a Hand Eye Society social and he handed me a postcard with a link to his chiptunes mentioning that he was interested in doing game music. I saw a good fit between what he was doing and the look I had in mind for They Bleed Pixels and a few emails later and we were set.
We'll be posting more info on the game as it gets closer to completion. Till then I suggest you head over to Shaun's DJ Finish Him site and download his awesome free albums!