It's been more than half a year since we've last had word of Hothead Games' ambitious episodic adventure, but once again the veil has been lifted and revealed their long range plans for this Lovecraftian comic RPG. Players forge their own cell-shaded avatar to join Gabe and Tycho as the newest member to the Startling Developments Detective Agency, devoted to uncovering the secrets that even killer mimes won't breathe a word of.
Each episode of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness will continue the ever shadowy tale of New Arcadia, and faithful players won't have to start from scratch at every adventure! No, for their character will be carried over to each new chapter in this saga, bringing all experience and items along, though friendly pick up and play mechanics leaves no penalty in not starting from episode 1. With a five to ten hour run time and a planned price point of under $20, each episode will offer a satisfying chunk of value for the gamer unable to stomach 60+ hour epic RPGs.
Soon to be available on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Xbox live, for Penny Arcade fans and fans of quirky gaming everywhere.
First posted on June 22nd, 2007:
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. Sort of begs italics, doesn't it? Expect a Roaring Twenties sensibility of the first ever Penny Arcade interactive experience, rendered in Gabe-o-Vision. With a story told in 2D cut-scenes slick enough for Adult Swim, and cell-shaded graphics taking care of all the smashing and grabbing, you take the starring role in this mad scheme, designing yourself (or others) in the game's detailed character generator. So adjust your top hat and grab the nearest gardening implement, to rake rude clowns and brain not so innocent mimes. Don't worry, Gabe and Tycho have got your back, armed with fists and firepower.
Other familiar faces, such as Annarchy and a robot that loves fruit a little too much, round out the crew, along with all new characters in this steampunk / pulp horror mash up. They even have Ron Gilbert, the man behind such 'if you haven't played them you're missing out' classics such as Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island, pitching in from the sidelines as a game consultant. The only way that would be better is if it came with an actual monkey to grunt and fling poo at appropriate moments.
What Hothead Games are doing here is a a turn-based RPG episodic adventure for PC, Mac, and Lunix that's already sparkling with the wit and razor sharp artwork fans expect from Penny Arcade. It's also shaping up to be a killer experience in its own right, as players unravel the mystery in classic adventure game style.
More news as the darkness lifts...