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Claymation adventure Armikrog arrives on PS4 next week

Versus Evil’s impressive stop motion romp launches 23rd August

Hello PlayStation Blog! Lance from Versus Evil here to share some awesome news with all of you about Armikrog! We’re proud to announce that we’ll be coming out on PlayStation 4 next week on 23rd August. Pencil Test Studios teamed up with Grip Digital to get the PlayStation 4 version of the game in your hands and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We’re bringing claymation back to PlayStation!

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Armikrog is an old-school stop-motion clay animated game. What does that mean? Every single animation is made from stop motion capture, meaning that we had to take a still image of every single frame of the game using the puppets and sets that we had created from hand out of clay, wood, card, paint, wire – you name it, we used it!

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Every single level, every single character, and all of the things you will see in Armikrog actually existed in our tiny studio where we had to basically run through the game frame by frame – it was a major production. With the help of some amazing voice over talent including Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain) and Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000), the creative genius of musician Terry Scott Taylor who produced the game’s soundtrack, plus a volunteers team of industry experts, we were able to bring this world and it’s incredible characters to life.

Although painstaking, it was worth it. Stop motion has been a passion of Pencil Test Studios for years. It’s an art form and we hope you’ll enjoy the experience as you play through this adventure with heroes Tommynaught and Beak Beak.

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When we started working on the PlayStation 4 version we knew we wanted to incorporate the touchpad on the Dualshock controller as that enables so much more control than a standard controller. Along with help from Grip Digital we were able to make it so that you can use the touchpad in a couple of amazing ways. You can use it as a standard pointer if you wish allowing for a free range of motion and you can also use it to solve some of our puzzles rather than using the joysticks or the directional pad.

This sort of motion makes the puzzles and movement much more in the moment as it really feels like you a working on the puzzle or moving through the environment.

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We’re all excited to get Armikrog in your hands next week, but in the meantime we’ll be around answering questions for the rest of the day! If you have any questions about the game or the process please ask and we’ll do our best to get them answered!

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Hi lance, this Looks awesome, reminds me of the neverhood games!! A few questions How much?, will there be s PS plus discount and does it come with a platinum?

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It’s made by (some of) the same team, and is being called a ‘spiritual successor’ to The Neverhood.

The trophy list is up on PSNProfiles, it has 18 trophies but no platinum.

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Thank you for the kind words! The price is planned at £7.99 and we plan on a 1 week launch discount for PlayStation Plus members of 10%.

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Please follow this up with ports of The Neverhood and Skullmonkeys. Please! :D

YES! So excited to play this. I love all things stop motion. Any chance it’ll be up on the store before release so I can preload it?

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Awesome – hope you enjoy it! I’m not sure about pre-loading.

Inherentdragon 18 August, 2016 @ 17:30
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This looks really impressive,obviously a lot of hard work has gone into it!No doubt I’ll be picking this up at some point.Any chance Morph is a secret character?:)

This looks wonderful. I’d love to play Skullmonkeys Remastered!

GrumpyMcGrump 18 August, 2016 @ 17:59
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looks great, i love stop motion :)

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Finally, been waiting for this to release on PS4 :). Loved The Neverhood back in the day!
This is a day 1 buy for me :D

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Thank you :) – hope you enjoy it!

Loved The Neverhood! Going to get this for sure. Looks amazing!

This looks like a very interesting game, but I would wait for the trailer and then read the review on IGN and the official Playstation magazine.

The thing is, it has been on PC for almost a year and the PC reviews are pretty bad – user score is 5.0 right now. I have a friend who is a massive Neverhood fan, he backed the Armikrog (it was actually the one and only thing he backed up on kickstarter) and when it got released he was massively unhappy and disappointed. So yeah, I’d suggest reading some reviews first.

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This is a definite for my PS4, but I’d dearly love a Vita port, too!

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