When the studio behind the sublime Psychonauts and headed up by the co-designer of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle announces a Halloween-set RPG featuring kids who get apocalyptic battle powers from their home-made costumes, I immediately pay attention. Fortunately this has happened only once so far, as the kind of enthusiastic attention I pay would see me distracted to the point of poor hygiene and starvation if this kind of thing were a regular occurence.
The game in question is Costume Quest, coming this autumn for XBLA and PSN. The company is Double Fine Productions. The man is Tim Schafer. Our first preview, which details exactly why you need to be excited about this cool, funny, and beautifully imaginative game, is right here. The first trailer, which you should now watch, is just below.
With a quest played out equally within the streets of suburbia and the cranked-up, battle hungry imaginations of our protagonists, more of the brilliant-by-default Double Fine dialogue and characterisation (if you've played any of their games before, you'll know what I mean) and oodles of spooky Halloween goodness, Costume Quest already looks like a frontrunner highlight of this autumn's download calendar. It's got me hyped for Halloween, despite it currently being the middle of August. How about you?