Penny Arcade, the
webcomic that invented the"two gamers on a couch: genre, has had a stay of execution regarding its
long-dormant adventure game series, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. Written
off as a failed venture into episodic gaming after developer Hothead moved on
to Deathspank, the series' future acts will now be developed by Zeboyd Games
(of recent Cthulhu Saves the World success). While the series' continuing plot has been laid out ahead of
time, expect a new look and feel for future episodes.
Above: If your first response to this teaser image is “looks a bit like
Zombies Ate My Neighbors,” congratulations! Zeboyd would quite like to impress
Zeboyd, which has made
its name with affectionately derivative pastiche of the turn-based RPGs of old,
kept the announcement pithy: “Yes, we're serious.” However, the match seems like an
obvious one: Penny Arcade has made its name with marginally astute observations
about videogames for 14 years and counting, whereas Zeboyd's stock-in-trade is
updating the classic console RPG format – itself arguably the first genre to
become self-aware, with a long history of characters breaking the fourth wall
to poke fun at genre conventions. Which means you can now look forward to a
game about people who've been talking about games for longer than some of you
have been playing them, within a format known for talking about games for
longer than some of you have been alive.
PAA:OtRSPoD Episode 3 is
dated for 2012 – with both Penny Arcade and Zeboyd known for keeping fans in
the loop, expect more details between now and then.
Aug 30, 2011