Penny Arcade Announces Video Game

By Chris Remo, Aug 25, 2006 9:53am PDT Long running video game-themed webcomic Penny Arcade today announced that Vancouver-based Hothead Games will be developing an episodic series of games based on Penny Arcade. The tone of the press release suggests that the game is likely to take a tongue in cheek attitude towards various video game cliches and conventions; the first game in the series will be "a comic adventure game" entitled Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.
"We're really excited to be working with Hothead Games on our first electronic adventure," said writer Jerry Holkins, his clawed feet resting atop a huge slab of granite. "From the moment we laid eyes on them, it was clear they had the technical and creative chops to execute our grim vision. Now that we have pooled our strengths, our dark work may truly begin." Holkins then paused to eat a rat whole.

Hothead was formed in March of this year, and employs developers who have worked on games such as The Simpsons: Hit & Run and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. "I've promised this with past games, and I stand by it: if the game sucks, I'll eat my shirt," stated Hothead president Vlad Ceraldi.

Penny Arcade Adventures is being developed for PC, Mac, and Linux, with next generation console versions to follow.

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  • I love Penny-Arcade, but I'm wary of this. I guess it really depends on what kind of game it would be. It certainly wouldn't make a good action game IMO. If anything, a graphical adventure game is the closest I can see.

    I guess the problem is that the strip rarely adheres to continuity, and using their characters/scenarios would require some sort of persistence that isn't where their brand of humor normally derives from.

    Of course, maybe that's the whole reason they're taking an episodic approach. Lots of questions with this one, but I'm sure PAX this weekend should reveal more details.