Drinkbox Studios Announces Guacamelee
It seems Mutant Blobs Attack isn’t the only game Drinkbox Studios is working on at the moment. This morning, the Toronto-based developer took to the internet to announce their new game, Guacamelee, which is being built with the financial participation of the Canadian Media Fund. If you think that name sounds mildly ludicrous, then the plot is going to blow your mind.
Playing as a down on your luck Mexican called Juan Aguacate, you must save El Presidente’s Daughter when she is kidnapped by an Evil Charro Skeleton. In the words of the press release, “The story takes place in and around a small village in Mexico, and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions including “The World of the Dead” and “The World of Nightmares” on his quest to rescue the girl he loves.” So, it sounds like absolute nonsense, and the very fact that you’re a burly man out to rescue El President’s Daughter makes it sound like your standard 2D Beat-Em-Up. So, when the next paragraph features a quote from DrinkBox COO Graham Smith saying “With this title, we’re looking to build upon the classic open-world, Metroid-vania style of games by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story,” you really have to sit up and take notice.
The very idea of a co-op Metroid-vania style game is enough to get me beyond excited for this game. Of course, people will already say that Outland was a co-op Metroid-vania style game, but those people are wrong. Let’s hope that DrinkBox is able to make a true Metroid-vania with all the tips and tricks that genre entails, as those games are often few and far between. If you’re even remotely interested in Guacamelee, watch the trailer below. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have a platform announced for it yet, so we may never be able to play it, but that’s a risk we’re willing to take to spread the good news about Guacamalee.
DRINKBOX STUDIOS ANNOUNCES NEW GAME – GUACAMELEE!
The Studio’s new title is currently in Production with financial participation by the Canada Media Fund
TORONTO, Ontario (October 18th, 2011) – Toronto-based developer DrinkBox Studios has announced that it is working on a new downloadable game titled “Guacamelee!”
Guacamelee! features a down on his luck Mexican named Juan Aguacate, who sets out to save the world when El Presidente’s Daughter is kidnapped by an Evil Charro Skeleton. The story takes place in and around a small village in Mexico, and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions including “The World of the Dead” and “The World of Nightmares” on his quest to rescue the girl he loves.
“The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters”, said DrinkBox COO Graham Smith. “With this title, we’re looking to build upon the classic open-world, Metroid-vania style of games by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. We are also attempting to blur the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves you perform useful for both of these.”
The announcement trailer for the game can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emtBP3DEFHw
Some other quotes about Guacamelee!:
“Hey, why is the save point guy in a Taco stand? And why is the stand named ‘Teddy’s Tacos’?” – Teddy Lee, DrinkBox Designer
“Guys… you’re all saying it wrong. Alebrije is pronounced Al-eh-BRI-heh, not Al-eh-BREY-he!” – Augusto Quijano, DrinkBox Animator
“Umm… Is that guy’s head on fire?” – Random play tester
DrinkBox will be showing an early playable build of the game at Digifest’s First Person Show in Toronto on October 30th, 2011.
For more information, visit the official development blog at www.guacamelee.com, or follow DrinkBox Studios on Facebook or Twitter (@DrinkBoxStudios).
About DrinkBox Studios:
DrinkBox Studios is an independent Toronto-based video game developer. The company was founded in April of 2008 by a group of game industry veterans. DrinkBox develops and publishes game products of its own, and also provides programming, art and design consulting services to external clients. The studio’s first full game – “Tales from Space: About a Blob” – was released on the PlayStation®Network in February, 2011, and they are currently working on a follow-up game for the PlayStation Vita titled “Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack”.