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Twisted Pixel wants you pull on your strings with The Gunstringer

Posted by: Jeremy at 2/2/2011 10:44 AM
Twisted Pixel has announced a new game entitled The Gunstringer exclusively for the Xbox 360. The new game, the studio’s fifth original IP, will make use of the Xbox Kinect peripheral and put players in control of a soulless marionette known as the Gunstringer. Players will take lonely gunman on an adventure driven by revenge using motion based gestures in front of Microsoft’s 360 peripheral.

You can view the announce trailer for the game below along with some official images from the game. The full press release announcing the title is available on the next page. 






Newly Announced Kinect Title is Twisted Pixel’s Fifth Original IP

Twisted Pixel Games Discusses Origins of Their New Marionette-Based Title

Feb 2, 2011 - Austin, TX - “Puppets are just something I’ve always loved,”
says Michael Wilford, CEO of Twisted Pixel Games and closeted marionette
aficionado. “What makes games great is that they are such a collaborative
process. I have over three hundred puppets in my basement, and Bill Muehl,
our Game Director, collects Western landscape photography. Oh, and of
course we have Dan Teasdale, our Design Lead, whose family was brutally
murdered by drug lords when he was a child, and who’s been on a mission of
vengeance ever since.”

Originally conceived as an Oregon Trail - style singalong, design decisions
throughout the project gradually axed all those elements in favor of the
single minded pursuit of revenge by a soulless puppet. Bill recalls, “I
tried to bring up compromise with Dan a couple times, but he’d just start
fingering that necklace made out of the ears of his slain enemies and stare
out into the distance. At that point I’d just mumble something and back
away.”

The player controls a marionette named the Gunstringer using Kinect’s unique
motion-based controls. The epic tale of the lonely gunman unfolds across
several acts, each performance taking place in a hand-crafted environment.
 The Gunstringer has several weapons at his disposal, each tool of vengeance
unleashed through the player’s gestures. The game’s lavish production
features over thirty characters and countless animations.

Additional information about The Gunstringer can be found at
www.thegunstringer.com. The site features information about the game, the
release trailer, and our developer’s blog, covering thoughts from the team
as their work progresses.

The Gunstringer is expected to be completed in 2011. Dan’s quest to temper
the pain in his soul with violence has not yet been given an end date.

About Twisted Pixel Games, LLC

Founded in 2006 by industry veterans, Twisted Pixel is the independent game
development studio behind the 2009 IGF finalist and 2008 PAX 10 Audience
Choice Award winning game The Maw for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Steam, Greenhouse,
and Direct2Drive. Their accomplishments continue with the successes
of SplosionMan and Comic Jumper. Twisted Pixel specializes in character-driven,
original IP titles that shake up what games are all about. Memorable
characters, creative gameplay, and impressive presentation is our focus.
Learn more at www.TwistedPixelGames.com <http://www.twistedpixelgames.com/>.
and Twitter @twisted_pixel