Good news, everyone! Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 4 is out now. It's the final part of the adventure-come-JRPG series, and that's a good thing because it means I'll never have to type "Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness" ever again. Man, I can't tell you how much I hated typing "Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness". You can grab the game on Steam for £3.59, going up to £3.99 in about a week. That game, of course, being "Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness", though it looks like it's finally tumbled in.
I wasn't aware that - deep breath - Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 was getting a sequel, much less one that wraps up the tril...quad...tetralogy once and for all. But it is, it's coming this Spring, and it will be slightly different from the last one. How slightly different? Well, if developer Zeboyd's interview with IGN is anything to go by, very slightly different indeed. How do you feel about an open overworld, in a less linear game with more optional areas/secondary routes and secrets? You feel good, obviously, because those things are great.
In a recent interview with The Penny Arcade Report, Markus "Notch" Persson unleashed some new details on his upcoming Fly A Spaceship With A 1980s Computer simulator 0x10c (which, for the record, I pronounce as "Zero to the Speed of Light"). Among them was the fact that he might just start the whole project over.
Penny Arcade have launched a Kickstarter campaign to rid themselves of all reliance on advertisers. Their aim is to crowdsource enough cash to replace revenue earned selling page space. "We had assumed it wasn't possible to do it that way anymore - to operate a site at this scale without advertising dollars - but it occurred to us that we'd never actually asked," they say.
"People often want to know how they can support the site in a way that doesn't involve t-shirts or looking at advertising, and I think we may have a way. What I'm saying is that we want to sell out, and we would love to sell out to you."
Old sprites never die, they just fade away and/or move inside indie games. Penny Arcade Adventures 3 - or, Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 - is full of old, not-dead sprites. The game is a nostalgic throwback to early 90s RPGs made by Cthulhu Saves the World developers Zeboyd Games with writing and assistance from the Penny Arcade chaps.
It was also released yesterday and is a crazy slim £3 / $5 on Steam. The latest trailer for PA's OTRSPOD3 is below, featuring battling hobos, snapping crabomancers, and self-mocking descriptive text.
Telltale games have just unveiled a poker game at PAX. It'll be a comedy poker game starring four characters from games you know and love, or that you meant to play but couldn't get into because of the obtuse puzzles. It'll cost you $5/£3, and it'll be out "this fall."