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PixelJunk Inc. out on Steam later this year for budding soup tycoons

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PixelJunk Inc.

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The wide and surprisingly wild world of soup manufacturing caught our attention back in January with PixelJunk 1-6 (opens in new tab) , the codename for Q-Games' latest PC-fied take on its lovely console indie series. The venture has now turned legit with an official name: PixelJunk Inc. (opens in new tab) , a co-op sandbox-platformer of profits, crafting, and the quest to cook history's greatest soup recipe.

Up to four players share a 2D procedural world rife with Q-Games' artful coloration. The goal is to build and maintain the ultimate soup factory, and you'll need to explore the cavernous tunnels beneath the world's toxic surface for broth ingredients and building materials using a matter-shaping laser. The soup industry gets more interesting by the moment.

You and your buddies aren't alone in the deeps, so you'll also fashion some tower-defense-like guns for warding away what creatures who hunger for flavored water. If you're keen on efficiency, craftable robots can take over for gathering items and producing your goods—if you're smart enough, Q-Games says, you can automate the entire process with a metallic army.

PixelJunk Inc.'s aforementioned Steam release is a fresh focus for the studio which released previous games in the series on the PlayStation 3 first. The team seems strongly aware of the benefits Valve's platform provides, and it's planning to furnish the game with mod support as soon as it can. Soup-endous . Have a peek at some gameplay in the trailer below.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?