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The Gunk lands us on an alien planet overtaken by, you guessed it, gunk

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The makers of the SteamWorld games showed off their next project at the Xbox Games Showcase today: The Gunk. That's a really good name for a videogame.

"Lead a duo of outer space explorers that chance upon a dangerous planet plagued by a corruptive gunk," reads the official site (opens in new tab). "Explore, gather, craft… and survive."

I'm not sure the intensifying dot dot dot before "survive" is needed, given that surviving is something we're pretty familiar with in games, but it tells us there'll be danger on this gunk-ey planet. 

You play as a looter, or a "space hauler," as the developers put it, sucking up resources from an "untouched planet brimming with life." That's when you encounter the gunk, a "parasite" you've got to save the planet from—the same planet you were about to loot.

"Why did you come here?" asks a fact sheet about the game. "To save this dying planet... or to strip it of its resources, and then leave?"

I'm going to guess that we ultimately decide to save the planet, although who knows? Maybe our protagonist is cold. 

The Gunk will release in September 2021 for Xbox and PC for $30.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.