It may sound like a weird late night detective show, but DeathSpank and Shank are actually two new games that will be appearing on our beloved consoles, courtesy of EA. We thank you.
Developed by Klei Entertainment, Shank is coming to the PC, PSN and XBLA this summer. Featuring a mature storyline and a unique style that is inspired by graphics novels and golden age comics, this 2D side-scrolling game will have a modern western setting and will tell a classic story of betrayal.
â€œOur mission at EA Partners is to work with the best talent across the game industry, and we are thrilled to extend our expertise to the leading creative developers in downloadable indie games,â€ said Jamil Moledina, Outreach Director, Business Development at EA Partners. â€œThe team at Klei Entertainment is among the best in the world at developing fun and engaging titles for digital distribution platforms, and Shank is an amazing experience.â€
â€œAs an independent development studio, we always focus on creating great, authentic experiences for players. Working with EA Partners expands our distribution and allows us to bring Shank to a much wider audience,â€ said Jamie Cheng, CEO of Klei Entertainment. â€œThey have been a fantastic partner and their understanding of the space is incredibly exciting.â€
Coming to XBLA and PSN later this year, DeathSpank, from HotHead Games, was developed under the vision of The Secret of Monkey Island creator and industry icon Ron Gilbert. The game will feature Gilbert’s unique humour and classic RPG gameplay.
â€œThe team at Hothead Games is a perfect fit for EA Partners. They are a great example of how the EA Partners program continues to emphasize the importance of building strong relationships with the worldâ€™s top indie developers,â€ said Jamil Moledina, Outreach Director, Business Development at EA Partners. â€œDeathSpank is an engrossingly fun and hysterically funny experience, and we are all excited to have the opportunity to help introduce DeathSpank to gamers across the world.â€
Ian Wilkinson, CEO of Hothead Games added, â€œWe are proud of our independence, but are very excited to be working with EA Partners on a title as big as DeathSpank. With EA Partners handling distribution and marketing, Hothead can continue to focus on what we do best, making great games.â€
The game casts players in the role DeathSpank, the Hero to the Downtrodden, a Vanquisher of Evil and Defender of Justice as he fulfills his life-long destiny and searches for a mysterious and magical item only known as “The Artifact”. Along the way he’ll rescue a few Orphans, defeat a local tyrant and tumble headlong into the even deeper mystery surrounding the legendary Thongs of Virtue in an epic adventure game that includes collecting loot, crazy puzzle solving, witty dialogue, collecting loot, over-the-top animations, fun, accessible action combat, and of course, collecting loot.