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Twisted Pixel Announces Ms. Splosion Man

Due out in Fall 2011!

The next game from indie developer Twisted Pixel Games is a "sequel" to 2009's Xbox Live Arcade success Splosion Man. Its name? Ms. Splosion Man.  What? You expected Splosion Man 2 or something?

Actually, the fact that Ms. Splosion Man isn't named "Splosion Man 2" is pretty important to Twisted Pixel. According to studio COO Josh Bear, Twisted Pixel isn't interested in making sequels unless the sequel provides the studio with the opportunity to improve and add to the original game. Ms. Splosion Man, a completely new character and also game, is a representation of this ideal.   
 
  

  
 
"We have never wanted to make a sequel to one of our games unless we thought it made sense, that we could add more to it and actually make a better game," Bear told Joystiq. "I think with Splosion Man a follow-up was something we really wanted to do, and that is why you never saw DLC for that game.  
 
"We could have churned out new levels, but we wouldn't have had the time to add in new gameplay puzzles or cool new character stuff. But we didn't just want to do Splosion Man 2, it had to be something a little more interesting." 
  
== TEASER ==Unfortunately, there's not much more we can share with you. The press release, which does a fair amount of joking only has one more detail: Ms. Splosion Man is due out in Fall 2011.  
 
Here's that press release, by the way.
 

AUSTIN, TX – December 2, 2010 – Twisted Pixel Games was pleased to announce today that their subsidiary, Big Science, has captured the Splosion Man and guaranteed the safety of all humankind. Many remember the terrifying events of July 2009: Splosion Man's horrifying rampage through Big Science laboratories that meated hundreds of scientists and caused untold damage to their underground laboratories. Eye witnesses reported widespread destruction and a staggering number of t-bones and fillets left in his wake.

Today that ends, with Twisted Pixel releasing footage of the successful capture of the renegade experiment. The scientists speak with new-found confidence about their success. Says Dr. Wilson, "Even if some sort of newer, stronger, better threat were created, our newest security measures and fiendish traps would be more than enough to contain it. We've made incredible advances in our technology over this past year.... Not that there would ever be a use for any of it."

Dr. Henry was quick to add, "Our lab, our equipment - everything has had functionality improvements and visual overhauls, and our company has expanded to some incredible new locations. It's all pristine and beautiful - decadent environments that we are very happy no experiment gone wrong will ever rampage through." Dr. Henry paused briefly before continuing, "I don't even know why I'm mentioning that, because it's 100% guaranteed that Splosion Man will never be a threat to us again."

When asked if there was any risk of overconfidence amongst the scientists, Dr. Riley was quick to interject. "Why? What's going to happen, some sort of freak accident in the after party that creates a "Ms. Splosion Man" mere seconds after Splosion Man's capture? And then the Ms. Splosion Man goes on some monster tear in the fall of 2011? Yeah right. Not very likely."

Twisted Pixel Games reiterates that despite the fact that nothing could possibly go wrong during today's events, should any newsworthy event occur, they will release as much information as possible in the coming months.

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Edited by DukeTogo

I can see a Space Channel 5 kind of game from this, I hope it's something different and not just a faster sexualized Splosion Man.
 
The developer has proven that while they have an overwhelming amount of talent and ideas, they aren't exactly great at making fun games.  The games' enjoyment has come from the presentation and humor, not from the actual gameplay.  Splosion Man had some crazy challenge to it later on, but the best parts of that game was the ending - something few saw outside of youtube - and the donut song.
 
The Maw was actually their best game so far in terms of a game being fun and engaging, it also had the least amount of crazy in it.  So they either need to reel in the craziness and focus on making a fun game, or stop making games and just start a sketch comedy show.

Posted by Daftasabat

Picked up the 1st game last week for 160MP's, bargain. Me and my son have a great time playing the 2 player game. I'll be keeping an eye on this 1

Posted by Lobst
@DukeTogo said:
"I hope it's something different and not just a faster sexualized Splosion Man."
 
Adding a female character to a game makes it "sexualized"? News to me.
Posted by zityz

After that? Super Splosion man and then Splosion Man Championship!

Posted by NobleJon

"We have never wanted to make a sequel to one of our games unless we thought it made sense, that we could add more to it and actually make a better game," 

Add more to it? You mean like with DLC? 
 

"I think with Splosion Man a follow-up was something we really wanted to do, and that is why you never saw DLC for that game." 

Oh, so it's not that DLC didn't make sense; you just wanted to add another title to your catalog. 

"We could have churned out new levels, but we wouldn't have had the time to add in new gameplay puzzles or cool new character stuff." 

Actually, you'd have had plenty of time if you weren't making a full follow-up. Or are we pointing fingers at the publisher's desire for more money?

"But we didn't just want to do Splosion Man 2, it had to be something a little more interesting."

I see. "Ms." must be the new "2".
Posted by Zabant

To all the "it should be splosion woman" people think of it this way: 
 
Female Human not "Huwoman"
Female Pacman not "Pacwoman"
Female Splosion man not "Splosion woman"
 
Just a little food for thought.

Posted by chrissedoff

that was hilarious.

Posted by MikkaQ

Oh man, this makes up for Comic Jumper's gameplay. I hope it's even more ridiculous than the first. 

Posted by PrivateIronTFU
@NobleJon: Wow. Way to nitpick a harmless article to death.
Edited by WinterSnowblind
@NobleJon:   There's only so much they can do with DLC, which would only have a small team devoted to handling and that certainly wouldn't get the same kind of publicity or sales as a new game would.  Are you going to criticize a company for..  wanting to make money?
 
They've also said they are working on other projects, which are both very likely completely new IP's.  Why would you complain so much about a small indie developer doing this but not someone like Activision with Call of Duty, etc. who repeatedly rip us off for everything.
Posted by HatKing

"Twisted Pixel isn't interested in making sequels unless the sequel provides the studio with the opportunity to improve and add to the original game. " 
 
Wait...  What the fuck else would you do with a sequel?
Posted by SuperfluousMoniker

Really hope they bring this one to PSN/Steam. Still haven't played the original because it's XBLA exclusive.

Posted by NobleJon
@WinterSnowblind: I really didn't like Splosion Man and find the concept of a full blown non-sequel to be a waste of time and talent. I'm interested to see what other IP's they can churn out. That's what I'm after. I'd prefer it if they made this an episodic expansion, in support of Splosion Man fans, and used there other efforts to make something else, in support of their other fans.
Edited by Aishan

'Splosion Man was one of the best surprises of 2009. I hope they can retain the charm and whimsy in this one.

Posted by Deusoma
@NobleJon said:

" @WinterSnowblind: I really didn't like Splosion Man and find the concept of a full blown non-sequel to be a waste of time and talent. I'm interested to see what other IP's they can churn out. That's what I'm after. I'd prefer it if they made this an episodic expansion, in support of Splosion Man fans, and used there other efforts to make something else, in support of their other fans. "

You realize that that's basically exactly what the dude from Twisted Pixel said, right?
 
"We could have churned out new levels, but we wouldn't have had the time to add in new gameplay puzzles or cool new character stuff. But we didn't just want to do Splosion Man 2, it had to be something a little more interesting."
Posted by FugitiveJ

Looks like I might have to finish the first one.

Posted by jonnyboy

Christmas comes early with a Twisted Pixel bow on it. I must be on Santa's  good list this year.

Posted by darkjester74
@D34dM4n said:
" @darkjester74: i know i do "
Even if its just one or two?
Posted by Nytrik

OH DUDE.

Posted by NobleJon
@Deusoma: Haha, not exactly. They're deliberately similar, as I'm offering my opinion on what he said, and almost nothing else. I admit, I was nitpicking, and "waste of time" was harsh. I'd blame illness, but my delivery doesn't change much even on good days. 
 
I am not excited by this announcement, but I'm not going to do anything more about it than vent. And I might some day buy MSM, if it ends up being good and on sale.
 
Nice Cacodemon plushy, btw.
Posted by beard_of_zeus

Sign me up, I loved 'Splosion Man! :D

Posted by Dizzyhippos

Does she have a bow on her head?

Posted by WickedFather

I just 'SPLODEd in my pants.

Posted by Tsai

as duke would say, 'Hell, I'd still hit it'

Posted by DarthB

looks great.  loved the first one.  co-op was fun, especially since i got my wife to play too.  she'll probably like this even more with pink fire!

Posted by Red

I dunno, 'Splosion Man was pretty infuriating, despite Twisted Pixel's charms. 
However, I do quite enjoy their style, and will definitely follow the game.

Posted by RagOnAStick

She needs bigger tits.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos
@Red said:
" I dunno, 'Splosion Man was pretty infuriating, despite Twisted Pixel's charms. However, I do quite enjoy their style, and will definitely follow the game. "
I thought it was similar to SMB in that respect.
Posted by JJWeatherman

Will buy. The first one was/is great

Posted by Tennmuerti

Huba-huba

Posted by blaakmawf

I like these twisted pixel guys.

Posted by Lydian_Sel

Hey wait... were those sperm at the end when the Matt Cheney song played??
 
Splosion Man just got dark!

Posted by advocatefish

:O!!!!

Posted by InFamous91

Huh? What lol? Got to love these guys

Posted by T0mF5

Yes.

Posted by SSully

Kind of disappointed. I would prefer they try something new, instead of just sticking with whats comfortable. 

Posted by MordeaniisChaos
@xiaojiekii: A wise man once fortold of this moment. This is the moment that Giantbomb hits it big.
Posted by Wandrecanada
@Zimbo said:
" Shouldn't it be Ms Splosion Woman? "
I and others agree with this statement.  Even if the character is a clear riff on the Ms. Pac Man idea it might be less offensive to a female audience, especially a geek female audience to have the name include the word Woman.
 
PS:  I also note that Splosion Man is already a brand label but I'm sure we'll get the reference.
Posted by Scribbly

Dude! More 'splode is good, looking forward to more on this game.

Posted by Brodehouse
@Wandrecanada said:
" @Zimbo said:
" Shouldn't it be Ms Splosion Woman? "
I and others agree with this statement.  Even if the character is a clear riff on the Ms. Pac Man idea it might be less offensive to a female audience, especially a geek female audience to have the name include the word Woman.  PS:  I also note that Splosion Man is already a brand label but I'm sure we'll get the reference. "
Bill Johnson's wife isn't Patricia Johndaughter.
Posted by lokilaufey
@Wandrecanada: It's not any more offensive than Ms. Pac Man was, which is to say... It's not offensive at all. I've never a woman who thought it was.
Posted by NinjaTard

Couldn't be more on board with this unless I was twisting the pixels myself. Original was great, addictive fun, and even though I got distracted by other shiney new games I plan to play again someday...unless this comes out first then I'll likely just get this newer shineyer sexier Splosion Man....err....Splosion Woman.
 
Their funny and hyper games genuinely seem designed to make gamers happy so they have already earned my bucks. Also, let me add the press release is genius. More like that from other companies, would be a welcome aside to the real game coming out over a year later (Looking at you Bioshock Infinite, I don't need to see you two years before you come  out, it's just torture unless you give me some ARC or something to look forward to enjoying NOWish)

Posted by Hailinel
@Wandrecanada said:
" @Zimbo said:
" Shouldn't it be Ms Splosion Woman? "
I and others agree with this statement.  Even if the character is a clear riff on the Ms. Pac Man idea it might be less offensive to a female audience, especially a geek female audience to have the name include the word Woman.  PS:  I also note that Splosion Man is already a brand label but I'm sure we'll get the reference. "
Who would honestly be offended by the name Ms. Splosion Man?
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Posted by demontium

Do Want

Posted by GunnBjorn

Her powers are obviously of a Thermo-Nuclear nature. I'm curious how that'll turn out.
Posted by bartok

I hope this eventually leads to a pinball/video game hybrid simple called Baby Splosion Man.

Posted by HellBrendy

Sure hope she's hot!

Posted by Heartbreak
@Brodehouse said:
" @Wandrecanada said:
" @Zimbo said:
" Shouldn't it be Ms Splosion Woman? "
I and others agree with this statement.  Even if the character is a clear riff on the Ms. Pac Man idea it might be less offensive to a female audience, especially a geek female audience to have the name include the word Woman.  PS:  I also note that Splosion Man is already a brand label but I'm sure we'll get the reference. "
Bill Johnson's wife isn't Patricia Johndaughter. "
Haha.
Posted by JackiJinx
@Hailinel said:
" @Wandrecanada said:
" @Zimbo said:
" Shouldn't it be Ms Splosion Woman? "
I and others agree with this statement.  Even if the character is a clear riff on the Ms. Pac Man idea it might be less offensive to a female audience, especially a geek female audience to have the name include the word Woman.  PS:  I also note that Splosion Man is already a brand label but I'm sure we'll get the reference. "
Who would honestly be offended by the name Ms. Splosion Man? "
Insane people, or people that don't understand the idea of consistency within brands. 
It sounds rather cute to me.
Posted by Kyreo

I fuckin love donuts.

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