PixelJunk is a series of downloadable games developed by Q-Games for the PlayStation 3. They are available for download and purchase on the PlayStation Store worldwide. The series made its debut on July 11, 2007 at E3 2007 with PixelJunk Racers.
PixelJunk is developed by Q-Games, headed by Dylan Cuthbert. The PixelJunk series began in 2007 with the release of PixelJunk Racers. While Racers was met with modest critical and commercial reception, 2008 saw the release of the more popular, critically acclaimed titles PixelJunk Monsters and PixelJunk Eden. PixelJunk Shooter, the latest in the series, also received positive critical reception.
In an interview at TGS 2009, Q-Games stated that proper development on PixelJunk 1-5 would start in 2010. A PixelJunk title known tentatively as PixelJunk Dungeons, and was in the conceptual phase of production in 2008. Q-Games officially revealed PixelJunk 1-5 as PixelJunk Lifelike on September 16, 2010 during the SCEI's 2010 Tokyo Game Show conference. It is unclear if PixelJunk Dungeons is still under development.
Though a series 2 PixelJunk game has yet to be announced, Dylan Cuthbert has suggested that games of the second series could "...maybe take some of the old 3D looks and bring them up to the full HD kind of style."
On May 18, 2010 PixelJunk Shooter 2 was revealed on the official PlayStation blog due for release in 2010.Official Reveal
The first series of PixelJunk games are all described by Q-Games president Dylan Cuthbert as having "simplicity, familiarity, and originality" in common. Games in the first series are also two-dimensional and run in 1080p HD at 60fps.
|1-1||PixelJunk Racers||2007||An updated version, 1-1a PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap, was released in 2010.|
|1-2||PixelJunk Monsters||2008||An expansion, 1-2a PixelJunk Monsters Encore, was released in 2008. A PSP version titled PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe was released in 2009.|
|1-3||PixelJunk Eden||2008||An expansion, 1-3a PixelJunk Eden Encore, was released in 2009.|
|1-4||PixelJunk Shooter||2009||A sequel, PixelJunk Shooter 2, is currently in development.|
On September 24, 2009, Q released a virtual space for PlayStation Home. Titled "PixelJunk Museum" ("PixelJunk Exhibition" in US territories), the space includes virtual displays for PixelJunk Racers, PixelJunk Monsters, and PixelJunk Eden, as well as a virtual gift shop where users can buy PixelJunk and Q Games-branded Home items. A separate "room" featuring the interior of the "Ers Piñita Colada" space center from PixelJunk Shooter was added to the space on December 17, 2009 in US territories.
The Japanese version of the space includes an exclusive "Q-Games virtual public TGS Booth"—a recreation of the Q-Games TGS 2009 Booth where users can claim a free t-shirt for their Home avatar.
- First PixelJunk Announced. IGN (2007-07-11). Retrieved on 2008-07-01
- PixelJunk 1-5 Development Starting Early 2010. Gaming Union (2009-10-09). Retrieved on 2009-10-09
- IGS: Q Games' Cuthbert Reveals PixelJunk Eden, Postmortems Series. Gamasutra (2008-02-18). Retrieved on 2008-07-25
- PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe - The Biggest Version Yet is Portable. PlayStation (2009-04-29). Retrieved on 2009-04-30
- PixelJunk Shooter 2 in Full Production!. PlayStation (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 2010-05-18