Creative Team Behind Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood Launch Armikrog on Consoles
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Aug. 23, 2016: Independent game developer PencilTest Studios in partnership with indie publisher Versus Evil today announced the release of Armikrog for the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U™ system, Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for $9.99, £7.99 and €9.99.
“When we initially funded our game through Kickstarter there was demand for a Wii U version and it totally made sense from a design standpoint,” said Pencil Test Studios co-founder Mike Dietz. “Armikrog was created using classic sculpting, set building and clay and puppet fabrication techniques and it truly was a labor of love. After the release on PC we were able to turn our attention to the console versions of the game and we are incredibly happy to announce that console gamers can now play our creation on the console platform of their choice!”
In Armikrog players follow the adventures of space explorer Tommynaut and his pal Beak-Beak (a blind talking dog) as they crash land on an alien planet and get trapped in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog. To help them escape players have to guide the pair through a variety of precarious situations in gorgeously hand crafted environments packed with puzzles and a slew of odd inhabitants. Voiceover talent includes well-known actors Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain) and Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000).
"Armikrog is a great stop-motion experience that can now be enjoyed on the consoles," said Versus Evil General Manager Steve Escalante. "A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind video game, Armikrog appeals to gamers of all ages and it has been amazing seeing this game come to life. Its transition to the major consoles is a treat and we are very excited to launch a game on all three consoles!”, he added.
About Pencil Test Studios Pencil Test Studios is an independent game development and animation production studio founded in 2009 by game industry veterans Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield. Located in Lake Forest, Calif., the studio specializes in content creation, development and production services for games, mobile devices, film, and television, while offering many different animation styles including 2D, 3D, stop motion and mixed media. The studio has collaborated on numerous successful videogame franchises with high profile clients such as Disney, Pixar, and Activision, providing extensive experience and familiarity working within a wide variety of game production pipelines.