Hey Xbox fans, it’s me again and today is the day! With the holiday season getting into full swing, it’s great to be able to offer the Xbox community and the gaming world one final festive gift from Thunderful. The Gunk is out today on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and you can play it now with Xbox Game Pass, including streaming to all Xbox Cloud Gaming-compatible devices. The Gunk has been a passion project for the Thunderful family, so we can’t wait to see how players resonate with our story. One of our main goals was to take the skill and charm we’re known for with the SteamWorld series into a new realm of 3D.
Working closely with Microsoft to launch this as an exclusive title, The Gunk makes full use of the powerful ecosystem available to Xbox players. In my previous Xbox Wire posts, I discussed features like Smart Delivery and Optimized for Series X|S, but today I want to share another way for Xbox players to jump into The Gunk.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is one of the most exciting new technologies in gaming today. Being able to leverage this power to bring The Gunk to more players than ever before is incredible for us. Whether it’s a way for you to keep playing while you’re away from your Xbox or PC, or if it’s your primary entry point into the world of gaming, we love how Xbox Cloud Gaming breaks down those boundaries without compromising on the quality of the actual gaming experience. With that in mind, we designed a custom overlay for The Gunk while gaming via a touchscreen. We mapped the buttons, triggers, movement/camera sticks to streamline the experience and get the most out of The Gunk if you are playing without a traditional controller.
The Gunk is a sci-fi exploration game set on a mysterious alien planet. You’ll have to deal with a strange substance that you can vacuum up with Pumpkin, your trusty multi-purpose prosthetic arm. The behavior of this pulsating and ominous substance is unlike anything I’ve seen in a game before. Witnessing the planet’s stunning alien ecosystem spring into life before your eyes as you remove the gunk is a core pillar of the gameplay.
In The Gunk, one of the things I love most is the player’s interaction with the world and its positive impact on the environment around you. I feel like in some ways it embodies the holiday cheer we all want to spread during this season. While a lot of games have you hacking, slashing and shooting up the play area, The Gunk is all about healing your environment in order for it to aid you and push you further on your quest.
And what a quest it is! As well as creating an incredible world for you to explore, it was a priority for the development team to deliver a more mature, character-driven story in The Gunk and I really think they’ve delivered. Our characters are nothing without the people who embody them, and luckily we found Fiona Nova, who has done a fantastic job bringing Rani to life. The banter between Rani and her fellow space-miner Becks gives a real sense of the relationship they have as business partners, but also friends who are in it together to try to figure out what this gunk really is. I love how as their story develops, a dilemma presents itself and they begin to question what to do with this gooey discovery. Their journey also leads them to uncover what happened to the ancient civilization that has been left in ruins by the gunk’s influence on this once beautiful planet.
On behalf of the dev team and everyone at Thunderful, I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who’s supported us to get here. We’re all very much aware how important the backing of the community has been to the success of Thunderful. Your passion for our games means everything to us and has been a driving inspiration behind The Gunk and everything else we do.
Delivering The Gunk to you as one last gift on the gaming calendar to cap off the year is the least we can do to thank you all for your support. I hope you enjoy your time with The Gunk and please let us know what you think of it, share your experiences on social media and I wish you all happy Holidays!
The Gunk stars Rani, part of our duo of gritty space haulers, struggling to make a buck as they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They came in search of valuable resources, and it looks like they’ve hit the jackpot…
As they uncover the dormant secrets of a shattered civilization, they must battle the curse of a toxic gunk parasite, all while getting caught in a spiral of festering mistrust.
Use your trusty Power Glove to reverse the corruption, uncover secrets of old and heal the planet! Experience the evolving relationship of the crew, as you explore this unique planet. Use your ingenuity as well as your quick reactions to overcome the challenges that await. What stories lay hidden in this mysterious abandoned world?
What does it all mean? What role can Rani play in the fate of this evocative, moody planet? Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.
Uncover the mystery. Cleanse the Gunk. Save the planet.
Engaging Exploration: Discover a lush jungle planet with damp caves, venture into the unknown and explore a bygone society.
Corruption & Regrowth: Eradicate the gunk, restore nature, and transform the world around you. Employ the revived plant life to delve deeper into this strange and wondrous ecosystem.
Intimate Narrative: The narrative is intrinsically linked with the exploration, where our two main characters keep in tight radio contact throughout the game. Fiona Nova lends her voice in a stellar performance as main character Rani.
Music & Atmosphere: The Gunk invites you to take the time and listen to its soothing tunes. An explorative atmosphere conveyed through an evocative art style. Kick your feet back and enjoy an adventure like no other!
Next Week on Xbox: January 31 to February 4
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature, we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released [email protected] games! You can get more details on these games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!
Strap on your jetpack and prepare for chaos! Dyna Bomb describes itself as the latest, greatest platform game from 7 Raven Studios. With 64 explosive levels, and 8 gloriously animated worlds, there’s tons here for platformer gaming fans to enjoy.
Return to Arcadia Bay and experience two award-winning Life is Strange games like never before! Remastered visuals and animation breathe new life into the great cast of characters and gripping stories.
Swing through the trees, spin sticky webs, and make friends with bugs! Be the adorable spider you’ve always wanted to be.
An immersive experience that explores how unfair society can be, both in a direct and realistic manner and with the power of fantasy elements, symbolism, and abstract storytelling. Solve puzzles, discover hidden dialogue through careful exploration and unlock new post-game features to extend the experience!
The Sealed Ampoule is a “dungeon agriculturalization Rogue-like game” combining elements of dungeon exploration and clicker-style gameplay. From the creators Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden and The Midnight Sanctuary.
Ambition Record – February 3 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
The count who rules the northern part of the kingdom has used forbidden, secret arts, and raised the flag of rebellion against his king. Fortify characters with the power of the dragons to fight turn-based battles, and create your own party by exploiting the job change system and customizing weapons and armor as you like.
Dreamscaper – February 3
By night, delve deep into your subconscious and discover powerful artifacts to conquer your nightmares. By day, explore the city of Redhaven, and build relationships to unlock the power of your dreams.
As the proud leader of the Dino Dudes, it’s up to you to lead your hairy band of Cro-Magnons to the top of the food chain. Discover fire, weapons, the wheel, and the dinosaurs.
Play and create custom levels of Croc’s World! You can publish them on the internet and other players can play them as well! Featuring 48 items to choose from and 6 end bosses.
The museum curator needs your help – a tourist has gone missing. You smirk at his warning of paranormal goings-on; that’s what Demon Hunters are for in this hidden object puzzle adventure game from the creators of Enigmatis and Grim Legends.
An arena shooter where you upgrade your drone, fight giant bosses, and participate in random events. You will be send to the abandoned planet as one of the participants of the show. Your goal is to survive as long as possible, fighting hordes of robots and their generals.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human – February 4 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
The virus won and civilization has fallen back to the Dark Ages. The City, one of the last human settlements, is on the brink of collapse. Use your agility and combat skills to survive and reshape the world.
Choose to play as federal agent Catherine Armstrong, a young recruit with excellent scientific skills, or as Stuart Ross, a street-smart veteran. Their unique skills and personality will change how the story unfolds as they investigate a strange homicide case in this Lovecraftian visual novel.
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Discover the Legacy of the Bretons in The Elder Scrolls Online’s New Year-Long Saga
Set out on a brand-new Elder Scrolls adventure and explore the chivalric culture of the Breton people and the island home of their noble elite in The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle.
Just announced as part of our 2022 Global Reveal, we are thrilled to unveil ESO’s next big saga and supporting releases. The Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure begins with the upcoming Ascending Tide dungeon DLC and continues with the High Isle chapter, now available for pre-purchase on the Xbox Store!
Pre-purchase High Isle now and you’ll get immediate access to the Palefrost Elk mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn pet (Palefrost Elk Fawn pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022) in addition to a host of pre-order rewards at launch. Even better, if you pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle, you’ll also get immediate access to the ESO base game and ALL previous chapters!
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles June 21.
Welcome to the Systres Archipelago
The High Isle chapter will take you a brand-new location in the Elder Scrolls series: the Systres Archipelago, where you’ll have an opportunity to venture into the regions of High Isle and Amenos. There, you can experience the bountiful tropical atoll surrounded by stunning white cliffs that makes up the ancient home of the Breton elite.
On High Isle and Amenos, you’ll have an opportunity to immerse yourselves in the chivalric Breton society and uncover the hidden histories and lore of this proud martial people. Throughout your adventures you must also investigate the emergence of a sinister new organization, the Ascendant Order, that threatens to condemn all of Tamriel to unending war.
In addition to the main storyline, you’ll also discover no shortage of unique stand-alone quests, a new PvE Trial, two brand new companions, new World Bosses, Delves, Public Dungeons, and a host of unique rewards including achievements, collectibles, and more — plenty to keep an adventurer like you busy!
Play a Hand of Tales of Tribute
Along with the new zone and storyline, the High Isle chapter also introduces a new in-game system: Tales of Tribute. A tavern card game, Tales of Tribute allows you to compete against your fellow players and NPCs in a unique experience that is completely new to ESO and the Elder Scrolls series.
As you travel Tamriel’s taverns and play, you’ll can climb the leaderboards and unlock additional decks, upgrade your cards, and earn a whole suite of unique collectibles as rewards. Every adventurer needs some time to unwind and relax after a hard day’s questing, why not find your local tavern and play a hand of Tales of Tribute?
Explore High Isle and the rest of Tamriel with new adventuring buddies that will assist you in combat. Unlock the two new Companions by finding and completing their associated quests within the Systres Archipelago.
Fighting alongside your Companion will improve their effectiveness and taking favorable actions will build rapport. As you earn their trust and strengthen your bonds of fellowship, your Companion may share personal quests with you. You may also give them Companion-specific gear and customize them in a wide variety of ways, including setting their abilities, mounts, costumes, outfits, and more.
Don’t forget, The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle launches on June 21 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Pre-purchase High Isle now for immediate access to the Palefrost Elk mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn pet (Palefrost Elk Fawn pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022), plus unique bonus rewards at launch. Keep an eye out for more on the Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure and High Isle chapter in the coming months — we’ll see you in Tamriel!
The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle Collector’s Edition
A brand-new Elder Scrolls adventure! Experience a world without limits with The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle Collector’s Edition and get access to the Base Game and all Chapters:
• High Isle (New for 2022)
Pre-purchase now to begin your adventure immediately in the Base Game or previous Chapters and gain instant access to the Palefrost Elk Mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn Pet*. Claim pre-purchase rewards in addition to these exclusive Collector’s Edition items at launch:
• Amenos Ornaug
• Balfiera Senche Cub
• Ascendant Knight Outfit Style
• Hoard of the Schemers Memento
• High Isle Emote Pack
• And Previous Collector’s Edition Rewards!
ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—Begin your adventures in Tamriel wherever you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the Base Game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or face the Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon, in Blackwood. All content is immediately accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like.
INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: HIGH ISLE—Set out on a brand-new Elder Scrolls journey and uncover an epic storytelling experience told across three DLCs and the High Isle Chapter in the Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure. A tale of chivalric honor and political upheaval set within the stunning Systres Archipelago awaits.
*Palefrost Elk Fawn Pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022.
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