DeathSpank strikes back next month

Thongs of Virtue arrives for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live on September 21 and 22, respectively; sequel adds new settings and co-op character.

Ron Gilbert's DeathSpank was originally announced as an episodic series but was released last month as a stand-alone downloadable title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The episodic tag may as well have been left on the project, as Hothead today announced a second game in the series, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, set to debut next month.

While Gilbert left Hothead Games in April, Thongs of Virtue producer Hamish Millar told GameSpot the Secret of Monkey Island creator had just as much influence on this game as he had on the first game. In fact, development on Thongs of Virtue was finished before the first DeathSpank game launched, which works well for those anticipating a sequel, but came with its own drawbacks.

"By doing two games back to back, we didn't get the opportunity to listen to everybody's feedback and try and incorporate that," Millar said. "But what we did do is take a bit of a guess at what we thought was going to come out of the releases."

As a result, Thongs of Virtue will sport more variety in the types of quests given to players, more bosses, a new cooperative play character in addition to Sparkles the Wizard, and a wealth of new environments.

"DeathSpank 1 was an introduction to the universe for people and it was very much a fantasy action role-playing game," Millar said. "For the second game--and this is a reason it was a separate product, too--we just wanted to redefine what that could be. We just wanted to blow people's expectations out of the water as far as what kind of weapons DeathSpank can have, what worlds he can travel to, and what sort of creatures and characters and enemies he can face."

Screens and art for the game show more modern and sci-fi trappings, with DeathSpank wielding a bazooka, machine guns, and rifles to fend off enemies from giant ants to ray-gun-wielding aliens.

As for whether Gilbert's departure meant Thongs of Virtue would be the character's last hurrah, that shouldn't be assumed. "DeathSpank is a creation not just of Ron but a collection of people, and Hothead is a huge part of that," Millar said.

Thongs of Virtue will launch on the PlayStation Network September 21 and arrive on Xbox Live Arcade the next day. Like the first entry in the series, the game will sell for $14.99 (1,200 Microsoft points).

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36 comments
luffy11234
luffy11234

man u guys dont like my oppinon. i just didnt have the money for it

j0ey00
j0ey00

i played the demo i loved it it is like a old game

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

My day mostly sucked all day yesterday until I got the message on my phone with those sweet words: DeathSpank Sequel Announced! I remember my jaw dropped, because really, who expected the sequel this quickly? They obviously set it up that way for those that haven't played the first, but I didn't expect it to be this year, let alone next month. Good times, man, good times.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@Xx619MysterioxX : Yes ......("Thongs of Virtue arrives for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live on September 21 and 22, respectively; sequel adds new settings and co-op character." top line of the article)

route151
route151

Great concept...Deathspank could be like a Bruce Campbell...then they could just keep churning out the "episodes". Keep the laughs rolling.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't think it's too soon at all! It's just something we're not used to at all, actually it's quite the opposite, lol.. Games blow their load in the first month or two. After that period they die down. So this is the perfect time frame imo, to put out another game. I also wouldn't view the 2nd game as a sequel, but more of a 2nd game or a side-step. Anone saying that they don't know if they'll play the first game now because the new one comes out soon is making a huge mistake. Deathspank is frigin AWESOME! You'd be missing out terribly if you skipped it. And I bet the 2nd game isn't gonna look any better and will play exactly the same, but with different quests and weapons and enviornments. Sorta like an expansion-pack. That's my take on it anyways.

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

Whaaaat? A new game already? I had to check if the date was April 1st, cause this is too good to be true. Love it!

Flex1
Flex1

Too soon. If they keep doing this nobody will pay $20 for new games every few months

fueled-system
fueled-system

I think this is way to early. If they are gonna make a sequel this early they should not be charging 1200 points for it. The first game I heard was great and its a shame cause now I am unsure if I want to buy the first or wait..

metalkid9
metalkid9

All I have to say is YES!!!!!!

squidracerX
squidracerX

@ Xx619MysterioxX ....sorry bro, gotta side with everyone else here, you said: "is this on the PS3 Also? because that kinda sucks. =(" yeah that sounds like you are saying its a bad thing. Sucks = bad in anyone else's world. Unless as others said below you meant to say "because if it isn't that sucks." But that's not what you said. Really can't be taken any other way, not sure if English is your first language (there are many countries represented on gamespot forums), but we speak it fluently, so trust us, you made a negative sounding comment. And a simple question about whether it is coming out or not on PSN, well read the article it clearly said yes it is.... And why wouldn't it?

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

@ Xx619MysterioxX The article says "Thongs of Virtue will launch on the PlayStation Network September 21 and arrive on Xbox Live Arcade the next day." Hope that helps answer your question. I also hope you are not upset that I can continue to enjoy the DeathSpank series on the PS3 as well, because if I couldn't, that kinda sucks!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Damn your fast, hope it doesnt turn out to be bad because your rushing I loved the first one so please don't ruin it!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Just get in the bag, you little criminal.

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

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InExcelsis
InExcelsis

I loved the first one hopefully this will be just as good

ebin20
ebin20

@Xx619MysterioxX You aren't very good at expressing yourself with words.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@Xx619MysterioxX: I am going to side with Jimmy on this one it wasn't that he couldn't read it was that you didn't complete the sentence. I will assume that you meant, "Because that would kind of suck that it isn't on both consoles" or something close to that. You can't really shouldn't lambaste someone for your own inability to complete a sentence man. it is kind of your fault. Sorry if you are upset and angry now but that is just part of good communication. Now go back to gamming!!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

wow. i am amazed, roughly a month after release and it has a sequel? its like this generation's dotHACK! cooool! now, i need a new hard drive.

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

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StJimmy15
StJimmy15

god dang. that was faaast. @Xx619MysterioxX how is that a bad thing that its also on PS3? I love me some exclusives but I'm not that big a tool that I'd flat out start complaining about multiplatform games...

6h05tly
6h05tly

@Serentor: I'm on the same boat as well. I gotta finish the game myself, sigh...

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

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luffy11234
luffy11234

not bad. First one was good but i dont think im buying this one. {i didnt buy the first just played the demo alot}

Serentor
Serentor

omg and i still have to play the first one! nooo!! lol. love the game, cant wait tho XD

p3tZku
p3tZku

nice, first one was awesome worth the money

RoOodriGowW
RoOodriGowW

Yeah the sequel was pretty much a given , so was the modern setting , can't wait for it.And a Captain Quark skin. :P

Deadlynoobs
Deadlynoobs

I'll only buy it if it has a proper co-op mode.

Lord_of_Dark
Lord_of_Dark

Wow... That's awesome. Did not expect that one :P

jack00
jack00

I still haven't bought the first one deathspank because of the pricetag, waiting for it to be on sale first.

XxChicagoTedXx
XxChicagoTedXx

Orgasm. Man I am stoked. Plus I don't have to wait long for it to come out. Really good download. The idea of DeathSpank with a rocket launcher is just epic.