DeathSpank swatting 360, PS3 week of July 13

EA flips the switch on Hothead Games and Ron Gilbert's new action role-playing game for Xbox 360, PS3 next month; $15 price point also confirmed.

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Ron Gilbert and Hothead Games' DeathSpank has been finished for months, but only today received a release date. Electronic Arts today announced that it will publish the downloadable action role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 on July 13, with the Xbox 360 edition hitting the following day. Once launched, DeathSpank will sell for $15 (1,200 Microsoft points).

DeathSpank has finally received a due date. Like a library book. Or a baby.

Though initially announced as an episodic game a la Hothead's Penny Arcade Adventures, DeathSpank evolved into a full downloadable game for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Along with its adventure-game-style storyline and puzzles, the title features a strong action RPG element, where gamers cut their way through swaths of enemies to gain items and level up. There's also a local cooperative mode, in which one player controls DeathSpank and the other takes care of his sidekick, Sparkles the Wizard.

DeathSpank is the first Ron Gilbert project since the Secret of Monkey Island creator became Hothead Studios' creative director early in 2008. However, it's also his last with the studio. He announced his departure when the game's development wrapped in April. Prior to his stint as creative director, Gilbert was brought in to Hothead as a collaborator on Penny Arcade Adventures.

For more on DeathSpank, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

Discussion

64 comments
lilmp89
lilmp89

Offline co-op and $15. I'm sold, and initially I wasn't so sure. I think this will give me some great laughs for the summer! Can't wait!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@s_h_a_d_o YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Lord knows Death is due a good spankingI *tops up wallet*

dkdk999
dkdk999

i think it looks cool maybe on the little kidish side though.

dean0null
dean0null

That's the name of the game, man.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Is it really called DeathSpank? I thought it was a typo and that it should have read DeathSpark or something. Weird

taxonomic
taxonomic

Been psyched for this for a very long time, but only know really REALLY want it. Gotta love Gilbert coming back like this. It's like old times.

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

I'm so pumped! This game looks awesome. Can't wait. :)

dean0null
dean0null

This is the game I want to play. I mean REALLY want to play. I want this game more than any other game in 2010. I mean if RAGE was coming out this year it'd be another story.

dean0null
dean0null

He was saying that it WILL pop up. They've practically confirmed it with the "REDACTED" version and said they want it in as many gamers hands as possible. Which means, they'll probably wait a month check the sales then port it. OR they're porting it now.

Decardcain
Decardcain

plapshapaul were do you see the pc release day didnt mention anything at their home website???

OliBangs
OliBangs

Am not sure if i wanna pay $ 15 for this, looks cool and all... but i don't know.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Looks Cool Kind of weird that it is coming out two days after PS3? Oh well!!......

-DirtySanchez-
-DirtySanchez-

awesome to see this game is out in a couple weeks, i want it so bad

DerkaDerkaJihad
DerkaDerkaJihad

This game actually looks pretty cool. I'm going to be keeping my eye on this.

plapshapaul
plapshapaul

if you're concerned about the pc version just head over to their website. give it some time and it'll show up :)

Decardcain
Decardcain

pr3eacher maybe he refers to grim dawn is published with the same team who create titan quest before

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

I like the curved earth effect it works really well.

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

I can't wait until this comes out but will it top the Monkey Island games. We want know until July 13th rolls around.

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

This looks like a really cool title. I want to say it reminds me of a mix of Diablo and Monkey Island.

Chargrilled
Chargrilled

this game looks really good. definitely going to get it, probably wont even trial run it first.

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

God finally, I've been waiting for the release date announcement for what feels like forever. This is going to be an awesome game for only $15, and I can't wait. Just a few short weeks :D

darthbiscuit
darthbiscuit

Looks good fun cant wait to give it a spin. love games with this kind of humour.

uberjannie
uberjannie

So many haters on artistic graphics in the comments..

Oblenator
Oblenator

DeathSpank, I liked this until I found out it was a game.

Warful
Warful

I don't understand why people don't find this game amusing?? It's from Ron Gilbert! It's got the same humor as the old Secrets of Monkey Island! It'll sure bring along some laughs, and some time killing gameplay! And for the fact, that there's over 100's of weapons and armors in an arcade game.. Well that just adds some depth! I have been dying to play this game!

Pr3acher
Pr3acher

@ panospcm what Titan Quest 2 ???? Can't find anything on it. Quit teasing dammit!

green_dominator
green_dominator

The games name is a bad choice, it sounds closer to a bad porn. The game itself looks bad as well. I'd rather be kicked in the.....jewels instead of playing this, at least that is survivable.....

dkdk999
dkdk999

@waltzink thats too much dialogue for you? seriously ?

panospcm
panospcm

Why cancel the PC Release? WHY??? Especially you, Hothead. This is clearly a foremost pc title. Gaming is devoluting to peculiar and ominous days... Thank god for Diablo 3 and Titan Quest 2.

MarkMack
MarkMack

Awesome! Can't wait! I was starting to worry that co-op wouldn't make it into the final game.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

so this game is actually titled DEATHSPANK? give me a break, that just sucks.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

looks tedious and too much dialogue

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

The main character sounds like Zapp Brannigan. I like it.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Really glad it's not episodic anymore. I really cant stand episodic games. 99% of the time, I finish episode one and dont feel like throwing down another wad of cash just to continue the story.

scorpion_47
scorpion_47

Oh, gotta get some points for this and for Shank!