Joe Danger backflipping to XBLA

Previously PSN-exclusive title coming to Xbox Live Arcade this Christmas in new special edition; no PlayStation release planned for updated version.

Joe Danger was released to critical acclaim on the PlayStation Network last year, and today it became the first downloadable PSN exclusive to make the jump to Xbox Live Arcade. Hello Games is producing a special edition of the game--as previously rumoured via a ratings slip-up from Microsoft Korea--that will be exclusive to Microsoft's downloadable platform and will be out in time for the holidays.

The laboratory will open to gamers' experimentations sometime before Christmas.

The special edition of Joe Danger will have double the gameplay time of the original, according to Hello Games, which estimates that it will take at least 30 hours to complete in its new form. The special edition includes new environments, new modes, and new characters. This includes a revamp of the game's multiplayer options and a new laboratory mode, which promises "a little peek behind the scenes." The laboratory will also feature hidden developer challenges, according to Hello Games managing director Sean Murray.

Murray has previously been rather outspoken on the subject of XBLA, publicly suggesting it's "a slaughterhouse," but talking to GameSpot today he clarified his position. "So many indie titles get released [on XBLA] that just don't make an impact, and get lost. I guess what we've seen is that really high-quality games still stand out, and we're really hoping Joe Danger: Special Edition is one of those." He also made it clear there are currently no plans to bring the special edition to the PSN. "We've added so much and changed so many of the fundamentals that I don't think that can happen," Murray said.

Development for the title is going on in parallel with multiplatform sequel Joe Danger: The Movie, according to Murray. Hello Games has expanded beyond its original four-man team, but everyone is still working across both projects. "Rather than split the team, we all work on the same thing at the same time. We're like a little hive mind. So yeah, some days we work on Special Edition, and then it gives us an idea for The Movie, so we go do that. It's kept both really fresh and unique," Murray said.

To get a taste of what to expect in Joe Danger: Special Edition, check out the exclusive trailer below. For more on the original, check out GameSpot's review of Joe Danger for the PS3.

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27 comments
blackace
blackace

@boyardee14 said: @blackace lmao only good game there was final fantasy. lmfao have fun with ur 1 good game. xbox keeps losing games cuz you guys are last place in console sales now. HA. in the future, dont argue with me, you will always lose. now i give you permission to say something back to me that you think is a good comeback but trust me, its not. ********************************************************** Hey chef. DMC, Ace Combat, MSG Rising, Tales of Vesperia, FFXIII-2, Tekken, SSFIV, Bioshock etc.. were all good games. Permisssion?!?! LMAO!! Little boy, let me give you your teddy bear and send you back to bed. I'm sure I'm more then twice your age. I've been gaming since 1979. Was playing text games like Adventure and Zork probably before you were even born. You don't give anything permission except the thing between your legs when you tell it to pee. The PS3 has been in 3rd place since the Wii launched a week after it. It's still 3.5 million behind the XBox 360. Get your facts straight boy (or maybe you're a girl).

boyardee14
boyardee14

@blackace lmao only good game there was final fantasy. lmfao have fun with ur 1 good game. xbox keeps losing games cuz you guys are last place in console sales now. HA. in the future, dont argue with me, you will always lose. now i give you permission to say something back to me that you think is a good comeback but trust me, its not.

blackace
blackace

Glad I waited. Now I can just get it on my XBox 360. I have the demo on my PS3. This special edition should have a lot more content and be well worth the price. ********************************************************* @boyardee14 have fun with our 15 dollar game xbox gay60. while we take your critical successes like bioshock and mass effect and limbo. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, yeah, and we take Final Fantasy XIII & VS, DMC, MGS, Ridge Racer, Katamari Damacy, Ace Combat, etc.., etc... LOL!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@soaduk Haha you make me 'lol' with that attitude of yours. Feed the trolls then troll yourself.. Just to update you on a little teeny weeny fact. The online play for the PS3 is actually pretty decent - in fact i'd say it's on par with the 360 nowadays. It may not have cross-game chat, but actual gaming-wise it's solid. Guess you ain't played both consoles though?

razeenraz
razeenraz

Fat princess to XBLA please...

Vodoo
Vodoo

I was actually considering buying this for my ps3 recently but now that this game with double the gameplay is coming out I'll just get it for my 360 instead. I'd rather it on the 360 anyways for the achievements ;)

soaduk
soaduk

@boyardee14 wow that was clever you swapped "3" for the word gay in 360...so does that make it a playstation gay by your own logic? You have fun getting hacked and your credit card details stolen on your gaystation (see that actually works!), while xbox owners enjoy hours of gaming bliss with online play that actually works, something you can only dream of.

Legend002
Legend002

Make it $5 and I'll consider.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

this is one of the reasons i bought a 360... looking back thats pretty funny but it was true.. :P whenit went ps3 only.. i was like whaaaa!! im glad im finally going to play it.

zzyoshiman
zzyoshiman

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Xeogua
Xeogua

Looks cool, maybe by that time I'll be making enough money to be able to buy games again.

boyardee14
boyardee14

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IceJester45
IceJester45

Nice. I already have the PS3 version. So, I don't think I'll get this one. This is really good news for people who haven't played Joe Danger yet. It's awesome. Maybe the recent Ubi Soft purchase of Red Lynx means that Trials will eventually make its way to PS3.

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

Oh my god YES! Thanks Hello Games! This made my entire month! :)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@pszone Wowzers. Folks don't like our comments :|

NewShire
NewShire

Awesome, this is one of the few PSN exclusives that I wanted to have come out for XBLA.

EvilAshTwin
EvilAshTwin

So much for Microsofts statement of "we dont want it if it was on the PS3 first".

ahpuck
ahpuck

cool game, if a bit frustrating at times.

Vangaurdius
Vangaurdius

Cool, however, I would like to see a PC version as I haven't bought anything let alone used my consoles for years and I'd rather not deal with all the dust. :P

pszone
pszone

GTA5 should be top story not this :[

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

How this article is apparently the 'top story' on the news today is beyond me :P Fair enough though.. @Terrencec06 I'll thumb you up for that, couldn't agree more.

xbeanx3000
xbeanx3000

Will there be a pc version because I've seen a listing on a competitor's site that mentions it? The listing says 360, ps3 and PC.

Terrencec06
Terrencec06

That's pretty cool. More people get to play the game.