Penny Arcade pushed over second Precipice

Next installment in Hothead's webcomic-based adventure game goes gold; price trimmed from $20 to $15, due this fall.

Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have gained a reputation over the years as two of the more vociferous and cutting game critics, thanks to their widely read webcomic. So it was with no undue giddiness that many within the industry greeted Episode One of the duo's Hothead Games collaboration Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, a game that many critics came to regard as not half bad.

Today, Hothead announced that the final lines of code have been compiled on the second installment in the episodic adventure-game series, and it's now being prepped for release as a digital download over Xbox Live, Windows, Mac, and Linux for release later this fall. With Episode One slated to hit the PlayStation Network in late fall, the second installment will arrive for Sony's console shortly after it appears on other platforms.

In a postmortem interview with GameSpot, Krahulik discussed areas in which Hothead and Penny Arcade hope to improve on the original. "We did not have enough classic adventure-type puzzles or puzzles in general in the game. And I think the minigames we put in there on the boardwalk fell flat. They didn't end up as cool as we hoped they'd be. For the next episode we definitely bump up the puzzles, and I think the minigame element will be better there, too."

Of note, whereas the first episode clocked in at $20, Episode Two's pricing has been hedged to $14.95. For more on PAA: Episode Two, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

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19 comments
Invoquer
Invoquer

This looks really good, there are too few humorous games in the world :[

dark_gender
dark_gender

OMG!DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THAT PEACE OF S**T

Payback7
Payback7

Played the first and loved it. Only problem was I couldn't find my save game!:?!: ARGH!!! :P But still very much looking forward to Ep 2 :)

sieg6529
sieg6529

I still haven't played the original; waiting for it to come to PS3. Hurry up already!

Irve
Irve

translate that .. unerversally seen as too expensive ! but then so have all the new XBLA releases !

dyaballikl
dyaballikl

w00ts! definitely gonna get it on mac and xbla like the last one!

pyromaster222
pyromaster222

cant wait to get it... and hopefully they will improve some of the rpg fighting elements!

teirdome
teirdome

Episode 1 was my very first 100% achievement game. I really did enjoy it and I'm excited for the second one.

umbrae
umbrae

1st was great and 2nd cheaper... cool deal

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i was scared they wern't releasing it cause of lack of news

silentchuck
silentchuck

@FrostyMD - I believe it has been their intention to do just that. I think they were hoping to release it for the Wii in such a manner.

thewolf619
thewolf619

That price is a bit easier on the wallet. I think I'll give the first episode a try if they drop the price around the time of episode two's release.

SethSOMT
SethSOMT

Interesting. This could end in both negitive or positive results.

FrostyMD
FrostyMD

Hopefully they'll wind up with a trilogy of games and just sell a box copy.