THQ doubles down with Double Fine

Publisher announces second downloadable project from Brutal Legend dev for early 2011, confirms Costume Quest for XBLA, PSN this fall.

Double Fine founder and CEO Tim Schafer indicated during a talk at Develop 2010 last month that his studio would be following up Brutal Legend with four downloadable titles. Yesterday, reports surfaced that the first of those games would be Costume Quest, a quest-based combat game to be published by THQ this fall. Today, THQ officially confirmed Costume Quest, announcing also that it would publish a second Double Fine project in early 2011.

Costume Quest will lead Double Fine's downloadable charge.

Details on Double Fine and THQ's second project remain largely under wraps. However, the publisher did note that it will be a third-person adventure game that will see release via download. According to THQ EVP Martin Good, the game also has "potential appeal" to both core and casual audiences.

THQ was far less tight-lipped about Costume Quest, however. As reported yesterday, the game will be an adventure role-playing game that plays out on Halloween night. Gamers find themselves among a group of young friends who travel about during All Hallows' Eve, collecting candy, cards, and quest assignments from denizens of his neighborhood.

Adding in a mystical element, players will also be able to metamorphosis into their costume of choice, giving them the ability to battle or outwit creatures of the night. A variety of costumes are in the game, and each comes with its own special attributes and powers.

Costume Quest is expected to release this fall for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

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GREENSLIPPERS
GREENSLIPPERS

i would think october release, cant wait looks great.

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

its a shame that a company that created psychonauts and brutal legend have now restricted themselves to smaller scale/budge games that are more accessible. Just shows how ungrateful the gaming world is and they simply follow hype like a flock of sheep.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Brutal Legend was a massive disappointment. Hopefully these new games will help repair Double Fine's reputation.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

still gutted that Brutal Legend 2 was cancelled, but i guess this might make up for it........

thattotally
thattotally

I like the idea of an adventure role-playing game, hope it turns out to be good!

Chiyou
Chiyou

@ mrzero1982pt2 I have a huge amount of respect for Tim Schafer, hes a genious in my opinion... although Brutal Legend was a let down in the gameplay department.

taxonomic
taxonomic

Double down is just gambling lingo that basically means you are doubling your bet, in other words doubling your risk because you believe you can make a bigger reward/profit out of that risk. It's basically saying they feel that taking a risk with Double Fine will reward them greatly in the end. The game reminds me of Super Mario RPG, actually. I won't knock it, since Schafer knows what he's doing. Also, ease up on him, they wouldn't let him do a Brutal Legend 2, so he really has no choice.

Terrajuta
Terrajuta

@mrzero1982pt2 I only stated what I think the public reaction is going to be when they hear of this title. I never said anything about the game itself, and knowing the developers, it's probably going to be really fun and clever.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@Terrajuta and @chiyou i am pretty sure they really do not care. seriously. people like you kinda anger me. you dis a game before you even put your hands around your controller. if you do not like it, why not try it first. didnt your parents ever tell you "try it before you give an opinion?" just wait until the game is released before you get all up in arms and act like opinionated babies? and @spOOoOOn double down means... "shacking up" or something of the like

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

"THQ doubles down with Double Fine".. what the hell does that even mean?

Chiyou
Chiyou

soo... a game where you play dress up to defeat monsters?... Pretty sure i've done that in Mario

Terrajuta
Terrajuta

Costume Quest? That's a horrible title guys! People are going to dismiss this as a little girl's my little pony kind off game.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Sounds alright, but I'm turned off by the art style.

4quarters
4quarters

Brutal Legend 2 cancelled for Costume Quest.......I'm crying, will never buy another Tim Schaffer game again!!!!