PixelJunk Shooter arming Dec. 10

Q Games' environmental puzzler headed to Sony's PSN next week, likely for $10; demo coming postlaunch.

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It's been nearly a year and a half since Q Games released PixelJunk Eden, the last all-new installment in its PlayStation 3-exclusive downloadable game franchise. That will soon change, though, as Q Games announced today by way of Sony's PlayStation Blog that its latest effort, PixelJunk Shooter, will be available through the PlayStation Network on December 10.

Operating for some months under the working title PixelJunk 1-4, Q Games unveiled the game's official, fan-selected name during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Slightly belying its name, PixelJunk Shooter is as much a puzzler as it is part of its titular genre.

Water+Lava=Pathway.
Water+Lava=Pathway.

The game takes place in a series of underground caverns full of water, magma, and other environmental substances that will serve as both obstacles and tools, thanks to a physics system that specializes in fluid dynamics. Players will pilot a tiny ship through the caverns, creatively using the landscape, water, and magma to help clear safe paths.

Pricing information for PixelJunk Shooter has yet to be announced. However, Q Games president and executive producer Dylan Cuthbert stated that the game will likely be available for $9.99. Cuthbert also said that a demo for the game is in the works, but it won't be available next week.

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