On the 7th of November indie developer Pencil Test Studios announced a partnership with indie games publisher Versus Evil for the release of “Armikrog”: a clay-based stop-motion adventure game to be released on PC, Mac and Linux early 2015.
The game is being developed by industry veterans Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield, the creative talent behind classics Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood. “We’re very excited to be working with the team at Versus Evil,” said Mike Dietz, “Having successfully gone through the challenges of securing Kickstarter funding for Armikrog, we focused all of our efforts on developing the game.”
There is simply nothing like Armikrog and our team couldn’t be happier to be working with such a creative developer
The title boasts a wide ranger of voice talent such as Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Michael J Nelson (Mystery Science Theatre 3000) and Rob Paulson (Pinky and the Brain). The concept seems very interesting: blending ‘claymation’ and classic adventure point-and-click gameplay as you guide the protagonist “Tommynaut” and his blind talking alien dog “Beak beak” through a fortress (Armikrog) on a planet they’ve crash landed on.
“There is simply nothing like Armikrog and our team couldn’t be happier to be working with such a creative developer” said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil. “It is a magical experience walking into their studio to see all the handcrafted sets, puppets and props. The combination of traditional clay sculpting with stop motion animation delivers such a unique look and an in-game aesthetic so genuine, it draws you in. The team at Pencil Test have created one of the most unique and beautiful game experiences I have ever seen.”
Pencil Test Studios was formed in 2009 by the previously mentioned Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield. It is located in Lake Forest, CA., and the studio specializes in game development and animation production. They’ve collaborated on numerous successful video game franchises with high profile clients such as Disney, Pixar and Activision. Versus Evil, LLC is a US based independent game publisher. Led by a group of AAA games industry veterans, Versus Evil provides a complete publishing solution for indie devs including brand marketing, community, social, PR, creative, production, QA, legal, distribution and other general business support. They publish games globally and have offices in both the USA and England.