Ariel Angelotti, assistant producer at developer Q-Games, answers questions from the PlayStation Community about the latest title in the PixelJunk series, PixelJunk Shooter 2.
Is it possible to play multiplayer in the story mode? (European_Gamer, Scandinavia)
There is local co-op play available in Adventure Mode - the main story mode of PixelJunk Shooter 2. Playing through Adventure Mode with friends or family is such a blast that we would have loved to have included an online co-op play option. The reason we decided not to was so could put our attention, energy and a whole lot of love into Online Battle, our online multiplayer mode.
In the multiplayer mode, is it possible to play against each other locally? (papet07, UK)
We don't have an option for local Online Battle play, and as soon as you play it, you'll see why! We found the deathmatch style of gameplay didn't work with the PixelJunk Shooter feel. Plus, it simply wasn't much fun. Instead, we created a unique, cat-and-mouse multiplayer mode. Stealth is an essential element in Online Battle, as there's an emphasis on attempting to remain hidden from your opponent as you rack up points. I'm afraid playing locally would miss the point - and fun! - of Online Battle.
Is this game going to be longer than PixelJunk Shooter? (KKnot, Spain)
We think PixelJunk Shooter 2 is quite a sizeable game. For starters, we have Online Battle to add hours of play to the lovely package we've prepared for you - and there's a whole lot more! Adventure Mode is longer and more challenging than the first game, and, while I don't want to give anything away, I will say there's a special something awaiting dedicated players with the skills to find all hidden treasure in the game.
Do you think that in the future, all the PixelJunk games could be compiled on a Blu-ray Disc? (westdogg57, France)
We don't have plans for a Blu-ray Disc PixelJunk package, but it sounds like a pretty good idea!
Can we expect PixelJunk Shooter 3 in the future? (westdogg57, France)
It might be a bit early to start talking about the possibility of PixelJunk Shooter 3, but who knows? If there's enough outpouring of love for PixelJunk Shooter 2, I guess anything is possible.
Will there be a chance to win PlayStation Home items? (xWisnia_PL, Poland)
Of course there will! We've included a free item which unlocks after accomplishing a certain task in the game. As for the item itself, you can use it to spruce up your PlayStation Home digs and give it that nice PixelJunk Shooter feel!
Will PixelJunk Shooter 2 be released on any other PlayStation devices, such as PSP, or will it remain exclusive to PlayStation 3? (Martyshka, Russia)
Our current plans are to have it remain a PlayStation 3 exclusive, but the future holds so many possibilities. I guess you'll have to keep an eye out for any Q-Games news in the future. Who knows what wonderful, PixelJunk goodness the future holds.
You can download PixelJunk Shooter 2 from PlayStation Store from 2 March 2011 and delve into the belly of the beast to rescue stranded scientists.