PlayStation 3 Platformer Puppeteer Steps Out Onstage This September

By Ishaan . April 2, 2013 . 11:30am


Sony’s PlayStation 3 platformer, Puppeteer, will be released this September, the publisher announced this morning.


Developed by Sony’s Japan Studio, Puppeteer has you playing as Kutaro, who’s on a journey to get his head back from the evil Moon Bear King. Along the way, he’ll pick up other heads to serve as temporary heads until he can re-acquire his own.


Four of these heads will belong to the four legendary Moon Heroes who fought to protect the goddess from the Moon Bear King. Each head will have its own special abilities. You can watch a trailer for the game above.


Puppeteer will be available in North America on September 10th and in Europe on September 11th. The game will cost $40/€40.

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  • Ethan_Twain

    I hope this game does well. This is exactly the sort of game I wish there was more of. It’s kid friendly, artistically distinct, and very unlike the violent adrenaline filled games that dominate much of the modern video game scene.

    …that said, I think it’s gonna get absolutely KILLED in the holiday season. This is not the game I would choose to put up against Assassin’s Creed IV and Call of Duty and whatever other heavy hitters are lined up for those last few months of the year.

    • Domii

      Agreed. Although I’m pretty sure it’ll find it’s audience somehow and sell dissent. The holidays are about eating and getting eaten for games. AC4 will be eaten by COD, and COD will be swallowed by GTA5 no doubt.

      • Solomon_Kano

        That’s actually going to be an interesting battle, GTA vs COD. The last time the two went head to head, COD had yet to explode. In the time since, Black Ops 2 grossed a billion bucks even faster than James Cameron’s Avatar, becoming the biggest entertainment launch in history. Can GTA top a series with that kind of pull now? Will this be the year COD wavers? Will next-gen provide the shot in the arm that brings even more people into the fold?

        Fall is going to be a very fun time in looking at how these series grow.

        • Domii

          GTA4 crossed 20mil if I’m not mistaken. That was with a much lower install base. GTA has always been king in sales. I think COD has feasted on sales because of the long drought of a new GTA game. We shall see though.

          • Solomon_Kano

            GTA4 didn’t cross 22 million until 2011. Black Ops 2 accomplished what it did in a week.

    • sandra10

      I’m not sure how kid friendly I’d call this since Puppeteer looks more grim than what’s currently associated with kid friendly products. I mean, it does have blood in it:

      So far, I’d say Puppeteer is in lines with Escape Plan and The Unfinished Swan in that they speak more to the kids in adults rather than children themselves.

  • Dexward

    I see that Desmond has fallen into evil after being in the moon for so long.

  • Göran Isacson

    I just hope it sells well enough to earn some kind of profit as this is EXACTLY the kind I want to see more of and the thought of it being just some beautiful firework, fired off once and then stone-dead is just depressing.

    Have to say I did not see Little Bear as the villain though. I recall that the witch from the first trailer wasn’t the main boss, but the boss from that trailer didn’t look bear-like to me… wonder if I’m just misremembering, or if there were some changes to the story?

    • Solomon_Kano

      The Moon Bear King was always the main villain, though I’m not sure how much he figured into the earlier look at the game.

  • Cameron Ward

    how do you attack enemies? is it like the ol fashion platforming way of jumping on a head or do you use the scissors?

  • Solomon_Kano

    Just $40? Didn’t think I could want this anymore than I already did, but that’s great.

    • neo_firenze

      This is really a perfect kind of price-point that I see a lot of people clamoring for more of, and cements Puppeteer as a game I’ll be picking up.

      There’s room in the market for full scale retail games that might not really fit the $60 price point. It doesn’t all have to be AAA blockbusters, and we can have some well made but shorter/smaller scale games for a lower price, somewhere in between the two extremes of $60 full retail price and $10-$15 download-only title.

      Applauding Sony on this one, and hoping more developers/publishers follow their lead here.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, they did it for Sly Cooper and PSABR as well. I like how they’re opening up the pricing on their first-party titles.

  • Strain42

    Okay wait…is this a physical game? For some reason I was lead to believe that it was Digital Download only. If it’s the latter, $40 seems a bit high…but either way, I’m still pretty excited for this.

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