PlayStation Vita

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD Announced For PlayStation Vita


Double Eleven, the studio that developed Limbo and LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita, are being entrusted with bringing another game to the device—Q Games’ PixelJunk Monsters.


PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD is being developed for the Vita, and Double Eleven COO Mark South shares that the game includes the “Encore” expansion, as well as all the extra towers, enemies, and levels from the Deluxe edition on PSP. The game will also feature updated visuals and touch screen support.


“When we first began planning Ultimate HD with the guys at Q-Games, our ideas spun off in many different directions,” South reveals. “Initially, we considered opening Pandora’s Box by tweaking the gameplay, doing things like (gasp!) introducing checkpoints in between attack waves. Why? Because we wanted to reduce the game’s legendary difficulty that, at times, made us want to rage quit by hurling our PS Vita across the development room (it’s carpeted, don’t worry).”


“But after we discussed our ideas with Q-Games, and tried out a few potential solutions, it became clear that the sense of pride you gained in “rainbowing” (perfectly completing) a level would become somewhat less satisfying. In Monsters, you earn your rainbows and that’s it. So we agreed that our ultimate edition would stay focused on remaking the visuals for Vita’s awesome OLED screen, introducing touchscreen controls that complimented the gameplay, and compiling everything featured in the PS3 and PSP versions.”


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.