We’re doing a collaborative event with Happy Wars for Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA)! By playing the Bounty Hunters mode in Happy Wars, you will receive equipment styled after our Blue Knight and our Barbarian.
Also, if you have at least one unlocked Achievement from Castle Crashers, you will get one Barbarian item right away! (Not a bad deal, eh? Play more, unlock more!)
Go play Bounty Hunters game mode in Happy Wars now, and then get some shiny new blue knight’s armor or put on the horned helmet of our Barbarian!
The Castle Crashers & Happy Wars collaboration event runs from April 17th (Thursday) to April 23rd (Wednesday).
#TGIF – Thank goodness it’s Friday. Fridays = New Furbottoms Features!
This week, team up with your favorite friends and bestest enemies in the Arena Feature created by Har poutyfungus, a community member of BattleBlock Theater. Play “Death Arena 2″ playlist in BattleBlock Theater on XBLA this weekend.
And if you haven’t unlocked this flat-faced friend already, then you’ll be able to get Steamroll Victim #2 just for being logged in during an online area. Special prisoner–GET!
Now that our multiple cats are out of the bag (meow), we wanted to do a big recap of our events at PAX East 2014 and the updates we brought with us to the show. Here’s the who, what, where, when, how much, etc., of the Behemoth PAX East booth and announcements in recent PAX news:
Overall new stuff at our booth
We changed the look and layout of a few things at our booth this year. The comfy grass beneath your feet, new vinyl stickers on our newest arcade cabinets, the new screens above the gift shop–all new additions to our PAX East experience. We’ve got tons of pictures to show you! Feast your pupils on these photo sets and learn stuff about our booth:
You’ve probably seen it out on the interwebs by now, but here’s our Game 4 t-shirt:
Game 4 is a working title, like Game 3 was before it later became BattleBlock Theater. We’re developing Game 4 for Xbox One! Woot! You’ll be able to find out more misinformation throughout the year at RTX, San Diego Comic-Con, and PAX Prime!
BattleBlock Theater Steam
After two weeks of rigorous beta testing, we’ve determined that we are in fact developing a game! In true Behemoth fashion we have no current release date, BUT…we know the price. $14.99 US Dollars! Did we mention we’ll be coming to Steam for Windows first, with Linux later this year? Not yet? Well there it is! Lots to celebrate and look forward to.
Asteroid Base game, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, takes plenty of awards
If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the Indie Megabooth to visit Asteroid Base and play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, then you’re silly–but we still love you…maybe. Asteroid Base is our most recent recipient of Gold Egg Project, and all around awesome people. Their in-development game took several awards at PAX East 2014!
Tom Fulp and Will Stamper
We originally posted signing times for Friday and Saturday, but the boys decided to do an extra signing on Sunday for the fans! There were plenty of hilarious messages and drawings on people’s Behemoth gear. For one of the days, Will drew worry lines on the game characters on posters and boxes each time. “Look. He’s worried.” Other days, the two would take photos and spread the love.
All in all, a good time with the fans at Booth 512.
We’ll be building upon our booth for the upcoming shows this year as well, and we’ll update you as we go. What did you think of the new look of our booth at PAX East? Any thoughts on our recent announcements this PAX? Leave us a comment below!
Yesterday, we finished up the last day of PAX East and said goodbye to all the attendees–until next year!
Then we spent six hours tearing down the booth–from top to bottom; from projector screen to freshly rolled astroturf. Our fastest pack out to date–maybe?
View the rest of the pictures HERE to see how we broke down the booth after the hall closed. See you next year, Boston!
What goes down in and around our booth town? We’ve tried to document a few more happenings nearby around the floor for you and for the good ol’ memories.
Here’s a pretty cool shot from above our booth and beyond:
The Riot Games booth had a cosplay showcase nearby.
For more pictures from PAX East Day 2, check out the our photo set on our Flickr HERE.
Day 1 of PAX East 2014 flew by so quickly! We had non-stop lines at the booth and met lots of fans during the meet and greet with Tom Fulp and Will Stamper. They’ll actually be doing signings again today from 2-4PM if you missed them yesterday, but today is the last chance!
Visit our booth which is next to Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies. See you at Booth 512!
It always starts out like this in a convention center:
Then we add in the basics: steal, blue stuff, monitors.
Before you know it, we’ve got a full on booth equipped with arcade cabinets featuring all our titles (BattleBlock Theater, Castle Crashers, and Alien Hominid HD), a fully stocked gift shop with your favorite tees and figurines, and some special capsule machines we call the Chonku Chonku machines (they contain Pinny Arcade Pins!). Such treasures to be found all at Booth 512!
Just before the doors opened to the public this morning, we transformed the booth to a small “cafe” for the Press Hour. Media were invited and they stopped by for their morning coffee, treats, and Behemoth news. Keep your eyes out for any “Easter eggs” or nuggets of new info about our upcoming projects!
To see more pictures of set up and the Press Breakfast, click HERE.
Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater are on sale in the Xbox LIVE Arcade Marketplace for a limited time only! You can crash some castles with your friends or jump around solving puzzles and making frienemies if you fancy. The best part is that you’ll be unlocking Hatty Hattington in Castle Crashers and the Knight in BattleBlock Theater when you own both games!!!
Get the full games today for only $4.95 and spread the joyful news before April 14th!
This weekend we’ll be at PAX East for another three day adventure with our fans! In the last two weeks, we’ve revealed a few new items coming to our gift shop at Booth 512: Pinny Arcade Pins, BattleBlock Theater hats, and Troll t-shirts!
Now it’s time to reveal a bit of our schedule during this year’s PAX East:
On Friday and Saturday, you’ll have a chance to get your Behemoth gear signed by Tom Fulp and Will Stamper. Tom is a co-founder of the Behemoth and programmer for Alien Hominid & Castle Crashers. Will is best known as the narrator of BattleBlock Theater, but also sprinkled his talent in various parts of Castle Crashers including song writing, voice acting for the Ice King, and voice acting for the Industrial King.
Join us Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th @ PAX East Booth 512 between 2PM-4PM for the free autograph sessions. Our team will also be on the show floor if you just want to ask us a question or say hello.
There’s still one more special item to reveal this Friday, so be sure to check back on this blog in a few days!
Yesterday, we did a little virtual party to celebrate our BattleBlock Theater XBLA birthday! Now, we’ll continue the good times online with a new Arena Feature playlist and we’ve also re-released a prisoner as a gift to you.
Originally released on Cyber Monday last year, we have CyberMonday! If you don’t have this prisoner already, all you need to do to unlock it is sign in to Xbox LIVE, load up BattleBlock Theater, and head over to an online area.
We remember it like it was a year ago: we all got together on a boat, sailed the stormy waters looking for an island made entirely of candy, and ended up on the adventure of a lifetime. Yes, today marks the one-year-anniversary of our BattleBlock Theater release!
Our game made its debut on Xbox LIVE Arcade and now we’re nearing 500,000 players on the leaderboards! You guys and gals have put in over 8 million hours online, collecting more than 5.4 million achievements in the process! Y’all sure have been busy!
We’re also in the middle of Beta Testing the upcoming Steam version of BattleBlock Theater, so soon even more gamers will have a chance to play! So, how do we celebrate it all? Virtual party time, that’s how.
Joining the party are our awesome BBT fans, who have sent us their favorite moments and reasons for loving BattleBlock Theater! You too can join in by following our Twitter, and then tweeting with #BattleBlockTheater or #iloveBattleBlock. Here are a few of our favorite tweets so far:
@RetroRampage37 : #IloveBattleBlock because it includes a level editor, so I can practice level design! (also 2d platformers are my favorite kind of game)
All of our projects have been like virtual babies to us. As independent video game developers ourselves, we understand the importance of raising those projects from conception to physical reality in the industry. Trust us, we know babies.
This past decade as an independent video game developer has been a blessing to us and we want to share our resources with fellow developers in need. This is why we’ve created two new subdivisions of our company: The Research Centaur and Gold Egg Project.
Our in-house test and user experience teams have been around for a few years, but we’d like to announce that we’re making our UX+QA services available to external development teams too. (Hurray!) We call this branch of our family The Research Centaur. Why, you ask?
Because it’s staffed by 100% real, live Centaurs.
Or… because The Research Centaur boasts both experienced user experience and QA professionals, housed separately from The Behemoth studios. It’s a beautiful mash-up of perception and technicality, of play and methodology, of Research… and Centaur.
We’ve helped a few devs already, like Alientrap (Apotheon), Supergiant (Transistor & Bastion iOS), Capybara Games (Super Time Force), and The Behemoth (our own games, duh!). We take a boutique approach, working with a limited number of developers each year. Since we’re developers, we understand that quality of service and communication are paramount.
Please visit the Centaur’s website if you’d like to learn more about us and our services!
The Gold Egg Project is an alternative funding option for game developers with great ideas and a proven demo or game in progress. Born out of necessity and past experience, it provides an optional lifeboat in the sea of scary options currently out there. It’s your game, we just clear the roadblocks. No strings attached.
We’re excited to announce our latest recipient of the Gold Egg Project is Asteroid Base for their upcoming game, “Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.” We noticed the in-development project at PAX Prime when they received a PAX 10 award.
About the game:
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a frantic local co-op platformer-inside-a-shooter, in which players work together piloting a bright pink battleship to save planets, explore the galaxy, and fight evil robots. Players must dash back and forth between the ship’s control stations, manning turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters in order to dodge asteroids, blast enemies and liberate planets. The game could be described as Jumpman meets Asteroids meets Han saying “Don’t get cocky.”
Go check out Asteroid Base at PAX East 2014! They’ll be showing off their games at the Indie MEGABOOTH so visit Booth 776.
While we do not currently take requests for specific games to become a Gold Egg Project recipient, we pay attention to the myriad of video game competitions that exist and contact video game developers who catch our eye.
Roses are red, violets are blue, we want to make a troll out of you. At 2014 PAX East Booth 512.
You may act like it on the internet, or you may do it while you game, so why not pick up the newest t-shirts we’re bringing to PAX East and become one with the Troll? Not talking about this, and definitely not this.
We’re talking about walking away with one of these trolls on your body:
And finally, the monster of all trolls…our PAX East 2014 exclusive t-shirt! Below is a photo of the design as well as a video to show how we created this from start to finish! Video footage courtesy of our artist, Eric Haddad.
Note: We do not encourage trolling on the internet. It’s not nice.
This is not an April Fool’s Day joke!
The BattleBlock Theater Steam Beta begins today!
We’re excited to have so many people be a part of this journey to bring BBT onto PC. Our selected Beta Testers should receive their Beta keys in their inboxes (please be patient as there are thousands of emails that need to go out) and Testers will start off by doing free-play tonight. Then we’ll all work together to check different areas each day by playing a specific online section at suggested times. Our development team organized these group playthroughs with the Beta Testers so we could maximize the week-long Beta.
It’s an awesome opportunity to allow Steam users to play through our game first before it hits the store and this helps our team by giving us a more real-world test environment. We’re so grateful to all the Beta Testers for volunteering their time and hope that they enjoy this special early preview of the Steam version of BattleBlock Theater. Now, without further ado, BETA GO!
I think I’ve personally had it with this mad winter. Dropping cold temperatures and then scorching hot days in the middle of February. Make up your mind, World! We can’t control things in reality, but in the island of cats and dangers we can unlock anything. So, it’s time to get Toasty again.
If you missed Toast last year, we’re bringing it back to BattleBlock Theater XBLA as a reward to those who finish the new Furbottoms Features playlists. You can play the new Featured Solo Playlist or replay the Featured Co-Op playlist to unlock this delicious snack.
Just imagine if you encounter toast enemies with a partner as “Breakfast Face”, could you make a double-decker breakfast sand-o?!
Limited time only!
It’s that time of the year again! New goodies to reveal right before PAX East and we started off earlier this week with the PAX East Pinny Arcade pins.
We have even more BattleBlock Theater items that have never been at PAX East before this year! First, it’s a second chance to get the BattleBlock Theater Prisoner poster and Honey Hug t-shirt that first debuted at PAX Prime 2013:
Next, we knew after the Bitey Bat Hat how much our fans love headwear, especially in the colder parts of the world such as Boston (it’s very cold compared to San Diego!). Now we have two more Behemoth characters who love to gobble up players and they’ll start by sitting atop your heads! We’ll bet on your buckled trousers that you’ll stay warm on the colder sides of the polar vortex…
Introducing the plush BattleBlock Theater DuckShark and plush BattleBlock Theater Raccoon headgear designed by our very own art director, Dan Paladin, and plushsmith, Anna the Red:
Come see us at PAX East 2014 Booth 512!
Our merchandise team has been working towards the upcoming PAX East show that starts on April 11th in Boston. Penny Arcade just announced some third party pins on Friday and our new pin designs were part of that post! Look at our shiny new collectibles:
The four new pins are the second set of Pinny Arcade pins we’ve come out with. Each represent our company and games (from left to right): the Alien from Alien Hominid, The Behemoth company logo, Golden Whale from BattleBlock Theater, and Pink Knight from Castle Crashers. Pins are limited in quantity, with only one thousand of each Series Two pin!
All our Pinny Arcade pins are blind boxed in our Chonku Chonku capsule machines. PAX East attendees can buy the coins for the machine at our gift shop at Booth 512.
PAX East attendees will also have a chance to get some pins from our Series One set that we first brought to PAX Prime 2013. Series One pins are also blind boxed in Chonku Chonku machines and there are very, very limited quantities left for Series One pins, so get them soon!
Come engage in trading madness and merriment!
We hope you enjoy this week’s Arena offering. It is fun and frantic and definitely geared for the more dexterous among you. This week’s new Arena Feature is Kat Khaos 2 by Melted Cow!
The plot stew has thickened in this sequel to Kat Khaos 1, and before tasting it you should know that there are things moving in the broth. Lots of things. Hairy things, shuffling things… it’s like an undead yeti was tossed in to add a bit of kick. Which, ironically enough, is what you’ll need to add if you want to win: kicking. Kicking of (ehem, SOCCER) balls, kicking of butts… although the odd uppercut is also perfectly acceptable.
There is also sizeable slurry of stand-out moments in this Arena Playlist for those less inclined to combat however: 2 challenge levels and even an “”adventure”" level (?!). Solid entries, all three, and hey, who are we to say Melted Cow can’t put an adventure level in their arena playlist? I don’t even know what kind of rules apply for a melted cow, and this IS a free country after all. Granted, BattleBlock Theater is a terrible example, seeing as how most of its population is imprisoned.
If you have been waiting for a plum opportunity to show off the full range of your BBT skills, well, this one is so ripe that it’s begun to smell a bit. And when I say smelly, I do mean it in the best possible sense… even if it did come from a cow.
In addition to the new Arena Feature, we’ve got this guy! He’s back! And, honestly, if his head hasn’t gone back to normal by now, its probably permanent. Sorry pal.
If you haven’t heard already, we’ve just closed off the registrations for the BattleBlock Theater Steam Beta. We’ll continue reviewing the rest of the Beta Registrants this weekend, so check to see if you got Steamrolled too!
This Friday morning, March 21st, we’ll be closing off the registration form for our BattleBlock Theater Steam Closed Beta. We will start reviewing the applicants this week and start sending out acceptance emails so please keep your eye on your inboxes for that golden ticket. You know it’ll be pretty sweet! (Haha, see what we did there?) And for those who still need a bit of persuasion before signing up for the beta, check out our announcement trailer below:
Our tentative start date for Closed Beta of our Windows version of BattleBlock Theater Steam will be next week. A Closed Beta means you’ll need to register to get a beta key, but anyone 13-years-old and up are welcome to sign up!
Read all the rules and sign up here before it’s too late.
For those of you who are curious about other versions of BattleBlock Theater, we’re happy to announce that we are currently working on the Linux version of the game as well, but it will not be ready in time for the beta. The only confirmed version for Steam at this time is for Windows, and once the first PC version is out, we will focus our attention on the Linux version. Until then, don’t get too excited staring at the pot and waiting for the water to boil.
Another exciting and innovative way of playing Castle Crashers Steam Edition is coming your way by the makers of Gestureworks Gameplay! This summer, Android users will also be able to link up their devices to specific Steam games, including Castle Crashers on PC. Version 2 of Gameplay will allow players to co-op using their touch devices as the Android phones and tablets turn into fully customizable Virtual Controllers.
“Version 2 allows up to four players to be connected for use in co-op and multiplayer games. While the Virtual Controllers can emulate the joystick, buttons, D-pad, and other controls of a standard game control, the easy-to-use drag and drop interface allows for so much more customization. Opacity, size, and sensitivity can all be adjusted and there are even game-specific skins available such as for Castle Crashers with each of the four controllers showing a unique color and character from the game.”
See how you can battle Catfish and Barbarians with your friends using Gameplay 2:
Read more about Gestureworks Gameplay 2 on their blog post.