Hothead Games to Publish Ron Gilbert's DeathSpank

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Hothead Games and Ron Gilbert have announced that they will be collaborating on DeathSpank: Episode One: Orphans of Justice, Ron Gilbert’s long-awaited RPG-Adventure game. Described as “Monkey Island meets Diablo“, the game will be released in episodic format and feature Gilbert’s unique style of humor and storytelling. The episodic game follows the thong-tastic adventures of a misguided hero named DeathSpank, a character that first appeared on Gilbert’s Grumpy Gamer web site in a series of animated comics.

Ron will be Creative Director for the game, and stated that he has “spent over four years trying to find the right publisher for this strange little game. Now that I’ve done it, you just know that somewhere four horsemen are saddling up.” How right you are Ron! You may recall that Hothead Games are also the evil masterminds behind the upcoming Penny Arcade game On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness which they revealed at PAX 2007 in August.

“We’re all huge fans of Monkey Island and we love Ron’s unique vision and sense of humor,” said Joel DeYoung, COO of Hothead Games. “Ron shares Hothead’s goal of bringing much-needed humor and innovation into games, so having him here in Vancouver as our Creative Director is an excellent fit.”

For the full dose of Ron’s unusual but fantastic humor, you can view the full press release after the break, or head on over to Grumpy Gamer for his take on this soul chilling news.

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The Great White North (January 9, 2008) – In a move that may upset the balance of the universe (or at least that around the 49th parallel), Hothead Games announced plans to publish Ron Gilbert’s long-awaited RPG-Adventure game, DeathSpank. Described as “Monkey Island meets Diablo“, the game will be released in episodic format and feature Gilbert’s unique style of humor and storytelling. In a related move, Ron Gilbert will be joining the company’s Vancouver-based studio as Creative Director, effective immediately.

Speaking from his secret game design cave, Ron Gilbert said, “I’ve spent over four years trying to find the right publisher for this strange little game. Now that I’ve done it, you just know that somewhere four horsemen are saddling up.”

The episodic game follows the thong-tastic adventures of a misguided hero named DeathSpank, a character that first appeared on Gilbert’s Grumpy Gamer website in a series of animated comics he penned with long-time creative collaborator, Clayton Kauzlaric.

Hothead prepared for Gilbert’s arrival by ordering the finest morsels of jellied moose meat and lager brewed with water from the nearest available glacier. “We’re all huge fans of Monkey Island and we love Ron’s unique vision and sense of humor,” said Joel DeYoung, COO of Hothead Games. “Ron shares Hothead’s goal of bringing much-needed humor and innovation into games, so having him here in Vancouver as our Creative Director is an excellent fit.”

As Creative Director, Gilbert will work in the Vancouver-based studio on all of Hothead’s games. He is also expected to improve his hockey skills substantially during his stay.

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