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Registration now open for The Behemoth's Pit People closed beta
1 month ago

Registration now open for The Behemoth's Pit People closed beta

Registration has now begun for the upcoming closed beta for Pit People. The turn-based strategy game marks the fourth release from indie darlings The Behemoth, best known for their smash …
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Long-awaited ID@Xbox games coming this year
4 months ago

Long-awaited ID@Xbox games coming this year

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Earlier this week, ID@Xbox Director Chris Charla wrote a post on Xbox Wire updating everyone on the state of ID@Xbox. He outlined a lot of new things on the horizon, including a transition towards cross-network …
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Pit People getting closed beta this summer
5 months ago

Pit People getting closed beta this summer

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The Behemoth’s Production Coordinator Ian Moreno told Xbox Wire that their newest game, Pit People, will be getting a closed beta this summer.

Pit People, the fourth game from …
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The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016
7 months ago

The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016

Another year has come and gone, and with 2015 now firmly in the rearview, it's time to look forward to the biggest Xbox One game releases of 2016. Well, the …
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Castle Crashers Remastered review: Long live the king
11 months ago

Castle Crashers Remastered review: Long live the king

Once upon a time in the far off kingdom of XBLA, there was a sacred ritual known as the Summer of Arcade. While the annual tradition is now lost to …
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Castle Crashers Remastered preview: Unlearn what you have learned
11 months ago

Castle Crashers Remastered preview: Unlearn what you have learned

The Behemoth Community Manager Megan Lam isn't going to make it. She's mashing the four oversized buttons on the arcade cabinet in front of her as wildly as one might …
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The Behemoth's Game 4 is now Pit People
1 year ago

The Behemoth's Game 4 is now Pit People

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The Behemoth has finally unveiled the official name of what was previously known only as Game 4: Pit People.

According to The Behemoth, Pit People was the name the …
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Castle Crashers Remastered crash landing on Xbox One this summer
1 year ago

Castle Crashers Remastered crash landing on Xbox One this summer

The Behemoth are bringing their classic RPG beat 'em up Castle Crashers to Xbox One this summer. The new Castle Crashers Remastered will feature various performance updates including an …
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The Behemoth's Game 4 preview: Flying circus
1 year ago

The Behemoth's Game 4 preview: Flying circus

Like most worlds The Behemoth has created, that of Game 4 is a little outrageous and more than a little deranged. If you know anything at all about the studio's fourth game, it's probably that a gargantuan, six-limbed, space-faring bear has slammed into the planet and unleashed all manner of chaos. So comically massive is this Goro-like animal that it's a wonder anything on the hapless planet it strikes survives the impact. But survive some inhabitants do; after all, it would be more than a bit tricky to build a turn-based strategy game without a plethora of units to conscript and command.

Though the early section of Game 4 on display at PAX East is brief, we see or hear about units as varied as humans, trolls, robots and some sort of living cupcake creatures. Yeah, cupcakes. Playes are given control of Horatio, a simple blueberry farmer and father of one. The extravagantly mustachioed Horatio is forced to take up arms when a band of "Child Eaters" threatening to — what else? — eat his child show up alongside an unseen narrator hurling threats at him. Before you know it, green bear blood pours down from the sky and destroys Horatio's house, killing his son in the process. It's as dark as it sounds.

At least, it would be if not for the fact that Game 4 is also utterly goofy. In a repeat performance from his turn in The Behemoth's BattleBlock Theater, narrator Will Stamper uses his absurd, tangent-filled rants to bring the funnies while also making you question whether or not it's appropriate to chuckle after witnessing a child being disintegrated by caustic alien bear blood. Of course, this sort of irreverence is nothing new for The Behemoth. Castle Crashers had poop-propelled deer mounts, a literal catfish that coughed up hairball projectiles and princess make-out sessions. Then there was BattleBlock Theater, for which the setup was a group of anthropomorphic cat overlords forcing shipwrecked sailors to perform in a deadly game show. Game 4 is clearly being made from the same mold.

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Game 4 Ship

Dan Paladin has served as the main art director for all of The Behemoth's games, and it shows. But you get the sense that even were Game 4 bereft of Paladin's bright and charming visuals, you'd still pick up on the connection to the studio's other games, despite the fact that they are all set in different genres. Production Coordinator Ian Moreno agrees that The Behemoth's titles all carry a similar tone, but he's not entirely sure how that happens. Or even whether or not it's on purpose.

"It's very much…" he says before pausing a few seconds to search for the answer, "there's an overall feel and vibe. It's not just a platformer or a shooter or a turn-based strategy [game]. There's always more to it, and, yeah, that's a really tough question. I think it's just in our DNA, whether it's the humor and the way we present things, we like to present things very differently.

"When you look at say, how we design our HUD or something, it has to have a little more nuance to it, whether the nuance is just humor or is just offbeat or different."

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Get a sneak peek at The Behemoth's Game 4 next week
2 years ago

Get a sneak peek at The Behemoth's Game 4 next week

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The Behemoth has been careful to only reveal information about its next game at a slow trickle. The developer elected not to show or tell the press or public …
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