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The Gunk Dev on Xbox Exclusivity: ‘We went with the guys with the most powerful hardware’

It may have gone under the radar of many, but Steamworld developer Image & Form and publisher Thunderful announced The Gunk at last week’s Xbox Games Showcase event.

Their next project is very different from the Steamworld titles. It has been described as a third person action / adventure game and it plays a duo of gritty space transporters struggling to make money while bustling an untouched planet full of life.

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They have come to collect alien plants and other valuable resources, and they seem to have hit the jackpot … But when they begin to discover the dormant secrets of a shattered civilization, they realize they have to save the planet from the curse of a corrupt gunk parasite – while desperately holding herself back from being caught in a spiral of purulent distrust.

The Gunk is currently slated to release on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows 10 PC in the fall of 2021. In a statement, Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson explained that this is a full-fledged exclusive and that the reason was technical.

New IP, new heroes, a new development engine and an extra dimension. We’ve had to keep this close to our chest for quite some time, and as always, it’s a relief to announce the world we’re working on. We are of course very enthusiastic.

A little in the development process it became clear that The Gunk was going to cost a lot of hardware. We’ve always managed to keep our games lean, but The Gunk is about to explode spectacularly. We had to make a choice: either we dampen it significantly, or we talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware. We decided to talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware.

Below is the revealing trailer and the first gallery of in-game screenshots.

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