PAX West 2017 (Sep 1-4)

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Secret Ponchos

by Switchblade Monkeys

For: pc, playstation4

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about Switchblade Monkeys

Switchblade Monkeys began as a group of friends who worked in the industry on a variety of games with different studios. Each of us realized we had all this unfulfilled creative energy that needed to be resolved. To do so, we knew we had to make something outside of the studio and corporate development environment. So we gathered the horses, circled the wagons, and got to making our passion project: Secret Ponchos.

Our goal was to make a game that would go toe to toe with the quality of any studio game while simultaneously addressing our burning need to be able to take risks and create something unique and fresh. Most importantly, our goal was to make a creative, unique game that we felt had raw appeal and that we would want to play.

Secret Ponchos takes place in a dramatic Spaghetti Western setting full of the tension, stylization and attitude reflective of a graphic-novel. In a town crawling with bandits, murderers and bounty hunters you are an outlaw with a bounty on your head and everyone is gunning to claim the prize. In order to survive you must be the best, defeating those who stand in your way–claiming their achievements as your own. How many you kill and the rewards you collect, define your legacy.

Secret Ponchos is an online combat game. Create and customize your outlaw to hunt down other players and collect the bounties on their heads. As you gain rank and level-up your outlaws abilities, the bounty on your head will rise. Watch out - the higher the price, the greater the reward for cutting you down. Players can compete in 1vs1 duels, engage in western style gang fights, or enter the fray with the Free-For-All mode. Also supported is the "couch co-op" split screen mode where you can partner up and battle against others on the same TV.

The gameplay crosses genres - creating new and innovative experiences. It is a first in that it presents the team shooter PvP combat through an overhead camera. By combining this with range and timing mechanics, Secret Ponchos unites the strategic elements of overhead camera games, the team dynamics of 1st person shooters and the responsiveness of a fighting game. The result is a new type of multiplayer combat game that feels exciting, intuitive, and strangely familiar.

Secret Ponchos is slated to launch on the PS4 April 1, and potentially on the PC (we are currently in talks with Valve) around the same time.