Hothead Games to Publish New Ron Gilbert Game DeathSpank

    Gilbert joins the Vancouver crew as Creative Director

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 9 /CNW/ -- 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."
    "I'm really excited to be working with Hothead Games not only on
DeathSpank, but as their new Creative Director," said Gilbert.  "I got to know
everyone at Hothead while I was helping with On the Rain-Slick Precipice of
Darkness.  They really understand humor and being creative like very few
publishers do."
    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.
    About Hothead Games: Hothead Games is an independent game development
studio based in Vancouver, Canada and staffed entirely by industry veterans.
The company is committed to creating top quality games for the experienced
gamer. Hothead is best known for its upcoming RPG-adventure game series, On
the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, based on the widely popular online Penny
Arcade comic strip. Hothead self-publishes its titles with a focus on offering
accessible game play and episodic content through digital distribution.

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Carnes of Flash Fire Communications, 
1-866-205-5670, ext. 500,, for Hothead Games

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