Hello everyone! A brief but important announcement today: your first look at the official Venus Patrol logo! Let's not waste any time!
BEHOLD: CORY SCHMITZ HAS DESIGNED THE LOGO FOR VENUS PATROL
I've been extremely lucky enough to work with designer Cory Schmitz not just on the logo, but on the entire visual design of Venus Patrol from top to bottom -- as well as a number of related side projects I still have yet to announce -- so consider this just the first taste of a lot of more amazing visuals to come.
What's the meaning behind the message? I wanted a logo that gave a sense of a "search", a sense of a "broadcast", and something that would be instantly arresting -- something that would express that almost inexpressible sense of "BARELY AUDIBLE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS ABOUT SUPER COOL SEXY AWESOME INDIE GAMES MUSIC ART COMIX CULTURE FROM THE FIRST OUTPOST ON ANOTHER WORLD", and I'm pretty positive that he nailed it. It also doesn't hurt that that "eye" is now firmly established as a recurring theme throughout all things Venus Patrol, from Mikko Walamies' logo subtly embedded in the Kickstarter T-shirts to Vlambeer's GUN GODZ.
I'll have a whole bunch of these (glow in the dark!) buttons available at the upcoming Gaite Lyrique show and other events down the road. Be sure to stop by & pick one up! Oh, and speaking of:
SOUND SHAPES WILL BE APPEARING AT THE GAITE LYRIQUE'S VENUS PATROL EXHIBIT
I mentioned in the last update that there was one final game that I'd be bringing with me to the Gaite Lyrique show, and I'm excited to say that it will be Queasy Games' SOUND SHAPES. There are a lot of reasons why, most notably that it's doing amazing work at beautifully blending art + music + game culture: more or less the MO of Venus Patrol itself.
There are myriad other familial ties: level design & production by Mathew Kumar of exp. renown, music and art by #sworcery's Jim Guthrie and Superbrothers (in addition to exclusive new tracks by Beck and co-designer Shaw-Han Liem, of long-time favorite I Am Robot And Proud), and art direction by none less than Cory Schmitz himself.
In fact, if you pre-order the game on the PlayStation Network now, you get this super beautiful PS3 theme designed by Cory, as well. More details on that are on this Mathew-penned update on the Sony blog right over here.
OK! Stay tuned for one more important announcement tomorrow -- you can get a hint of what that might be by looking up at tonight's sky...
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An exclusive Venus Patrol PC/tablet/mobile wallpaper painted by KATAMARI DAMACY & NOBY NOBY BOY creator Keita Takahashi, plus a pack of MINECRAFT character skins created by Pendleton Ward, creator of the Emmy-nominated animated TV series ADVENTURE TIME. Be part of the original Venus Patrol crew and get private updates on all progress leading up to launch.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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All of the above, plus four games available exclusively through this Kickstarter: three new games from Adam Saltsman (creator of CANABALT), Vlambeer (the developers behind SUPER CRATE BOX & RADICAL FISHING) & Superbrothers (creators of iPhone cult hit SWORD & SWORCERY EP), and JOHANN SEBASTIAN JOUST, from Die Gute Fabrik.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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All of the above plus a massive batch of physical goods, including: the Moon Grotto 7", a vinyl EP featuring "hidden" music & remixes from SWORD & SWORCERY EP composed by Scientific American -- exp.-3: a limited edition of Mathew Kumar's videogame culture 'zine -- an exclusive deck of 'Monster Mii' trading cards from comic book artist James Kochalka -- an embroidered Venus Patrol patch featuring a design by Montreal-based artist Devine Lu Linvega -- and many more awesome bonus objects.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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All of the above, plus series one of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)", five 5"x3" giclee prints created by Scott C, illustrator and artist at Double Fine, the studio behind games like PSYCHONAUTS, BRUTAL LEGEND, COSTUME QUEST, TRENCHED & ONCE UPON A MONSTER. Series one features Scott's take on TETRIS, BURGERTIME, RAMPAGE, GHOSTS 'N GOBLINS and FROGGER.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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All of the above, plus series two of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)", five 5"x3" giclee prints created by illustrator Scott C. Series two features Scott's take on: DONKEY KONG, PUNCH-OUT!!, DOUBLE DRAGON, DIG DUG, and MOON PATROL.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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Absolutely everything on offer through this Kickstarter: both series of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)" prints, ten total 5"x3" giclee prints featuring artwork by illustrator Scott C, and all of the games, records, zines, wallpapers & all else you see above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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Intended as a 'studio sponsorship' level prize, this level includes all of the above, plus thirty days of placement as the only advertisement on Venus Patrol. We will work directly with you to present an ad integrated directly & prominently into the design of the site. Check the main Kickstarter description to see which months are still available, choose your message, and get in touch with any other questions! As a bonus, you also get a year's subscription to Pixelate's Promoter, the web app custom designed for indie game developers to manage all their press & promotions.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011