Sumo Digital have a tradition, in where members of the studio, can pitch ideas for games in what they call the Sumo Game Jam, with Snake Pass being a former winner. Today they have announced that the next winner of the little contest has been revealed and will be releasing on PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in 2019, meet Pass the Punch.
In this new 2d beat em up, players will become Rush one of the newer residence of the city of New Atlas, where the villainous King Crab and Red Velvet who are hell-bent turning Rush’s favourite hangouts into lifeless, corporate franchises. It’s up to Rush and her three friends to claim back their city for the people!
“Pass The Punch started off as my submission to a Sumo game jam,” said creator David Dino, “It calls back to some of my favourite beat ‘em ups, fighting games and animated series. I’m thrilled that Sumo decided to make it into a full game!”
The residents of New Atlas can transform into powerful beings with abilities based on their everyday lives. Rush is a gym owner who transforms into a lightspeed boxing champion and her buddy Claud is a LARPer whose foam sword grants the ability to turn into a badass berserker. Players can choose to fight as Rush, Claud, Beetle or Wizard to battle hyper-aggressive hot sauce bottles, disco-dancing mirror balls and over-affectionate ice-cream cones to name but a few of King Crab and Red Velvet’s minions.
“We have an enormous amount of creative talent in each of our seven studios and encourage every member of staff to take part in our game jams,” added Gary Dunn, Sumo Digital’s Managing Director. “David’s submission stood out for its ‘easy to learn, hard to master’ gameplay and follows in the footsteps of Snake Pass as a game jam concept that became a published product. It’s exciting and rewarding to see our teams’ imaginations deliver unique IP like this!”
Learn the moves and combos of each fighter, play solo with an AI sidekick, or in two-player local co-op. Find depth in the unique ways each character’s attacks compliment the others and “pass the punch” to create a unique ultimate attack, which changes based on which characters combine their powers. With so many punches to pass, high scores to hit, hoops to shoot, secrets to discover and extra content to unlock, Pass The Punch will keep players busy until they are TKO’d.
The game is being shown off at Gamescom, so expect to see more about it soon.