EA and Klei Entertainment Join Forces to create SHANK

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News from EA, they have teamed up with Klei Entertainment to bring us SHANK !! What’s shank you say… well read the press release below to find out more 🙂 

EA Partners, a division of EA and award-winning independent development studio Klei Entertainment announced today an exclusive publishing agreement to bring the provocative new game Shank to Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC this summer. Featuring a unique art style inspired by graphic novels and golden age comics, Shank blends the intensity of classic 2D side-scrolling action games with a gripping and mature storyline.  The cinematic brawler is a finalist for “Excellence in Visual Art” at this year’s Independent Games Festival and will be featured at the IGF Pavilion during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

“Our mission at EA Partners is to work with the best talent across the game industry, and we are thrilled to extend our expertise to the leading creative developers in downloadable indie games,” said Jamil Moledina, Outreach Director, Business Development at EA Partners.  “The team at Klei Entertainment is among the best in the world at developing fun and engaging titles for digital distribution platforms, and Shank is an amazing experience.”

“As an independent development studio, we always focus on creating great, authentic experiences for players. Working with EA Partners expands our distribution and allows us to bring Shank to a much wider audience,” said Jamie Cheng, CEO of Klei Entertainment. “They have been a fantastic partner and their understanding of the space is incredibly exciting.”

Taking place in a stylized, modern-Western setting, Shank tells a classic betrayal story directed through a sophisticated cinematic lens, with addictive action gameplay found in classic 2D side-scrolling games.  Klei Entertainment was represented in the deal by CAA.  For more information on Shank, please visit the Official Site and follow the development team on Twitter at klei.

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  1. The characters and the background don’t look like they go together, at least not in this screenshot. Hopefully Shank will live up to the Summer of Arcade legacy.

  2. I had the same impression looking at this screen, but after seeing some trailers and gameplay videos, the characters and the background merges really well on them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uQv6blO350&hd=1

    The animation looks really smooth too. Shank is really promising.

  3. The trailer looks good. This is a game I would enjoy. Thanks for the info.

  4. Looks interestin…reminds me of full throttle…though they are totally different genres

  5. I heard about this game awhile ago, looks pretty good.

  6. i will have to look into this

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