Bugsnax Release Date and Voice Cast

October 8, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Over the summer, we compiled all the information we had at the time about Bugsnax, the quirky upcoming game from Young Horses that has drawn inspiration from Ape Escape, Dark Cloud, Pikmin 3, and other various titles to create a creature-catching, town-restoring game that has captured the imaginations of many expectant players.

Now we know exactly when we’ll be able to experience the weirdness and wonders of Bugsnax for ourselves. Bugsnax will be available on November 12 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store. It costs $24.99, and pre-orders are available now.

Alongside the release date announcement, a new trailer was released introducing the cast of characters in Bugsnax, as well as the actors who voice them. This is our first major look at the characters we’ll be interacting with in the game, so be sure to check it out.

That’s not all, however. Some sites have been able to preview the game, giving us our first taste of Bugsnax gameplay. GameSpot released a 31-minute gameplay preview video showing the start of the game, so that’s definitely something to watch if you’re curious about what Bugsnax is like, as it features character interactions, Bugsnax observation, and other important aspects of gameplay.

Bugsnax is shaping up to be quite a different title than the developers’ previous game, Octodad, and it’s just over a month away. Will you be playing Bugsnax when it releases on November 12?

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What Is Bugsnax?

July 1, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

The PlayStation 5 showcase included the reveal of a brand-new game from Young Horses, the developer of 2014’s bizarre game Octodad: Dadliest Catch, a game that tasked you with completing normal household chores and activities while hiding the fact that you are an octopus.

With that title to their name, a new title from Young Horses will probably be a strange one, and the newly-announced Bugsnax was revealed with a quirky, documentary-style trailer that left viewers with one big question: what is it?

The trailer, while cute and amusing (and featuring a catchy song by the British pop band Kero Kero Bonito), did little to explain the gameplay of Bugsnax. Fortunately, the developers have since revealed some more information about their upcoming game.

Bugsnax is a first-person adventure game in which you travel to Snaktooth Island at the invitation of the explorer Elizabert Megafig, only to find that she’s disappeared and her helpers are scattered across the island. According to the official website, you will need to explore the island to find and reunite these characters, hunt down and capture 100 species of Bugsnax, and use caught Bugsnax to customize characters with different looks.

When listing inspirations for the game, programmer/producer Kevin Geisler named Viva Piñata, Pokémon Snap, Ape Escape, and Dark Cloud. Creative director Kevin Zuhn listed Pikmin 3, The Muppet Show, Adventure Time, and BioShock.

Putting together the inspiration and the provided gameplay details, we can start to imagine how Bugsnax will play. The Ape Escape inspiration, for example, is most likely in reference to how you track down and capture Bugsnax, while the Dark Cloud inspiration refers to the city-building aspect of reuniting the island’s inhabitants. The BioShock inspiration is the trickiest to pin down, although Zuhn later explained in an interview with GameRevolution that it’s how Bugsnax involves setting traps and interacting with the world.

Some fans think Bugsnax is secretly a horror game, using its cheerful, upbeat presentation as a disguise for a darker story. Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Bugsnax, but it’s much less of a mystery now than when it was first revealed. It’s due out in the fourth quarter of 2020, so we should see plenty more Bugsnax gameplay between now and then. What do you think of Bugsnax so far?

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