Indie Developer Pencil Test Studios Partners with Versus Evil to Launch ‘Armikrog’

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Indie publisher Versus Evil has been adding some impressive games to their roster. One of their latest partnerships is with Pencil Test Studios for Armikrog, the upcoming clay animated adventure game from the creators of The Neverhood. You may remember Armikrog from its successful Kickstater campaign last year, as the team raised $974,000 to develop the game. Versus Evil will be providing support on the publishing side, with a release for PC, Mac and Linux planned for early next year.

I lost track of Armikrog after its Kickstarter run, though it has been a title I am interested in trying. What I was interested to learn from this announcement was that there are some big name voice actors attached to the project. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Michael J Nelson (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), and Rob Paulson (Pinky and the Brain) have all signed on to provide voices in the game. Check out a gameplay trailer below that was released last month. It looks very fluid and captures the style the team created with The Neverhood perfectly, and I can’t wait to try Armikrog for myself!

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Independent developer Pencil Test Studios today announced their partnership with independent games publisher Versus Evil to release Armikrog on PC, Mac and Linux in early 2015. Armikrog, a ground breaking, stop motion, clay animated adventure game, is the latest creation from industry veterans Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield, the creative talent behind revered video game classics Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood.

“We’re very excited to be working with the team at Versus Evil,” said Mike Dietz, Pencil Test’s co-founder. “Having successfully gone through the challenges of securing Kickstarter funding for Armikrog, we focused all our efforts on developing the game. After chatting to Versus Evil, it quickly became clear that they were not only the right fit for us on a personal level, but that they also had the publishing experience we needed to help launch Armikrog globally.”

Featuring a host of voice talent including Jon Heder (star of Napoleon Dynamite), Michael J Nelson (star of Mystery Science Theatre 3000), and Rob Paulson (the voice of Pinky in Pinky and the Brain), Armikrog blurs the lines between traditional art forms and technology as the game follows the story of an enthusiastic space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind talking alien dog named Beak Beak. Having crash-landed on a weird planet, they find themselves locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog. This is where the real adventure begins!

“There is simply nothing like Armikrog and our team couldn’t be happier to be working with such a creative team” said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil. “It is a magical experience walking into their studio to see all the handcrafted sets, puppets and props. The combination of traditional clay sculpting with stop motion animation delivers such a unique look and an in-game aesthetic so genuine, it draws you in. The team at Pencil Test have created one of the most unique and beautiful game experiences I have ever seen.”


About Pencil Test Studios
Pencil Test Studios is an independent game development and animation production studio founded in 2009 by game industry veterans Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield. Located in Lake Forest, CA., the studio specializes in content creation, development and production services for games, mobile devices, film, and television, while offering many different animation styles including 2D, 3D, stop motion and mixed media. The studio has collaborated on numerous successful videogame franchises with high profile clients such as Disney, Pixar, and Activision, providing extensive experience and familiarity working within a wide variety of game production pipelines.


About Versus Evil
Versus Evil, LLC is a US based independent video game publisher. The company was founded on the principles of helping independent game developers be financially and creatively successful in the highly competitive video games market. Led by group of AAA games industry veterans, Versus Evil’s services include the full suite of publishing support including brand marketing, community, social, PR, creative, production, QA, legal, distribution and other general business support. As a global publisher, the Versus Evil team is strategically placed around the world with presences in California, Texas, Maryland, New York, and London and studios in North America, South America, and Europe.

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