06.02.20BELOW – New EXPLORE mode & PS4 version announced!


Hello, Wanderers –

It’s hard to believe BELOW launched just over a year ago! Our haunting survival-roguelike may have been the most challenging CAPY game ever. We had the opportunity in 2019 to launch Grindstone, our quirky puzzle-battler, as well as to reflect on BELOW, and listen carefully to feedback about the final game.

 

As time passed, one thing became resoundingly clear: people loved the brooding tone and melancholic atmosphere of the Isle, and we wanted to provide a way for players to experience that world without necessarily having to overcome the brutal test of endurance required to fully experience the world of BELOW.

 

This is what led us to create the EXPLORE mode of the game, which will be released with the upcoming PS4 version of the game this spring.  (Xbox One and Steam players will receive the mode in future updates, as well.)

 

 

The new EXPLORE mode tweaks and rebalances the game to present an experience that we think will be more approachable for many – and maybe even offer veteran players a way to return and relive their original adventure with less punishment.

 

At the end of the day, we’re excited for this mode (and the PS4 version we’ve just announced) to open the game up to even more players.  And for the purists out there – don’t worry! The original experience has been preserved as SURVIVE mode, untouched and as unforgiving as ever.  Whatever mode you choose, the world of BELOW won’t give up its secrets easily…

 

Thanks to all you Wanderers who have been with us since the beginning – and welcome to anyone new to the fold.  We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new mode when it launches this Spring.

 

In the meantime, here is a more detailed breakdown of changes you can expect to see in EXPLORE mode:

 

  • EXPLORE changes to survival
    • No Hunger or Thirst
    • Can’t drink puddles or bottles
    • Bottles still need to be filled with water for cooking soup
    • Soups restore health
    • Death’s door teleport to island
      • Avoids the issue of jumping down without enough lamp juice to open the door
  • EXPLORE World Entity changes
    • Fire Pillars
      • Chance to drop embers
      • Fires don’t burn out until you die
      • Invincible, can’t be broken with bombs
    • No one-hit deaths
    • No iron maiden
  • EXPLORE Damage Changes
    • All damage is bleed damage, giving the player time to stop the bleeding
  • EXPLORE Checkpoints/Campfires
    • Don’t clear after use
    • Still only one active at a time
  • Mode-specific Saves
    • New Save slot for EXPLORE
    • New SURVIVE mode on main menu (original mode)
      • Existing progress saved as SURVIVE mode slot

 

 

30.12.19BYE 2019! ONWARD TO 2020!


2019 is finally over! Now it’s time for CAPY to look forward to a New Year! The Future Year of 2020! This past year was quite a doozy! Here are some of our highlights from 2019, in a nutshell:

We released Grindstone on Apple Arcade and watched it end up on a lot of Best of 2019 lists, and even receive a hefty handful of award nominations, including Mobile Game of the Year at the The Game Awards, EDGE Magazine’s Mobile Game of the Year, Best Mobile Game of the Year from the New York Game Awards and many more! Our little puzzle-battler that we cooked in the background of our studio for so many eons finally crystallized into something special and found a lot of love! Even the incredible soundtrack by Sam Webster received a ton of praise! The response to Grindstone’s release by fans and critics alike has been amazing and we’d like to thank everyone who helped bring that game to the finish line, and a big thanks to the all the Grindstone Fans!

BELOW also enjoyed a little bit of accolades this year. Our dark & deadly dungeon crawler was part of BitSummit’s Official Selection in Kyoto this year, and was nominated for a bunch of awards, including Vermillion Best of Show Award, Excellence in Game Design & Excellence in Sound Design, which was super nice to see. BELOW was also nominated for a Golden Joystick for Xbox Game of the Year. BELOW’s soundtrack, which received a beautiful Double LP release from Jim Guthrie won Soundtrack of the Year from VGM WAX. Thanks to everyone who played & enjoyed BELOW!

2019 was also the first year in a looooong while that saw us start a whole new, super-exciting project! We can’t wait to get deeper into its production throughout 2020, though you won’t be hearing about it any time soon… But still, it feels super refreshing for our studio to kick off a New Year on a brand new idea. So here’s to a GREAT 2020, new beginnings & blessings to come! Best Wishes from everyone at CAPY!

10.12.19GRINDSTONE NOMINATED FOR VIDEO GAME AWARD!


We’re super proud to announce that Grindstone, our new Apple Arcade game, has been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year by the Video Game Awards! Regardless of who wins, we’re super honoured & ecstatic to be nominated! The response to Grindstone from fans and critics alike has been amazing, and this nomination is a nice way for us to end our year! Congrats and good luck to all the nominations!

30.09.19GRINDSTONE LAUNCHES ON APPLE ARCADE!


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It seems like eons since we’ve released a new puzzle game, but at long last… GRINDSTONE IS UNLEASHED! Play it now on all your shiny Apple devices via Apple Arcade!

**** GRAB GRINDSTONE ON APPLE ARCADE! ****

**** OFFICIAL SITE: WWW.GRINDSTONEGAME.COM ****

**** PRESS KIT! ****

GRINDSTONE is a game of sword-slashing puzzle battles from the award-winning creators of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Critter Crunch!

Grindstone Mountain is overrun with vicious Creeps! Slay your way up its treacherous peak where fortune, glory (and death) awaits!

It’ll take sharp puzzle skills and an even sharper blade to cleave your way through the swarms of bloodthirsty Creeps dwelling within Grindstone’s dungeons. Battle bosses, loot resources, discover long-lost blueprints for powerful gear, all while cleaving the innards from your deadly foes! 150 levels of intense puzzle-battling madness!

14.12.18BELOW IS OUT NOW ON XBOX ONE & STEAM


OFFICIAL WEBSITE

BELOW is finally here. Capy’s dark & dangerous survival adventure is out now on Steam & XBOX One.

BUY IT NOW ON STEAM HERE
BUY IT NOW ON XBOX ONE HERE

No text, no hints: Delve into BELOW’s underworld if you dare… and remember to bring a light…

05.12.18BELOW LAUNCHES DEC. 14


Explore the Depths of a mysterious isle when BELOW launches on Xbox One & Steam on December 14th, 2018.

Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s procedural subterranean labyrinths. Explore a large, interconnected underworld crawling with cunning creatures, deadly traps, and something… else. Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies BELOW

Wishlist BELOW on Steam here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/250680/BELOW/

23.01.18OK K.O.! LET’S PLAY HEROES OUT NOW NOW NOWWW!


OKKO!

Capy’s playable-cartoon meets adventure game meets robot-bashing-brawler is out today across the world! Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, plays as K.O. as he combos and power-moves his way through hordes of evil Boxmore bots on an epic quest to save Lakewood Plaza Turbo from the maniacal Lord Boxman.

**** GET IT HERE ON PLAYSTATION 4 ****

**** GET IT HERE ON XBOX ONE ****

**** GET IT HERE ON STEAM FOR PC ****

Capy loves cartoons. We’ve been inspired by them since our studio began. We’re so thrilled to have had the chance to collaborate with Ian Jones-Quartey (of Steven Universe & Adventure Time fame), Toby Jones (of Regular Show fame) & Cartoon Network (of all the best cartoons fame) on OK KO.

And we brought some of our own collaborators, too. The amazing soundtrack comes courtesy of doseone, our great friend and creator of some of our favorite music. The ultra-great cutscene animations (all 30+mins of it) were created by our friends at Exit 73 Studios. The punchy, cartoony sound effects were created by our prolific pals at Power Up Audio. And the console versions were handled by the finest of folks at Radial Games.

11.01.18OK K.O.! ARRIVES JANUARY 23RD ON PS4, X1 & STEAM


Capy’s collaboration with Ian Jones-Quartey, Toby Jones & Cartoon Network Games is headed your way shortly! Check out the new gameplay trailer and play it with your own fingers on January 23rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Steam.

22.12.17CAPY’S GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017


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OK folks, 2017 is all but done, so it’s time for us to make our annual list. All the folks at Capy chose their fav 3 titles, and here are the results:

CAPY GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017 – THE TOTALLY NOT SURPRISING WINNER

ZELDA WINS

Almost 50% of the studio voted for Zelda, and it got more votes than most of the other titles combined. Nintendo created one for the ages, and its clearly Capy’s GOTY.

CAPY GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017 – RUNNERS UP (TONS OF GAMES TIED)

NOT WINS

• PUBG
• What Remains of Edith Finch
• Fortnite
• Cuphead
• Super Mario Odyssey
• Not Hotdog

CAPY GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017 – HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Everything
• Horizon Zero Dawn
• Tacoma

CAPY GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017 – GAMES ONE PERSON INCLUDED IN THEIR TOP 3

• Pyre
• Sonic Mania
• RE7
• Hollow Knight
• Prey
• Danganronpa V3
• Night in the Woods
• Dead Cells
• Dandy Dungeon
• Zip Zap
• Persona 5

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