After almost three years of development, we are delighted to announce that Shoulders of Giants is now available for pre-order. The game will be released on January 26, 2023 on Xbox!
Check out the new trailer above with a mix of single-player and co-op mayhem.
One of the very first ideas we had when we started creating Shoulders of Giants, was the silhouette of a smaller figure mounted on the back of a much larger figure. And then we thought, what if you could control both of these characters at once? How would that work? Would that be fun?
It took a lot of experimentation and prototyping to find the sweet spot, and an experience that was both fresh and familiar. We thought, what if we split the combat types between these characters, one character does all the melee and is a big powerful robot? And the other figure perched on his back, a nimble little frog wielding a gun?
Once we found that combination, we knew we had found the heart of the game. The next question we asked ourselves was what kind of world would these characters be in? What would be their purpose in the game?
We’ve always been huge sci-fi fans and knew we wanted a world where there was a dark force for these heroes to defeat, the classic theme of dark versus light. But how could we actually take this theme and create an interactive way for the player to experience it?
We imagined after an intense boss battle that the entire world would transform from barren and dark to vibrant, lush and full of life in a cinematic way. We experimented with real-time ways for the player to do this, and found it to be fun and exciting and became a mainstay of player abilities.
Speaking of abilities, the last central idea behind the game was that we wanted Shoulders of Giants to feel like a colorful playground with a massive arsenal of sci-fi gadgets and weapons for the player to explore and tinker with.
Players come across weapons and abilities like a grenade launcher that fires fireworks, a giant shoe, a surfable shield, and more. Basic combat is all about experimenting with different gear combinations to find that amazing combo that keeps things fresh and exciting.
Although combat is the main pillar of gameplay, we knew we wanted a story to make the game flow and to make the characters and world feel grounded as well. The forces of entropy have taken over the universe, it is the players job to fight this dark force and restore order and balance to the universe.
As you beat more levels and save more worlds from the forces of entropy, you will build your heat meter, allowing you to access increasingly difficult levels. As you cross certain heat thresholds, you’ll unlock special story boss encounters while working your way to the final boss.
Along the way, you’ll acquire new weapons for Froggie and the heroic Galaxy Robot as well as new pieces of armor, XP to spend on your skill tree, and dyes to further customize the look of your characters.
While you can customize your very own frog and robot with dozens of in-game unlockable cosmetics, the four below can only be acquired as bonuses for pre-ordering the game:
This pre-order bonus includes four color sets, so you and up to three co-op friends can save the universe in style right from the start of the game.
Even better, the game is 20% off during this pre-order period. For more information, check out the game’s store page and official website, or join our Discord.
Shoulders of Giants
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Simultaneously control a sword-wielding robot and a gun-throwing space frog in Shoulders of Giants, an explosively colorful sci-fi roguelike. Play alone, with a friend, or as part of a four-person squad, blasting through waves of enemies on a quest to save the galaxy! The forces of Entropy spread chaos across the stars, corrupting living planets and causing the heat death of the universe. Led by the psychic Owl, a disjointed team of space survivors fights to restore balance. A mysterious robot! A sniper amphibian! Together they must cut through waves of enemies and restore light and life to the galaxy! Pre-order the game to access limited edition dye sets with special visual effects. Dazzle your friends!