The Gunk Revealed By Thunderful and Xbox

Developer Thunderful announced today that third-person action adventure The Gunk will launch as an Xbox exclusive.

The Gunk stars a duo of gritty space haulers, struggling to make a buck as they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They’ve come to gather alien plants and other valuable resources, and it looks like they’ve hit the jackpot… As they start uncovering dormant secrets of a shattered civilization, however, they must save the planet from the curse of a corruptive gunk parasite while desperately keeping from getting caught in a spiral of festering mistrust,” developers said.

The development team behind the Steamworld series has been diligently at work, a press release said, noting that, unlike Steamworld, The Gunk was developed in full 3D using Unreal Engine.

“New IP, new heroes, a new development engine and an extra dimension,” Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson said in a press release. “We’ve had to keep this close to our chests for quite some time, and as always it’s a relief to announce to the world what we’re working on. We’re of course very excited.”

Developers said that the decision to only release on Xbox consoles and PC had to do with game performance.

“A bit into the development process it became obvious that The Gunk would be very hardware-demanding,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “We’ve always managed to keep our games lean, but The Gunk is all bells and whistles about to explode spectacularly. We had to make a choice: either we quiet it down considerably, or we go talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware. We decided to go talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware.”

The Gunk is set to launch sometime in the fall.