Yep, you read that right. Jay and his hetero-lifemate Silent Bob are finally getting a video game. Excuse me, a motherf-----g video game!
Jay & Silent Bob's Chronic Blunt Punch (yes, really) is a multiplayer, 2.5D side scroller where you basically have to shout swear words and beat people up. And yes, it does look as awesome as it sounds.
The game is firmly based in Kevin Smith's 'View Askewniverse' and seems like it will stay very close to its slacker comedy roots. Chronic Blunt Punch is going to hark back to side scrollers of old, such as Streets Of Rage & Golden Axe, and transports players to a massive mall just outside of Red Bank. Jay and Silent Bob's customers have all gone missing in the mall and it's your duty to go and get them back because we all know how Jay feels when he's missing out on money!
Of course, it's not as simple as just walking through the mall to find your lost customers. You're going to have to fight your way through hordes and hordes of enemies to get them back. Thankfully, you don't just have to rely on your fists — you also have access to what the developers call the Convo Combat System. Basically, you can tell your opponent how much of a douchebag he is to reduce his self-worth meter.
Combing the Convo Combat System with Jay's Berserker attack, for example, will lead to double the punishment for your enemy. Tell me that this doesn't sound like the most glorious game you've ever heard of!
Developer Interabang Entertainment has worked on a number of side scrollers in the past, and had this to say about the influence Smith's films had on their careers:
"The iconic characters, hilarious dialogue, and sheer surrealism of the Askew-niverse got us through rough patches during development and life's struggles. We kept coming back to thinking about how amazing it would be to see Jay and Silent Bob in a game like the ones we design, and we’re amazed that we have this opportunity now."
Interabang has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the game made on Fig, a new and refreshingly different crowdfunding platform. Fig gives investors the option to become stakeholders in the projects they invest in, and has already successfully hosted a campaign for the sequel to insane platform game Psychonauts.
To give you a bit of insight into why the developers decided to crowd fund the game themselves rather than go through a more traditional form of publishing, I pulled this quote from the crowdfunding page:
Jay and Silent Bob sell marijuana outside of a convenience store, swear profusely, and are constantly on the prowl for booty. If we had to censor these aspects of their personalities we would have failed to faithfully translate the characters to a game. We want our heroes to curse, smoke a blunt, and do a back flip scissor kick to a p***y troll without having a traditional publisher police officer watering down our crazy ideas.
That quote alone fills me with the faith that Interabang knows how to treat these characters and the world they inhabit. There's every chance that this could be the most faithful movie-to-video-game adaptation that we've ever seen.