GUNTECH 2 PRESS KIT
Game: Guntech 2
Developer: Jani Penttinen
Languages: English, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / +1.408.499.1321
Available for: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Review keys for the full version are available on request.
January 13, 2022 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
February 16, 2022 on Steam
Guntech 2 is a sequel to Guntech, which in turn is a remake of an Atari ST game called Utopos from 1993, so by the nature of it, Guntech 2 is a retro style game. The original Utopos game was the first published game ever made by Utopos Games founder Mr. Jani Penttinen.
Jani has chronicled his history as a game developer, and how he helped shape the entire game industry in Finland, in a post here: https://www.janipenttinen.com/post/who-is-jani-penttinen-the-game-developer
The birth story of Guntech is really unique. Jani had already left the game industry behind years earlier when his young children found out that their dad had been a game developer long before they were born.
The kids were really excited that their dad had this cool past, instead of the boring businessman he had been through their lives. Like a veteran musician dusting his guitar, Jani installed Unity, which didn't even exist when he last worked on games and started learning how to make games again. After three years, and with a lot of cheering from his kids, Jani is now a full-time game developer once again, ready to release his first game in over 10 years.
What is also special is that Jani has returned to the early days of game development, where one developer built the entire game. Guntech took three years to build and Guntech 2 further one year on top of it.
The project was called URG during early development, but it ended up being released as Guntech as an early release game on Steam in January 2020. This was a very early version with just 3 levels, none of which made it to the final version. Guntech was also ported to iOS, and a version of it was soft launched in August 2020.
The first full release of Guntech came in December 2020 as a launch title for a new console, Atari VCS. Guntech was the best-selling and most talked-about game at the console launch and has continue to be one of the top-selling games on the platform to date.
Guntech 2 launches for Xbox on January 13, 2022.
The title music was composed by Frank Klepacki, a true game industry legend best known for his work at Westwood Studios, where he worked together with Jani on the Command & Conquer games.
WHAT IS GUNTECH 2?
Guntech 2 is a retro-style arcade shooter. You, as a player, will take the controls of a rocket ship. The game takes place on the Asteroid Belt, in a region between Mars and Jupiter, in the distant future. You have escaped Earth in hopes for a better life, but instead, you find yourself fighting for survival, smuggling goods, and plundering old mines.
As the game progresses, you fight your way up. You acquire better ships, more powerful weapons, equip your ship with gadgets and in turn receive more challenging missions.
Guntech 2 is a side-scrolling shoot'em up with detailed 3D environments. The game is a retro game to the heart, taking classic gameplay elements from the 80s and 90s and bringing them to modern touch screens and game controllers. Unlike many other retro games, Guntech 2 is sporting state-of-the-art graphics with big explosions and colorful particle effects and has been optimized to take the most out of the power of Xbox Series X while still running smoothly on Xbox One.
Guntech 2's levels are split into "Worlds" that each have their own characteristics. These worlds are placed around various asteroids located in the Asteroid Belt. Examples of worlds to explore include "The Dark Worlds", an old defunct mining colony where the player has to descent deep into dark caves to find lost treasures, and "The Space Jungle", a green world with lush vegeration and weird mutated animals, a result of an agricultural experiment that got out of hand.