Penny Arcade Adventures 3 coming to phones, PCs and Xbox Live Indie Games this summer

Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 will be released on iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Xbox Live Indie Games this summer

Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 will be released on iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Xbox Live Indie Games this summer, Joystiq reports.

As revealed last year, the third installment in the lengthily-titled RPG franchise is in development at Cthulhu Saves the World dev Zeboyd Games. Though the first and second chapters featured an illustrated, cartoonish art style, Episode 3 more closely resembles the pixelated vision of Cthulhu. It also revamps the turn-based battle system of the franchise's earlier entries, replacing it with real-time mechanics inspired by Grandia.

Zeboyd Games co-founder Robert Boyd explained that the partnership with the comic's makers came about due to a thread on the Penny Arcade forums suggesting that Zeboyd take the reins of the series after former developer Hothead Games dropped out. Boyd responded, saying he would love to do so — shortly thereafter, he was contacted by Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo with the opportunity. They're apparently getting along well, as Boyd told Joystiq that his studio was already planning a fourth entry in the Rain-Slick series.

Boyd explained to Vox Games that the decision to bring the game to Xbox Live Indie Game — and not XBLA, the release platform for Episode 1 and 2 — was made because of the game's pricing model. "XBLA releases these days tend to be $10 - $20 but we wanted to release at a lower price than that," Boyd said. "I don't think we've officially announced the price yet but it will be one of the XBLIG price points." That means Episode 3 will probably run players 80, 240 or 400 Microsoft Points ($1, $3 or $5, respectively).

Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 will be shown off at PAX East in Boston later this week.

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