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Secret Ponchos

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action
Developer: Switchblade Monkeys
Release Date: Sept. 29, 2015

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'Secret Ponchos' (ALL) Gets Early Access Updates - Trailer

by Rainier on June 2, 2015 @ 11:22 a.m. PDT

Secret Ponchos blurs the line between gameplay genres and conventions and creates its own original feel for multiplayer combat that pits players against each other in intense Wild West battle.

Inspired by fighting games and spaghetti westerns, Secret Ponchos' five outlaws are armed to the teeth with guns, blades, and signature special moves. Play as Kid Red, slinging dynamite and fanning your sixgun in an all-out assault, or toy with your prey as Phantom Poncho, using your whip and shotgun to stun and grab opponents. There's an outlaw for every play-style.

Barreling into a room full of flying bullets is a quick path to a coffin. With Secret Ponchos' cover-mechanics, outlaws can duck behind everything from tables and walls to dirty bars to disappear from their opponent's sight while still being visible to teammates; perfect for setting up ambushes.

Once a week for twelve weeks building up to their summer launch, Switchblade Monkeys will release major content updates, including new game modes, never-before-seen characters, tweaked and enhanced game mechanics, and more.

“We’re incredibly proud of Secret Ponchos on PS4, but it has also been a learning experience for us,” said developer Yousuf Mapara. “Rather than simply porting a clone of the PS4 version onto PC, we wanted to take use this opportunity to take what our community has taught us and act on it: to expand the game’s capabilities, flesh out our game world, and give our PC community something that can feel truly theirs.”

The program kicks off with a character update that introduces Gordo to PC, a bloodthirsty bandit built like a tank and with the firepower to match. This trigger-happy terror wields an enormous gatling gun with an unrivaled fire rate and a Molotov cocktail capable of reducing his foes to ash. Gordo was playable as paid DLC on the PS4 build, but as of today he is freely available for all Early Access players.

In addition to the new character, Switchblade Monkeys will patch in a 3v3 Game Mode for intense three-on-three combat. To expedite the match-making process for their community of quick-drawing sharpshooters, the team has rebuilt the matchmaking system with a Mode Prioritization feature, Quickmatch, and a system that seeks out and merges parallel lobbies. To find out what else is in store for the weeks to come, or to tell the team what you’d like to see in an update, stay tuned on the company blog.

To get into the cutthroat spirit of the dog-eat-dog, man-shoot-man town of Lonetree, each player’s win/loss ratios will be chronicled on the Season Zero Leaderboard, an Early Access-exclusive period of competitive play that will run from June 9th until the game’s official launch. At the end of the season, the game’s top duelists will be awarded with badges and prizes that celebrate their gun-slinging prowess.

Every Saturday at 10:30 am PST, the Switchblade Monkeys team will take up arms against their playerbase on Twitch - and they’re not shooting blanks.

Key Features

  • Top-down, PvP shooter for 2-8 players.
  • Team and Free-for-All game styles.
  • Domination and Deathmatch modes.
  • Two-player split-screen. Play as a team online or 1v1 locally.
  • Five outlaws (more to come) with customizable stats.
  • The better you play, the bigger the bounty on your head.

Secret Ponchos is currently available on Steam Early Access for $14.99.

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