DeathSpank to loot PC Oct. 26, Mac release planned

For a game rooted so squarely in the loot-driven gameplay of PC stalwarts like Diablo, it was a little odd that DeathSpank was initially available only on PS3 and Xbox 360. EA and Hothead have decided to rectify this blow against tradition, announcing that DeathSpank will be bringing his humorous brand of (capital J) Justice to PC later this month. The game will hit PCs on October 26, and a pre-order on Steam will net an extra 10 percent off the usual $14.99 price.

Additionally, pre-orders of the DeathSpank and Shank bundle will receive a 15 percent discount (Shank will also be released on October 26). A Mac version of DeathSpank is in the works, though the release date is still under wraps. We've contacted Hothead to see if the DeathSpank sequel, Thongs of Virtue, will also make the jump to PC and Mac.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 6, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Hothead Games® announced today that the critically acclaimed action role-playing game (RPG), DeathSpank™, will be available on PC for $14.99 on October 26. Starting today, gamers will receive a 10% discount when they pre-order DeathSpank on PC via Steam, Valve Corporation's delivery and management platform. Additionally, gamers can pre-order the Shank and 'Spank Bundle on Steam, which pairs DeathSpank with Klei Entertainment's Shank™*, and receive 15% off of the entire bundle. Developed under the direction of industry veteran Ron Gilbert, DeathSpank combines unique humor and wit with fast, addictive action-RPG gameplay. Recently awarded IGN's Editor's Choice for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, DeathSpank takes players on an epic adventure through crazy quests in a vast world filled with vibrant, eccentric and hilarious characters. Currently available on PlayStation® Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade, DeathSpank will also be released on Mac OSX; availability to be announced.

"Bringing the game to PC and Mac was a direct response to the repeated requests by our fans and we are thrilled that DeathSpank has become so popular and such a phenomenon, ensuring that we can fulfill those requests," said Vlad Ceraldi, Director of Game Development at Hothead Games. "The humor, story and core gameplay elements in DeathSpank were all inspired by some of our favorite PC games."

Players who download the game will be placed in the boots of the mighty DeathSpank, "Dispenser of Justice," "Vanquisher of Evil" and "Hero to the Downtrodden" and will embark on his lifelong journey to search for and find a mysterious artifact known only as "The Artifact." Along his journey, DeathSpank will rescue orphans, defeat a local tyrant, help an aging adventurer and dive headfirst into an even deeper mystery. The game's accessibility makes for a fun, addictive experience where players will find themselves solving crazy puzzles, collecting massive amounts of loot and engaging in tons of hilarious dialogue. DeathSpank also features local co-operative gameplay, allowing friends to jump in and out of this adventure on the same computer as DeathSpank's trusty, magical sidekick, Sparkles the Wizard.

DeathSpank is rated "T" for teen by the ESRB. For more information on DeathSpank, please visit, www.deathspank.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.