Time for a change: PixelJunk Lifelike is now PixelJunk 4am

You might have thought Q-Games' gestural PlayStation Move music generation and visualization game, PixelJunk Lifelike, couldn't possibly be any weirder. As if taking that unspoken feeling as a challenge, Q-Games just renamed it PixelJunk 4am.

It's not necessarily so random. "4am represents the exact mood and feeling we've captured," 4am musician and collaborator Baiyon said in the announcement. "4am is that deep night hour. In clubs, the music drifts to a new level entering a deepened state that often seems removed from reality."

To help you bring the concept in line with your own reality, you can view the trailer above and even check out an interactive teaser thing here.
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PixelJunk lifelike is changing its name! The brand-spanking new name is "PixelJunk 4am," and you can check out the logo below. Yes, it's a bit of an intriguing name, so here's PixelJunk Eden and 4am collaborator/Kyoto musical artist Baiyon to help provide more insight about the name change followed by our brand new TGS trailer:


Why the name change?

Baiyon: PixelJunk lifelike was originally conceived as an extension of the PixelJunk Eden world. Our idea was to create a kind of living speaker for people to play their music through, using natural imagery and taking strong visual cues from Eden. There wasn't even the concept of a "player". We've since moved far beyond that simple idea to new and uncharted waters both visually and musically. The style has evolved now into something that is really quite different from anything we've ever made before. It was only natural we'd want to chase this new concept and capture it with a new title.

Why 4am?

Baiyon: 4am represents the exact mood and feeling we've captured. 4am is that deep night hour. In clubs, the music drifts to a new level entering a deepened state that often seems removed from reality. Whether you're in a club or not, 4am always feels like the night has gone on forever, where there's still that little bit of time left before dawn. This late night feel better represents our current visual and musical style.

So what can we expect now?
Baiyon: PixelJunk 4am is something unique that has never been tried before, so we're treading in new territory. We're using the PlayStation Move in truly experimental ways to give people control of making their own style of music. Being able to stream your music live on PSN also gives people the chance to broadcast a new kind of online performance. We can't wait to see people playing 4am deep into the early morning hours.


This article was originally published on Joystiq.