Awesomenauts: Starstorm brings the McPain on December 12

An early version of Ronimo Games' Starstorm expansion for Awesomenauts will be available on Thursday. The developer earned $345,835 in September on Kickstarter to fund the expansion, which will feature five new characters and a map for the arena battler, in addition to a new spectator mode and replay system.

Thursday's expansion is the first of many updates for the game, and focuses on one of the five playable Starstorm characters, Ted McPain, "one of the great heroes of the first AI Wars." The pants-less character comes with a transformable weapon, which switches between a shotgun and a rapid-fire machine gun. The developer says that Thursday's early access DLC also includes the first set of custom game settings, including a new deathmatch game mode.

The full Starstorm expansion is expected to be be complete by the end of 2014, and Ronimo Games will continue to launch pieces of the DLC in multiple stages over the coming months.
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Starstorm launches 12-12!

The first cosmic thunder of the Starstorm's galactic fury is upon us! On 12-12 the foundation will be laid for an epic expansion of the multiplayer action game Awesomenauts!

This initial release will be an early access package for the Starstorm DLC, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter last September. The early access pack is all about the first of five upcoming characters: Ted McPain. McPain was one of the great heroes of the first AI Wars, a long long time ago. After his eventual heroic demise, he lived on as he became the star of various video games: Ted McPain I through XVII, Ted McPain: Zombie Blast, Ted McPain vs. Evil Ted McPain and Ted McPain Unicorn Dance Karting. Now the mysterious technomancer Voltar managed to re-materialize Ted, even though Ted's pants appear to be lost forever in the mists of time.

Ted couldn't care less about his drafty nethers, as long as he has his trusty transformable hand-cannon with him! Able to switch between a rapid firing machine-gun and powerful shotgun, Ted can adapt to all kinds of alien-blasting scenarios.

Together with Ted, this early access to the DLC will also include the first batch of custom game settings. These allow players to shake up the gameplay or even play an entirely different gamemode: deathmatch.

This early access package is only the tip of the iceberg for all the content that will be in the Starstorm expansion. Four more characters are on the way, a completely new map, a lot more customisation options, a custom game browser and most importantly, replays and spectator mode!

To celebrate this weeks' launch, a calendar on the Awesomenauts facebook has been created. It will count down to launch and show daily tidbits about Ted and the Starstorm.

About Starstorm
Starstorm is the first official expansion for Ronimo's 2012 arena game Awesomenauts. Its production was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter.com in September 2013. The resulting DLC will see a multistage release to make sure players will get their hands on individual elements as soon as possible. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, and will contain 5 new characters, 1 new map, a full featured spectator mode, a replay system, a match customisation suite and a custom games browser.

About Awesomenauts
Awesomenauts is a online arena game that has two teams of 3 players facing off in battle. The game plays as a classic 2D platformer, but contains all the modern trappings of the genre. Such as a diverse cast of classes, an extensive upgrade system and powerful turrets and creeps. Awesomenauts is avaiable on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It's also coming to PlayStation 4 soon.

About Ronimo Games
Ronimo Games was founded in 2007 by 7 enthusiastic game developers. Utilizing our in-house developed RoniTech engine, Ronimo Games is focused on creating innovative, high quality games that appeal to a wide audience. The studio released their first commercial game, Swords & Soldiers, in May 2009 worldwide on WiiWare and later on Playstation Network, PC, Mac and iOS. In 2012, Ronimo Games released the Sidescrolling Battle Arena Game Awesomenauts. The studio is now 14 strong and very motivated to deliver awesome game experiences!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.