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Gothenburg, Sweden 2020-07-23

*** For publishing immediately ***

Swedish game developer/publisher Thunderful has announced that their third-person action adventure title The Gunk will be exclusive to the Xbox Series X, Xbox One as well as Windows PC. The game is slated for release in the fall of 2021.


Thunderful’s Image & Form team, the developers behind the acclaimed SteamWorld franchise, have been hard at work for some time on their next game, The Gunk. As opposed to the SteamWorld games, The Gunk is developed in full 3D using Unreal Engine – and this time the protagonists aren’t robots.


“New IP, new heroes, a new development engine and an extra dimension,” reflects Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “We’ve had to keep this close to our chests for quite some time, and as always it’s a relief to announce to the world what we’re working on. We’re of course very excited.”


The Gunk stars a duo of gritty space haulers, struggling to make a buck as they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They’ve come to gather alien plants and other valuable resources, and it looks like they’ve hit the jackpot... As they start uncovering dormant secrets of a shattered civilization, however, they must save the planet from the curse of a corruptive gunk parasite while desperately keeping from getting caught in a spiral of festering mistrust.


The Image & Form team focuses mainly on highly refined gameplay mechanics, and prides itself on a process of ‘excessive iterative polish’. Whereas previous games from the team have been released on multiple platforms, The Gunk will be exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Windows PC when it releases next fall, whereas new SteamWorld games are also in the making. 


“A bit into the development process it became obvious that The Gunk would be very hardware-demanding,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “We’ve always managed to keep our games lean, but The Gunk is all bells and whistles about to explode spectacularly. We had to make a choice: either we quiet it down considerably, or we go talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware. We decided to go talk to the guys with the most powerful hardware.”




Announcement trailer

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CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson

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About Thunderful

The Image & Form team is a part of Thunderful Development, which employs just north of 100 developers and is the development arm of Thunderful Group. Thunderful Publishing is the publishing arm of Thunderful Group, and publishes both the efforts of the internal Thunderful studios as well as third-party titles.


Thunderful Group is a pan-Nordic gaming group developing and publishing PC and console games for the global games market, as well as distributing games, gaming accessories and toys for the Nordic market. The Group, in its current shape, was founded in 2019 following a restructuring of the Thunderful and Bergsala groups, each with their own long history, and engages more than 170 employees. The Group has a strong Nordic market presence with a unique market legacy through its subsidiary Bergsala and its 40-year-old Nordic distribution contract with Nintendo.