Lazy Bear Games, the developers of this year’s Punch Club, have recently announced a sequel set for a 2017 release entitled Punch Club 2: Fast Forward.
Little is known about the sequel as-of-yet, but we do have a few key bits of information to go on. First off, Lazy Bear has stated that Punch Club 2: Fast Forward will lack any form of “stat-decay”. In case your not aware, “stat-decay” is the gradual lowering of player stats over time (in this case: strength, vitality, and stamina). This was a key complaint for players of the first game, as many found it extremely frustrating to contend with constantly lowering stats. Also known, at this time, is that the game will be set in the future. Beyond that, we have a few screenshots to go on, but more information will be announced at PAX South.
In addition, Lazy Bear has added some key components to their first installment. Addressing the problem of stat-decay, the game will now have an “easy” mode, turning the feature off entirely. However, the developers did make a point to stress that stat-decay is an intended feature of the game. Lazy Bear states in a press-release: “This is a deliberate design choice with a ton of in-game algorithms tied to it… We totally understand players’ frustrations, and after a 500-comment thread on the forum, decided to add an EASY MODE to Punch Club… We explicitly do not recommend playing it as it makes the game non-challenging”. Another feature being added is a “Ladder Mode”, allowing players to create custom-made ladders to be shared through Steam Workshop.
If you haven’t played Punch Club yet, this is a great time to do it. The game is currently on sale for less than $3 on Steam, and merely .99 cents on iOS, and Android. Punch Club feels like the best Rocky game ever made, and tasks players with working an under-dog fighter up the ladder to become the ultimate fighting champion. The title is packed to the brim with nostalgia. During my time playing I found references to Rocky, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat, and even Jean Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport.
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