That’s right folks, Jay and Silent Bob are back! Huzzah!
I’m sure many of you have copies of Clerks, Clerks II and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back laying around somewhere, and soon you may be able to add to your collection of Kevin Smith goodness with the duo’s first video game, called Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch (because of course it is). IF the crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal that is. Hit the jump for all the sweet, juicy info.
The game is being developed by Interabang Entertainment (developers of Super Comboman) who’ll be working closely with Kevin Smith, the creator of the Jay and Silent Bob characters. They’re asking for a cool $400,000 to get the ball rolling. Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch will centre on the duo as they attempt to figure out why their cannabis clientele has disappeared, only to find themselves trapped in a dystopian mega-mall-city thing.
As for the nuts and bolts, the crowdfunding page states that the game will be “a colorful Side-scrolling 2.5D over-the-top multiplayer brawler” and will allow you to either switch between the two characters at will or play co-op with a friend.
The combat system will be reminiscent of those seen in games such as Marvel vs. Capcom and God Hand, while the tag-team element will be familiar to those who’ve played Donkey Kong Country. What makes Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch stand out from the crowd (even more than it already does) is the inclusion of what the developers call the “Convo Combo” combat mechanic, which sees the player hurling swift insult justice right into the faces of enemies.
The page explains that “instead of breaking your opponent’s body your aim is to break them in a much more permanent psychological way. Or, if flattery and persuasion is more to your taste, you might try to avoid the fight entirely, perhaps even making an ally in the process.” The game will also feature voice work from Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) and Jason Mewes (Jay).
The reason the game is being developed independently stems from the fact that Kevin Smith’s View Askew-niverse isn’t really all that PG13. Or as the page explains: “Jay and Silent Bob sell marijuana outside of a convenience store, swear profusely, and are constantly on the prowl for booty. If we had to censor these aspects of their personalities we would have failed to faithfully translate the characters to a game.” The campaign pitch continues, “We want our heroes to curse, smoke a blunt, and do a back flip scissor kick to a [P-word] troll without having a traditional publisher police officer watering down our crazy ideas.”
The game’s Fig campaign ends on 30 March 2016 and as of this writing has already blown past the $60,000 mark. If all goes according to plan, we should see the release of the game sometime in early 2018.