Bjorn Is Back: Peggle 2 Footage

By Craig Pearson on October 10th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

I am making that face right now
I missed the awkward moment when Peggle 2 was announced, and then there was the Xbone timed exclusivity thing. I should have been excited that there’s going to be more Peggle in the world, but I was mostly miffed. MIFFED! Mucho miffage is kind of my reaction to the videos below. Three character videos have been released, showing off Peggle masters Bjorn, Berg, and Luna. The characters are cute and nicely animated, but they also take up a large amount of the screen. Just call me Miffy.

Feeling squashed in games is a particular peeve of mine. I always whack my FOV up above 95% (and if it’s not supported I’ll do whatever I can to hack it in), I zoom the camera out when I’m playing driving games, and when people are getting excited about cockpit views, I’m feeling sad because I know bits of equipment will be obscuring my view. I’m not even claustrophobic in real-life (though I do have a fear of being in a cave and being asked to squeeze through a tunnel), I just like having a big screen with lots of stuff on it.

Am I being a tad miserable in not enjoying the new character driven approach? I just want more Peggle.

Thanks for damaging my calm, VG247.

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    Durkonkell says:

    “Bjorn Again”, surely? Really, Mr. Pearson, your punnage is insufficient here.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Turns out they tried to hire Bruce Springsteen to do the soundtrack for those levels, but when they tried to test the code it kept crashing, and in the end they couldn’t get Bjorn to run.

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        darkChozo says:

        I heard that there was some sort of spy stuff going on that led to the code for Peggle 2 leaking. One of the things people found out is that, much like the first game, you start out by using the Bjorn identity.

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          c-Row says:

          For puns like these you should all björn in hell.

          • Tinotoin says:

            It’s a Bjorn Slipp(er)y slope

          • Josh Millard says:

            Keep in mind that the unicorn is planned as post-release DLC, dropping mid-2014. You can expect to purchase Bjorn on the fourth of July.

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            darkChozo says:

            Apparently Popcap farmed out some of their QA to a Danish firm and two of the QA guys were recorded talking to each other after a particularly long bughunt.

            A snippet: “Another issue with one of the characters bugging out. It’s Bjorn again, Christian.”

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            RaveTurned says:

            Is the unicorn really DLC, or will we get Bjorn free?

          • Bull0 says:

            I heard they’re adding a tennis-themed DLC in which you can play as Bjorn Borg

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        RaveTurned says:

        Apparently when he’s headbanging he’s listening to Steppenwolf. That’s what it takes for Bjorn to be wild.

      • The Random One says:

        I heard the code wouldn’t run because it was setting all the priorities wrong. They couldn’t get Bjorn to queue.

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      slerbal says:

      “Bjorn” means bear in Swedish. Odd name for a unicorn…

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        RedViv says:

        It’s just a nickname because he’s so hairy and sparkly.

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        lasikbear says:

        Popcap is an American company, so this is Bjorn in the USA.

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        Gap Gen says:

        If they didn’t think it through, it’s because they prize Bjorn over bjains.

  2. Koojav says:

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Yeah, due to the time zone differences these games mostly come out at night. Mostly.

  3. jonfitt says:

    I’m not loving it.
    The art is not doing it for me (Bjorn looks like the Adult Swim version of himself), and the screen ratio looks odd and letterboxed.

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      Rizlar says:

      Yeah, something about sequels of hugely popular games aimed at the ‘casual’/mobile audience makes for anemic, horrible art styles. Urgh.

  4. Bull0 says:

    Nope, this does not look like a Good Thing(tm)

  5. Richeh says:

    Clearly you need some help with this.

    “Bjorn ultimatum”

    “Bjorn supremacy”

    In the case of cancellation “Natural Bjorn Killers”

    If it’s F2P, “Bjorn Free”

    If it’s good, “Bjorn to be king”

    If it’s bad, “Bjorn Bad”

    If it has controversial furry Hot Coffee mods, “Bjorn to raise hell”

    On the inevitable release of DLC, “There’s one Bjorn every minute”

    And depending on release date, there’s a 1 in 365 chance of being able to use “Bjorn on the Fourth of July”.

  6. Notebooked says:

    The level backgrounds look nice, but the pegs, bucket and fonts all look a bit flashy. As in, wouldn’t look out of place in a Flash game. Obviously it’s too early to judge accurately, but combined with the squashing, it doesn’t look great.

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    Vesuvius says:

    Ugh, I hate that the game is off center now.

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      RaveTurned says:

      I didn’t notice this on first watch. Now it is all I can see. :-|

      Damnit!

    • Berzee says:

      I think it’s weird too, but looking at the screenshots on the newly-styled RPS the wonky right-justification and wonky left-justifications almost combine to make something normal. :D

  8. MrThingy says:

    Berg reminds me of someone. Captain Caveman, or something similar, I mean… not a close relative.

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    Bluerps says:

    Huh. That’s a lot of wasted screen space. Is something going to happen in the top-left?

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  11. Mctittles says:

    There are only two things I’d like to see improved in peggle not shown in this video:

    Better resolution options and higher res textures.

    Support for more players in hotseat games.

  12. Eddy9000 says:

    Te original peggle wasn’t widescreen, so doesn’t this just fill the rest of the space?

    • sleepisthebrotherofdeath says:

      That’s exactly what it looks like to me.

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