The Next Big Thing: The Next Big Thing?

Focus Interactive’s forthcoming adventure The Next Big Thing, which is apparently “wacky” and set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, has a black and white parody trailer out, which you can see below. It features heroines, robots, more robots, a boxing gentleman, and Quintin having a bath (as you can see pictured above). Whether it’s actually the next big thing? Well, I would suggest: “No.” It’s the next game from Pendulo, who previously produced the Runaway series. That apparently sold a million copies. Which means something. See if you can work out what that is.


  1. Maxheadroom says:

    Sorry, I got as far as ‘wacky’ & ‘Golden age of Hollywood’ before hitting the back button

    (then hitting forward again and posting this comment but you catch my drift)

    • Kryopsis says:

      You’re new to that apathy thing, aren’t you?

    • Consumatopia says:

      No, no, it’s actually fairly common for one to be so bored by something that the fact that it’s boring becomes interesting. Not that the (first order) thing itself becomes interesting, but the (second order) fact that one finds it so boring becomes interesting.

      I’m not sure that this reaches that level of boring, though. I’m more interested in the (third order) issue of the difference between first and second order boredom.

    • Rich says:

      “This was met with yawns” [haaaah] “…angry yawns” [HAAGH!]

    • anonymousity says:

      Maybe you should have refrained from posting then.

  2. Jhoosier says:

    Quintin’s that square-jawed?

  3. Baboonanza says:

    It’s going to be ‘A’ Thing?

  4. Assaf says:

    well, it’s a bad trailer.

  5. Javier-de-Ass says:

    no fans of the Runaway series? damn man

  6. patricij says:

    One million of all of them? Not that great…

  7. Kirrus says:

    So, there’s the Scout, and there’s the Heavy. Now all we’re missing is the sniper, spy and pyro, and we’ve got the set!

  8. Shih Tzu says:

    Wish there were more actual black-and-white games. There’s, what, Limbo? There was also Sadness, a black-and-white gothic horror game for the Wii that was announced but eventually canceled.

    Oh yeah, and there’s Negative Spacecraft. Everyone should play that.

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    • Andy_Panthro says:

      Discworld Noir was in B&W afaik.

      Was supposed to be good, but I never got around to playing it.

    • Cinnamon says:

      I enjoyed Discworld Noir but it wasn’t in black and white. Unless your monitor was broken or something.

      Mad World for the Wii was mostly in black and white but it also wasn’t very good. I’d recommend playing a better game on a black and white tv.

    • Thants says:

      Saboteur did some nice things with black and white.

    • Tunips says:

      Vigil; Blood Bitterness was B&W. With the occasional splash of primary colour and madness.

  9. Chopper says:

    I like the cut of its jib.

    Certainly the most interesting entry today compared to the 4 items either side of it.

  10. malkav11 says:

    If Runaway had been any good at all I would be more excited.

    • phlebas says:

      I only played the first one. It came really close to being good several times, which was much more annoying than just being all round bad.

  11. Odeed says:

    ‘Cos, you know, the golden age of Hollywood was totally in the silent era, not 20 years later… I know, I know, I am a pretentious film student, but if you’re going to advertise your game as being set in “the golden age of Hollywood” (1940s), at least show some awareness of it.