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Xbox Console Exclusive The Gunk Gets a December Release Date

The Gunk – a third-person sci-fi adventure with shades of Luigi’s Mansion and Super Mario Sunshine – will come to Xbox and PC on December 16. The game will also launch into Xbox Game Pass.

The release date was announced during today’s Thunderful World event. Set on an alien world covered in the titular Gunk, you’ll follow the story of space haulers Rani and Becks, who are faced with the dilemma of scavenging a beleaguered planet, and making the decision whether to leave for the cash, or stay and try to help.

Gameplay sees you clearing the Gunk using a power glove device – called Pumpkin, naturally – as well as solving envirnmental puzzles and avoiding alien threats. The Gunk will run at a stable 30 fps on Xbox One, while it will play at 60 fps and up to 4K resolution on Xbox Series X and S and PC.

First announced last year, The Gunk comes from the developers of the SteamWorld series (previously known as Image & Form, now Thunderful Games), and marks the team’s first fully 3D game. We got a fresh look at gameplay during Xbox’s Gamescom stream this year.

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