Creating the shoulders of giants in a sci-fi roguelike

Creating the shoulders of giants in a sci-fi roguelike

Creating the shoulders of giants in a sci-fi roguelike


Before Sale Arms of the Giants from the Xbox Store today, available January 26


We are happy to announce this after almost three years of development Arms of the Giants is now available for pre-order. The game will be released on January 26, 2023 on Xbox! Check out the latest trailer above, featuring a mix of single player and co-op mayhem.

One of the first ideas we had when we started creating Arms of the Giants, was the silhouette of a smaller figure riding on the back of a much larger figure. And then we thought, what if you could control both of these characters at the same time? How would it work? Would that be fun?

Finding the perfect spot took a lot of experimentation and prototyping, and the experience felt fresh but familiar. We thought what if we divided the types of combat between these characters, one character is melee and is a big, powerful mech? And the second figure sitting on the back of a small, agile frog with a gun?

When we found this combination, we knew we had found the heart of the game. The next question we asked ourselves was: what world will these characters be in? What would be their purpose in the game?

We’ve always been big sci-fi fans and knew we wanted a world where these characters had to overcome a dark force, a classic theme of dark versus light. But how could we actually use this theme and create an interactive way for the player to experience it?

We imagined that after an intense boss fight, the whole world would go from barren and dark to vibrant, lush, and full of life in a cinematic way. We experimented with ways the player could do this in real time and found it fun and exciting, and it became a pillar of player skill.

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Speaking of abilities, the last basic idea behind the game was what we wanted Arms of the Giants feel like in a colorful playground with a huge arsenal of sci-fi gadgets and weapons for the player to explore and tinker with.

Players encounter weapons and abilities such as a grenade launcher that shoots fireworks, a giant stomping shoe, a surfable shield, and much more. The basic combat is experimenting with different gear combinations to find that awesome combination that keeps everything fresh and exciting.

While combat is a major pillar of gameplay, we knew we wanted the story to play out in the game and the characters and world to feel grounded as well. The forces of entropy have taken over the universe, the task of the players is to fight this dark force and restore order and balance in the universe.

As you progress through the levels and save more worlds from the forces of entropy, you’ll collect a heat meter, allowing you to access increasingly difficult levels. Once you pass certain temperature thresholds, you’ll unlock special story boss encounters as you make your way to the final boss.

Along the way, you’ll earn new weapons for both Frog and the heroic Galaxy Robot, as well as new pieces of armor, XP to spend on the skill tree, and dyes to further customize your characters’ appearance.

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While you can customize your own frog and robot with dozens of cosmetic items that can be unlocked in-game, the four above can only be obtained as a pre-order bonus for the game:

This pre-order bonus comes with four color packs, so you and up to three co-op friends can save the universe in style right from the start of the game.

What’s more, the game is 20% off during the pre-order period. For more information, please visit the store page and the game’s official website, or join our discord.

Arms of the Giants

Xbox Live

Arms of the Giants

Moving interactive elements


$19.99

$15.99

Control a robotic sword and a space gunsling frog at the same time in Shoulders of Giants, an explosively colorful sci-fi roguelike. Play alone, with a friend or in a team of four as you cut through waves of enemies in a mission to save the galaxy! The forces of Entropy wreak havoc among the stars, corrupting the living planets and leading to the heat death of the universe. Led by the psychic Owl, one clumsy team of alien survivors struggles to restore balance. Mysterious Moss! Sensational shooting amphibian! Together, they must fight their way through waves of enemies and restore light and life to the galaxy! Pre-order the game to get access to limited dye sets with special visual effects. Surprise your friends!

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