2K Play has announced it will bring two, original independent video games, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and Axel & Pixel, exclusively to Xbox LIVE Arcade.
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is described as an innovative game that follows the escapades of a mischievous, time-bending pie thief, while Axel & Pixel is said to be a beautiful, point-and-click adventure about a painter trapped in a lush dream landscape.
"At 2K, we look to support talented independent video game developers and discover ways of bringing their work to the mass market," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and Axel & Pixel are passion projects for us. We saw the potential and the talent in these two unique and bold concepts, and are thrilled to be able to provide these developers with the support to create compelling games without altering their distinct visions."
The Odd Gentlemen, a developer with headquarters in Los Angeles, originally created The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom as a student thesis project at the University of Southern California. The game chronicles the villainous P.B. Winterbottom's quest as he swipes pies using his extraordinary time-bending abilities to cooperate with, compete against, and disrupt his past, present, and future selves. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade in early 2010.
Axel & Pixel tells the story of the painter Axel and his dog Pixel as they embark on a fantastic journey through the surreal and dangerous Dream World. Developed by Czech-based Silver Wish Games, the game combines simple point-and-click gameplay with a beautiful hand-drawn environment and will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade this autumn.