We are excited to announce that we are bringing The Jackbox Party Pack 3 to Nintendo Switch™. There’s obviously a lot we don’t know yet, but I’ll answer some of your questions — both real, and imaginary — right here.
When is the game coming out?
We don’t have a release date yet, but we are planning to be in the launch window — a purposefully vague term the game industry made up. As soon as we have an exact date, we will let everyone know.
Do players still use phones as controllers?
Yes! Just like on other platforms, you will use your phone or tablet as a controller to play the games by going to http://jackbox.tv.
Do you need an Internet connection to play?
Yes. Even though the Nintendo Switch is portable, you’ll still need to be on WiFi to play The Jackbox Party Pack 3. Luckily lots of places have free WiFi these days — bars, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, some fancy vans… my friend’s kids’ treehouse. In addition, if you find yourself wanting to play during a pickup basketball game or impromptu rooftop party, we’ve tested the game using a 4G phone as a wifi hotspot while still using that phone as a controller and everything runs fine. It doesn’t even use that much data. (I wonder if it works on airplane WiFi. Hmm. Something to test.)
Are your other games coming to Nintendo Switch?
We gotta get The Jackbox Party Pack 3 out first, but we’re not against the idea!
Can I have ice cream now?
Yes. Now you can have some ice cream.
A lot of people ask us here at Jackbox Games “What is the hardest part of making a game?” Most of the time, we just ignore that question and the person who asked it and drive away in our diamond-studded limousine. But this time, it was our limousine driver doing the asking, so we decided to put our minds to it as the diamond-studded locks clunked shut and he gave an ominous laugh.
As soon as we tired ourselves out from kicking at the windows and drinking all the Yoo-hoo in the mini-bar, we thought long and hard and the answer to his question came to us: picking the perfect release date! Sure, there’s art, programming and when we feel like it, writing, but you GOTTA nail that tricky release date. That’s why we thought even longer and harder and came up with a winner; October 18, 2016!
What a perfect date! It’s right before all the big, party holidays. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the two-year anniversary of Ariana Grande licking that donut, and we want to be there when you celebrate.
And celebrate you shall! We have some amazing games in this Party Pack that we’ve all fallen in good, clean love with: there’s Trivia Murder Party, a trivia game hosted by a serial killer, Guesspionage, a polling game based on answers from the public, Tee K.O., where you battle your witty T-shirts and slogans, Fakin’ It, where one of your friends is a dirty liar and you have to catch them and finally, Quiplash 2, the sequel to our big, hit game… Uh, I forget what it was called. Wait, I have it tattooed on my hip. Tweety Bird! Nope, wrong hip. Quiplash! That’s it!
But that’s not all. We’ve added new features that let you deal with those jerks we call trolls. Our new censor features let you boot those guys the second they get all obnoxious. And believe me, they WILL get obnoxious.
If you really want to see how awesome our new games are, check out some of our gameplay videos from TwitchCon: Jackbox Games Videos
Now, who knows how to break out of a limousine doing 80mph down the Dan Ryan, driven by a cackling maniac? Or at least, can someone bring us more Yoo-hoo?
We missed spring by a few hours, but Drawful 2 is out now on Xbox One, PS4, Steam and the Mac Store. (Don’t worry, it’s on the way for Fire TV.)
All the terrible drawings and weird answers that you loved in the first Drawful but now with all these added features:
You can draw with two colors instead of one. And your drawing animates on. Use this power wisely. (Still no eraser, though. It’s a choice.)
Make your own episodes
Finally you can write your own prompts with your own inside jokes and references. Write an episode of Drawful prompts that are all sports themed, or song lyrics, or obscure characters from Lord of the Rings. Whatever your strange little heart desires. You can then play the game you wrote with your friends locally, or use a simple episode ID to share it with the world.
Love streaming Drawful but get scared that some stranger on the internet is going to type in something offensive? Now you turn on Censoring in the Settings menu, and choose drawings to skip and answers to block out. Only the first player in the game (the VIP) has this power, so only you control what you don’t want seen.
Share animated GIFs of your drawings
After each game you can choose drawings to share on social media.
Family Friendly toggle
Extended timers from streaming
Play with an Audience of up to 10,000 players
The main event at IndyPopCon is Brawl 2016 and Jackbox Games will be bringing our brass knuckles to Indianapolis on June 17.
PopCon Brawl 2016 will pit two teams, head to head, in a series of gaming challenges that earn them points for their team and cash towards their designated charity. The stakes increase each round as the games swap and the players are adjusted. Our competitors are asked to flex their diverse gaming muscles or risk facing a series of extremely brutal punishments for the losers. (Brutal for them… for us, they’ll be hilarious!)
We will be providing two of the games these teams will be playing: The soon-to-be-released Drawful 2 and the first-ever public look at Quiplash 2 with some very special Quiplash prompts made especially for the event.
If you’re going to IndyPopCon, this event should not be missed.
Sequels, amirite? Video games are full of ’em. Uncharted 4, Witcher 3, DOOM (little known sequel to DOOM). Don’t game developers have any new ideas?!
Except all those games are great! Therefore, sequels must be great! Which is why we’re excited to announce Quiplash 2 (technically the third Quiplash) as the second game in this fall’s Jackbox Party Pack 3 (definitely the third Jackbox Party Pack)!
Like any good sequel, Quiplash 2 will win your heart with a bunch of fun new twists on a classic formula. New features! New final rounds! And of course, all new prompts! Plus, you can finally prove you’re funnier than our writers by making and sharing your own custom games!
So that’s Guesspionage, Quiplash 2, and three as yet unnanounced mystery games coming to Party Pack 3. Those three aren’t sequels to anything. But they’re still pretty good.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is coming this fall and, like The Jackbox Party Packs before it, this version will consist of five party games in one lovingly crafted box… er… digital download.
We’ve already announced that Drawful 2 won’t be one of the five games, so the whole pack is pretty wide open. Well, today we are doing something about that and announcing that Guesspionage will be one of the games in The Jackbox Party Pack 3!
What is Guesspionage? Let’s see. There’s a “Guess” and an “Espionage.” That’s a good clue. Or is it “pionage?” Hmm. What’s “pionage?” No, it’s “espionage.”
We’ll explain how the game works soon. I’m looking at one of the artist’s computer screens and it looks like there may be a dolphin involved.
This has been your vague announcement of the week. Byeeee!