“My Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path, at the behest of a sentient banana.”
Looks like we’re getting to play with our potassium-packed friend earlier than expected. Devolver Digital unveiled brand new footage and info on My Friend Pedro.
For those unfamiliar, lead developer from Dead Toast Entertainment Victor Agren describes the game as a “2D, run & gun, platform action with 3D graphics.” And let me just say that the tone and atmosphere is a perfect match for Devolver’s style. This Gamescom 2018 footage is mostly a replay from a level we’ve seen in previous sneak peeks, but Agren’s insight sheds light on tons of new info for the title.
For one, it’s been confirmed the game will have vehicle sections amplified by ramps and sweet backflips. Secondly, the common theory for the game was that Pedro is actually imaginary and our protagonist is mentally unstable. But, we now know Pedro the banana knows things about the enemies that our character doesn’t, so what’s the real story here?
Also, among the gritty, violence-filled levels, there will be moments of relaxation. Pedro throughout the game will transport us to a “happy place” which is an imaginary banana-themed little home.
This imaginary cottage along with shots from E3 footage proves there is a fantastical element to some of the locations. Finally, at the end of levels there looks to be a stylistic grading system for our performance. This is similar to ones in character action games like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry. Agren explicitly stated they want players to aim to be as stylish as possible. There’s even an S-rank, although what the “S” stands for changes from level to level. This style system is accented in My Friend Pedro by features such as the kill counter, multiplier, and slow down to really show off high-octane moments.
Agren confirms that the game has been in development for over four years, and the skill ceiling is quite high. With all this new information, I can’t wait for the amazing speedruns this game is sure to deliver. Finally, it’s now confirmed that My Friend Pedro is set for release in early 2019, for Nintendo Switch and PC.