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The Gunk Coming 2021

July 23, 2020

By: Trevor Whalen


During the Xbox Games Event today, there was a Console Launch Exclusive trailer for The Gunk, a new property that Image & Form Games, developer behind the SteamWorld franchise, is working on.

It's a third-person action-platformer of sorts set in an alien world filled with interesting plants and fauna.  

In it, the player-character, a space explorer who has discovered this strange world, uses a special glove device to collect matter from the environment, which looks like the titular gunk. The gunk is a parasite that has infected the game's setting, so cleaning it all up is centrally important. As you progress and clean the planet, new areas will open up

You can also use this glove to solve environmental puzzles and craft things.


Of course, you'll also be engaging in combat, fighting beasts corrupted by the gunk. There also seems to be a moral question behind your actions. Are you saving the planet - or just taking resources from it so you can craft stuff?

Whichever path you end up taking, The Gunk will be coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Game Pass in September 2021.

Take a look at the exotic planet in the reveal trailer below:

Quick Take

The Super Mario Sunshine in me is ready to clean up another planet while engaging in some platformer play, but it remains to be seen exactly how much of a platformer or action game The Gunk is. With a 2021 release window, it will be a while yet, so scarce details are understandable. If you haven't checked out the SteamWorld franchise yet, you'll have the time to do so.

Interested in using The Gunk's power glove to solve puzzles, fight creatures and clean an infected planet? Are you a fan of SteamWorld and ready to check out Image & Form's next property? Let us know in the comments below!

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I am a lifelong, enthusiastic gamer, freelance writer and editor, blogger, and Thief FM aficionado. I think that exploration-heavy, open-ended first-person games are the best vehicle for story-telling, with the finest Thief missions leading the pack.

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