The curtain has yet to rise for Battleblock Theater, but the fine folks over at The Behemoth are still hard at work adding content and finishing touches for what will hopefully be a 2012 premiere. At this year's PAX East, they were kind enough to show us the new finale mode, an addition to the end of each of the game's eight chapters. Battleblock Theater is meant to be played at top speed, racing through alternate puzzle solutions and relying on tricky time based maneuvering and vertical exploration to reach your end goal. With the finale mode the insanity is only heightened, requiring you pass through checkpoints to add seconds to an ever dwindling timer. As level designer Aaron Jungjohann tells me, this mode is meant to up the ante, placing more pressure on the player to go as fast as they can, increasing the sense of panic and hopefully, the difficulty.
As for that elusive BBT release date, I asked "So what do you think, this year, right? I mean it'd be insane if it didn't." To this I got a "Well, yeah, you'd think so, I mean look at all this content!" While it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in a 2012 release, the game is looking so complete that I'd be very surprised if it didn't come out this year. 'Course I also predicted April 2012, and that ain't happening either. What I'm saying is, I'm dumb and Battleblock Theater will come out when it comes out. It's a long sucky wait but with a game this devilishly fun, packed with Behemoth's signature whimsy and style, it's well worth it.