21 Feb 2024

The all-new 3D platforming game from Private Division and Evening Star has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. It’s time to YO!

News of the surprise launch was featured in today’s Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase

Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Evening Star announced today that Penny’s Big Breakaway is out now for the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. From the team that brought you Sonic Mania comes this imaginative new kinetic 3D platformer bursting with innovative gameplay.

Playing as Penny, the ‘yo-tagonist’, you swing, dash, flip, zip, and trick your way through a variety of challenging and beautifully stylized levels. Over the course of 11 exciting game worlds and dozens of levels, Penny and her comic Yo-Yo companion must escape capture from Eddie the Emperor and his penguin forces.

“Great platformers are iconic in our industry, and we think Penny’s Big Breakaway stands out as a truly unique and incredibly fun entry in such a beloved genre,” said Christian Whitehead, Creative Director at Evening Star. “We have been thrilled with the fan response of Penny’s Big Breakaway so far and can’t wait to see the leaderboards light up as players get into the game.”

Penny’s Big Breakaway provides non-stop action as you try to escape the impending penguin horde at every turn. These waddling, avian adversaries will burst from walls, rush over cliffs, and attempt to dogpile you to stop your progress. But don’t fret — Penny is an agile and acrobatic aerialist. You will jump, spin, and ride over a variety of brightly colored and complex terrains, featuring steep ramps, sharp ledges, massive cliffs, and more. Every obstacle is an opportunity to increase your speed, allowing you to use the environment to your advantage and gain a bit of breathing room from those flightless assailants in hot pursuit. Momentum is key, because in addition to Story Mode, Penny’s Big Breakaway also includes a Time Attack Mode, where you can try and achieve the perfect run and set high scores on the leaderboard for the world to see.

Penny isn’t the only star of this show: her trusty partner Yo-Yo, while largely to blame for causing this chase, provides plenty of abilities to assist in your getaway. Throughout the game, you can unlock tasty treats which her Yo-Yo can snack on. When consumed, these delicious items will temporarily unlock new power ups such as increased movement speed, a protective shield, and many more. In addition to powerups, Penny’s Yo-Yo can pick up various single-use tools, which can be used to bust down walls revealing secret treasure or magnetically attach to new surfaces for greater exploration. Her versatile Yo-Yo might be hungry for chaos, but it could also be just the trick to clear her name and absolve her of this massive mix-up.

“The team of developers at Evening Star have a strong track record in creating incredible platforming experiences, and with Penny’s Big Breakaway they’ve created an entry into the genre that’s nonstop fun with broad appeal,” said Rachael Berkman, Producer at Private Division. “From platforming enthusiasts to adamant speedrunners alike, we think Penny will capture the hearts of players around the world.”

Penny’s Big Breakaway is available now for the Nintendo Switch family of systems, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Penny’s Big Breakaway is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information on Penny’s Big Breakaway, subscribe on YouTube, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, follow on Instagram, and visit www.pennysbigbreakaway.com.

Private Division is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

About Evening Star


Evening Star is a boutique game studio founded in late 2018. Based in Los Angeles, with additional operations in London and Melbourne, Evening Star’s mission is to design fresh, fun games that stand the test of time. As a distributed team, a key tenet of Evening Star’s studio culture is strong communication. Though we may be separated by two oceans, we endeavor to foster a close-knit collaborative environment. We boldly explore new and exciting directions that push the boundaries of what Evening Star can achieve, while being mindful that good creativity comes from healthy and sustainable working practices. Above all, our passion for games and our unique backgrounds drives us to craft games imbued with our signature sense of style. Our team develops custom game engines that we use to create our games: the Star Engine and the Retro Engine. For more information, please visit www.eveningstar.studio.


About Private Division


Private Division is a developer-focused publisher that partners with the finest creative talent in the video game industry, empowering studios to develop the games that they are passionate about creating, while providing the support that they need to make their titles critically and commercially successful on a global scale. The Label publishes the Kerbal Space Program franchise, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from Panache Digital Games, The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment, OlliOlli World and Rollerdrome from Roll7, Penny’s Big Breakaway from Evening Star, No Rest for the Wicked from Moon Studios, Tales of the Shire from Wētā Workshop, and more. Private Division has future unannounced projects in development with Bloober Team, Game Freak, and other esteemed independent developers. The Label publishes the physical retail edition of Hades from Supergiant Games on PlayStation®, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Private Division continues to build its internal studio capacity, with Roll7 and Intercept Games as internal developers for the Label. Private Division is headquartered in New York City with offices in Seattle and Munich. For more information, please visit www.privatedivision.com.


About Take-Two Interactive Software


Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher, and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe.  We develop and publish products principally through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division, and Zynga.  Our products are designed for console gaming systems, PC, and mobile, including smartphones and tablets.  We deliver our products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services.  The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.  For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.


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