Cygni: All Guns Blazing — When Pixar Artists Make Video Games

Former Pixar artists have banded together to create Cygni: All Guns Blazing, a lovely looking shoot-em-up.

Keelworks, a two-person development team, has announced a brand-new twin-stick shooter called Cygni: All Guns Blazing. It's steeped in classic sh'mup gameplay with a heaping helping of modern flair. It's set for a 2021 launch on PC and Mac, with a later launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X).

In Cygni, you'll take control of a lone starfighter going up against swarms of sci-fi enemies. It's not all slick moves and shooting everything in sight, though. You'll need to deftly shift your power focus around from shields to guns (or whatever weapons you create) as the situation warrants, and launch air-to-ground attacks to take out enemies on the surface below — assuming there is a surface.

Your ventures take place over brightly-lit neon cities of the future, vast moonscapes, and even the empty cold reaches of space itself. Keelworks promises these will look and sound pretty darn good too. Cygni will take advantage of next-gen hardware to create special effects and visuals and also features a fully orchestrated soundtrack.

You might have heard of Keelworks before. It's composed of two former Pixar and Hollywood visual effects artists who taught themselves Unreal from the ground up. Their work was impressive enough to earn an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games.

We've got a while yet until we can get a taste of Cygni: All Guns Blazing, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Cygni and next-gen game news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published May. 13th 2020

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