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Bugsnax is a first-person adventure game developed by Young Horses for Windows, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The game is set on a fictional island called “Snaktooth Island” that’s home to creatures comprised of various foods (half bug, half snack) where the player controls a journalist sent to document and discover the strange land and its inhabitants. Bugsnax was announced in June 2020 during Sony’s reveal of the PS5 and released on November 11th, 2020. On April 12th, 2022, as part of The Isle of Bigsnax update, the game was also released on Steam, Xbox and Switch.
On June 11th, 2020, Bugsnax was announced during Sony’s "The Future of Gaming Show" that unveiled the upcoming PS5 console. The announcement trailer was uploaded to YouTube that same day (seen below) and received over 433,000 views, 11,000 likes, 5,000 dislikes and 3,100 comments.
Shortly after, Bugsnax unveiled additional details about the game on its website, including some of the expected features:
“Bugsnax takes you on a whimsical adventure to Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug half-snack creatures, Bugsnax. Invited by intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig, you arrive to discover your host nowhere to be found, her camp in shambles, and her followers scattered across the island alone… and hungry! It's up to you to solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island: What happened to Lizbert? What are Bugsnax and where do they come from? But most of all, why do they taste SO GOOD?”
According to the official site, players will be able to discover, hunt and capture 100 kinds of Bugsnax species using a variety of items while they explore biomes and attempt to reunite the inhabitants of a town called “Snaxburg.” By capturing various creatures, players can use their elements to customize NPCs with new looks as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing explorer Elizabert Megafig.
Since the announcement, Bugsnax has had a moderate online presence across multiple social media platforms. The Bugsnax Twitter account has over 7,200 followers, and the subreddit, r/bugsnax, has roughly 500 members.
Bugsnax has also appeared in a number of memes after the reveal, surrounding different aspects of the game in June 2020. One such example comes from Twitter user NE0NDREAMS on June 11th, 2020, featuring a picture of one of the creatures and the caption “thinking about bugsnax orange worm,” receiving over 700 likes. Twitter user HarrisFoster posted a meme using the Wolverine Crush format (shown below) on June 19th, 2020, receiving 160 likes.
Bugsnax Theme Song and Covers
One of the main topics of online discussion surrounding Bugsnax is the theme song, which comes from the pop band Kero Kero Bonito. On the band’s Instagram page, the song (seen below) was uploaded on June 12th, 2020, and received over 24,000 views and 7,700 likes.
On June 14th, 2020, IGN posted a video of the new Resident Evil Village trailer with the Bugsnax theme as the background track to its Twitter (seen below) and received over 5,400 likes and 1,200 retweets.
What if the Resident Evil Village trailer but with the music from Bugsnax? #PS5 #IGNSummerOfGaming pic.twitter.com/zDZumUr1jG— IGN (@IGN) June 14, 2020
On June 16th, 2020, Twitter user arwingsmusic tweeted a pop-punk cover of the song, receiving over 130 likes. Twitter user MaximumCortez posted a darker cover of the theme on June 17th, 2020, receiving nearly 800 likes and 100 retweets (shown below)
Rumor is that— Andy Cortez (@MaximumCortez) June 17, 2020
gankstrr</a> is pushing <a href="https://twitter.com/YoungHorses?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">YoungHorses to make #Bugsnax have more of a sinister/haunted vibe. pic.twitter.com/Q5mba4uBLZ
 YouTube – Bugsnax Trailer
 Twitter – YoungHorses
 Twitter – NE0NDREAMS
 Twitter – HarrisFoster
 Instagram – Kero Kero Bonito
 Twitter – arwingsmusic
 Twitter – MaximumCortez
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