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With a little over a day to go, the Kickstarter campaign for ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove has reached its funding goal of $400,000. If all goes according to plan, the game will be released on the PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux) this November.
The developers at HumaNature Studios thanked backers with a message that their funky duo would most definitely approve:
WOOHOO!!!!! This game is going to get made!!!
Thanks to all of you, we have made it! Prepare for the FUNK!!!!
From here, with lightened hearts and much less stress we catch our breathes, and then continue up this mountain towards our stretch goals. Happy Day! We have a few more announcements for you, but we’ll save it for another update.
PHEW!!!!!!! Thank you everybody!!!!!!!!!!
HumaNature has launched a huge number of stretch goals for ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, but if you want to play it on the PS4 ($600,000), Xbox One ($700,000), or Wii U ($800,000), you better crack open your wallet, because it’s going to take a substantial bit of coin.
As promised a few weeks ago, Greg Johnson and HumaNature Studios have officially announced the fourth ToeJam & Earl game, ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove.
Johnson and his team have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the retro-inspired sequel. The developer, who originally created ToeJam & Earl back in 1991 with Mark Voorsanger, wants to refocus on what made the first game great while discarding the less-loved elements from the sequels:
Will it be like game one or game two, you ask? Well… (holding breath)… mainly like game one. We plan to go old school with this one. Fixed isometric camera, 2D sprites, simple controls, and an emphasis on coop play. It will also pull in some of the more beloved elements from game two, AND we have a list of exciting new gameplay elements planned as well.
Oh right, I almost forgot… and we’ll have funky music, and more funky music, and… then we’ll add in more funky music.
HumaNature is seeking $400,000 to complete ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, which they’ll use to create a PC (Windows/Mac/Linux) version that includes four-player co-op play, a funky new art style, and “more fun features.” The plan is too eventually bring the game to as many platforms as possible, and the odds of that happening are good, as the campaign has already collected $100,000 in pledges with 29 days remaining. There’s currently no timeline on when Back in the Gorrve will be availabl if HumaNature reaches their goal, but you can find plenty of funky concept art and additional details at the Kickstarter campaign page.
Funky! OK, I’ll stop now.
In 2013, Greg Johnson and HumaNature Studios released the bizarre and colorful Doki-Doki Universe on all three PlayStation platforms. An outside-the-box game like Doki-Doki Universe isn’t exactly new territory for Johnson, as he was also the mad genius behind 1991’s ToeJam & Earl on the Sega Genesis. Johnson revisited the extraterrestrial duo in two sequels (1993’s Panic on Funkotron and 2002’s Mission to Earth) and it looks like he’s set to return to his funky roots once more as the developer confirmed that ToeJam & Earl 4 is currently in development.
A more formal announcement will “probably” be made in “three or four weeks,” but for now, head on over to Facebook for a sneak peek at some early concept art.