Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove to be self published, releasing this year

Funded back in March of 2015, Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove promised not only the return of the aliens from Funkotron, but a return of the 2D gameplay style fans loved from the original game. It has been a long road to release, with the expected Kickstarter delays and the announcement of Adult Swim Games publishing. But the latest update reveals that the game will no longer be published by Adult Swim Games.

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter fully funded and some funky stretch goals met

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Moments ago, the Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter ended and much to the delight of fans the campaign was a success and then some. With 8,873 backers pledging $508,637, $108,637 more than the $400,000 goal, fans can expect the full game as well as some stretch goal bonuses! Additional features include old school skins for Toejam and Earl, featuring their original designs seen on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive games. Also returning from the 90s is the Hyperfunk Zone as seen in ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. Minutes before the campaign ended, a third stretch goal was met, adding the female lead from the third game, Latisha, as well as Toejam’s cousin and Earl’s mom.

While the base game sounded great, these bonuses only sweeten the upcoming release by bringing in characters and concepts from the first three games for a true love letter to fans of the series. Congrats to Greg Johnson and his team, and good luck on the development of the game.

In case you missed it, we interviewed Greg earlier this month on our Swingin’ Report Show podcast – give it a listen if you haven’t already!

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter campaign reveals console and guest composer stretch goals

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With 14 days remaining, the Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter campaign has revealed new stretch goals which, if met, will bring the fourth game in the series to home consoles and bring guest composers onto the game.

The stretch goals for home consoles are $600k for PlayStation 4, $700k for Xbox One, and $800k for the Wii U. The guest composer stretch goal is set at $550k and if met, will bring back the original composer for ToeJam and Earl, John Baker, as well as Kickstarter celeb Kawehi, rapper TonesP who appeared in the Back in the Groove music video, and a few others. If you haven’t backed the project yet, check out the Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter campaign page and if you already have backed it, tell your friends!

Swingin’ Report Show #77: Interview with Greg Johnson, co-creator of Toejam and Earl

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove is a Kickstarter campaign from Greg Johnson, video game designer and co-founder of ToeJam & Earl Productions. On this week’s Swingin’ Report Show podcast, Greg joins us to talk about how he plans to bring the funky aliens back in a new game, and how he and Mark Voorsanger pitched and developed the original three games of the series for SEGA.

Learn how Toejam and Earl made the transition from Greg’s subconscious to video games, what it was like working with SEGA throughout the 90s, his thoughts on the sequels Panic on Funkotron and Mission to Earth, and how Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove is set to reimagine and build upon the famous first game. If you’re a game developer, or simply want to know more about how games are made, this episode is a must listen!

Show your support for Greg and his team, check out the Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter today!

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New Toejam and Earl game in the works

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So your asking yourself when SEGA announced a new Toejam and Earl, considering they published all three previous titles. The answer, they aren’t. SEGA actually doesn’t own the IP to Toejam and Earl. While we know very little on the new title, including who is publishing it, we do know its happening. Posted a few days ago on the official Toejam & Earl Facebook page:

Greetings from Funkotron! We haven’t been posting as often lately because we’ve gotten really busy with the new TJ&E game. We will be making some announcements in a probably 3 or 4 weeks, when we have something we can show, and will be able to share lots of information with you.

Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some sort of crowd funding happening. Greg Johnson (designer and IP holder for the series) also posted the following concept art sketches. When the game is announced, the developer will most likely be HumaNature Studios (HNS), a indie studio being headed by Greg Johnson himself.