The fourth installment of the beloved, funkadelic action roguelike series might have been delayed once, but it seems like Human Nature studios have taken on self-publishing without Adult Swim to still release this year.
It might sound like things went pearshaped between HNS and Adult Swim, but after a second glance it sounds as though (publicly at least) HNS are deeply greatful to AdultSwim and have only taken to self-publishing ToeJam & Earl to ensure it doesn’t get pushed back due to AdultSwims clear preference of other titles they’ve got in the works.
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Here’s the full statement from Greg Johnson, one of the original creators of ToeJam and Earl and the founder of Human Nature Studios.
SAN FRANCISCO — JUNE 28, 2018 — ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, the upcoming fourth entry of the beloved, funkadelic action roguelike series, releases later this year on consoles and PC. Greg Johnson, founder, HumaNature Studios, has issued the following statement providing a more exact release window and an update on the developer’s relationship with Adult Swim Games.“We ARE releasing this year!! Right now we have our sights set on a fall release. We will be making a specific release plan announcement in regards to dates as soon as we have that nailed down.Going forward Adult Swim Games is no longer going to be our publisher. Instead we are going back to self-publishing! Adult Swim Games has some other big titles they plan to launch this summer so when Back in the Groove pushed back, we both agreed that it made sense for them to hand us the reigns, rather than taking a chance on this getting pushed back any more. Also I’d like to say how deeply grateful I and all of us here at HNS are to Adult Swim Games. We wouldn’t have gotten this game to this point without them…seriously. Thank You Adult Swim!!We are also going to be opening a closed beta within the next couple weeks for our early-access backers, and we’ll be looking for your feedback! Also, the Nintendo Switch version of the game is just about ready to be submitted for certification by Nintendo, and the other console versions are not too far behind. I’ll give you more details about all of this before this update is done.”