Gotta have that funk! With two days remaining, Humanature Studios has succeeded in securing the $400,000 it was looking for to develop a long overdue sequel to the SEGA Genesis cult-classic ToeJam & Earl. Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove is happening folks, looking to finally follow up on the original game’s co-op rogue-like elements.
The series is pretty infamous for losing sight of its original intentions with its sequels. Creator Greg Johnson claims that publisher interference led to ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron being a typical 2D platformer and ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth being just an all around mess. Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove will bring it all back to square one without a publisher pushing Johnson in an unwanted direction, leaving him free to improve on the original formula as he chooses.
Now, only stretch goals remain with new skins, new levels, new characters, and guest composers populating the lower ranks. Ports to consoles don’t kick in until $600,000 when the game can possibly be ported to the PlayStation 4. $700,000 lands a Xbox One port and $800,000 will put the game on the Wii U.
As always, I would be ecstatic to play this on my Vita.
I’m pumped. We’re gonna turn this mutha out! Like I mentioned before, there have been plenty of classic franchises that have both failed and succeeded at revivals on Kickstarter, but ToeJam & Earl is one that deserves to have new life. This comes double with the promise of a sequel that has been derailed twice during its 24 years in the making. Can’t wait to play!
Humanature Studio puts the release roughly in November, but we’ll have to wait and see if it suffers the typical Kickstarter delays.