Time for another update! (Update number 56!) So we are almost there, which is to say we're now in our final debugging push. The porting effort with our partners in funky crime, 22nd Century Toys is also underway. As you may know the game will be coming to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
Some of you have had some very reasonable questions so here are a few vague yet hopefully acceptable answers.
When is the early access version going to be available to backers?
Because we had sooo many bugs in this crazy game of random unpredictable modal multi-player combinations we kept pushing our early access build back... as a result we ended up at a point where we're practically done and it didn't make as much sense to do the early access feedback thing and release the finished game to the wilds... so we (and our publisher) decided to release the game to backers at the same time the press gets it - which will probably be about a week before the public. So... that's the current plan. By the way, that also means that if you play online, the other people you'll be playing with that week will be backers and press (and us developers). So that should be a good time.
Can we swap our games for console versions?
We had hoped that would be possible. When it came right down to it though we discovered that the platform holders (Sony, Nintendo, MS) still need to be paid for every console-version code, so it turned out to be too much mula. Then we thought, maybe we can just do a special discount for backers, and the folks at Adult Swim tried to make that notion work, but they have a system set up that isn't really built for handling something like that so... end result is...no swapping. If fairness we never did make our stretch goals for consoles... but hey, that's really a rationale. We would have if we could have. Sorry gang. We do love and appreciate you.
When will this darned game be released already!?
We still honestly don't know - as in no official release date. But it will be sometime this coming fall. There is still a lot of porting and debugging to do. The game is pretty darned fun though - if I do say so myself, so I hope you will feel like it's worth the wait.
Can we at least have the music? And what about Merchandise?
Yes! The music CDs and Albums are being manufactured now. It will be about two months before they are available. Our plan is to send the music CDs out to everyone who ordered the boxed set as soon as it's ready, so you won't have to wait. And we'll have vinyl records available as well. As a special treat there is a collectors surprise that you'll get with the CDs and Vinyls. We'll also let you have the digital music to enjoy at the same time. Hopefully this will tide you over until you can get your hands on the game. As for Merch, IndieBox has set up a store, and we'll be opening that very soon, so for anyone who wants to get more TJ&E clothes or figures or whatever - you'll be able to do that. We'll send out a special update as soon as that's ready.
Are there any special secrets you can share with us backers?
Hmmm. Lets see. Here's a few... Some backers backed up to a point to get Peabo's Surprise! What is this you ask? It's a special yellow mailbox that will only appear in these games - and everything in this mailbox costs $1. And Lamont's Surprise? Well... that's a special present called "Black Friday" that will only appear in these backers games. Opening it makes all of the Earthlings in the area go crazy and attack each other. (Even friendly Earthlings growl at each other). There is a way for normal mortals to unlock both of these features too but it's totally not easy and I won't say what that is just yet.
More secrets? Many of you backers already know where to go to find this...
There are other surprises on this secret level, so be sure to go there and explore!
Also another hint - when you get to the end of the game - there are several surprises waiting for you there. Explore Funkotron to find them! And talk to everyone you meet there.
Oh and one more... there is a story surprise that only happens after you've played the game through a few times, so be sure to do that. It only appears if you are playing a 2 player game as ToeJam and Earl though.
Be sure to check out your name in the credits! We did some fun stuff with those - and we also have some very special graffiti tributes to some special benefactors and players who aren't with us anymore.
I shouldn't say any more... I may have said too much. My life is now in danger.
Anyway, sorry this game has taken us so long to finish gang. You have been so incredibly patient with the wait and super ultra supportive. This game is our love letter to you fans and hopefully it will do justice to your childhood memories. I'm excited to share it with you - so hang in there a bit more.
Oh, and we'll also be very excited to share with you what's up next for HumaNature Studios, after TJ&E. We'll save that for a separate post.