ToeJam and Earl will be back with Adult Swim Games in 2017. First released on Sega Genesis in 1991, the game has had two follow-ups thus far: the second installment was released on the Genesis in 1993, and the third released on Xbox in 2002.
The fourth game in the series, ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, began as a Kickstarter project by the original games’ creators. Having exceeded their initial goal by $100,000, the developers are still focusing their attention on PC, but hope to have the game released on console platforms, as well.
Promising more retro-style gameplay, the new game will also feature 3D maps, new characters alongside old favorites, and much more. The first playable demo of the game will be available at the PAX West festival in Seattle on Sept. 2-5.
The premise of the story is described on the game’s Kickstarter page:
ToeJam and his homeboy, Big Earl go out for another joyride in their RapMaster Rocketship, and this time Peabo and Lewanda and a few other friends come along. Of course, TJ and Big E. have to take their friends to see Earth, where all the craziness started. While in orbit around Earth, TJ can’t resist showing off and pressing a mysterious new button on their ship called ‘Black Hole – DO NOT PRESS!’
The Earth now breaks apart in one of those Time-Warp-Black-Hole-Displacement thingies. Who could have guessed, right? Well, TJ, Big Earl, and their playable-character-friends must once again put that darned ship back together.
Watch the first-ever gameplay footage in the teaser below, and wishlist the game via Steam here.