Conan Chop Chop will be out in February

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Conan Chop Chop was 'announced' on April 1 as a joke, but was then revealed to be a real game (opens in new tab) at 2019's PC Gaming Show. A couple months later, it met the first and only criterion for being a real game: being delayed (opens in new tab).

Now we have a final, final release date: Chibi Conan and pals will start chopping their way through ghouls on February 25, 2020. 

Chop Chop is described as a "roguelite" by publisher Funcom, and as a "party game" for up to four players, with both online and local co-op support. The Steam page (opens in new tab) has a few more details, but the premise is pretty clear: collect items and weapons, adventure across 2D maps, and chop everything that needs chopping. It's a familiar-looking game, coming off as something like Enter the Gungeon (opens in new tab) or Nuclear Throne (opens in new tab) but with swords, spears, and hammers instead of guns.

Whether or not it can match the brilliance of those games we'll find out next year. The flatness of the vector-style art doesn't do much for me, but the cleanliness of its colors and lines is perhaps part of the joke—it diverges as much as possible from what one expects from a Conan the Barbarian game.

I've embedded the new trailer above if you want to get a better sense of Conan Chop Chop's chopping.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.