Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove delayed to 2018

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove, a new addition to the well-loved game series from the early '90s about a pair of alien rappers who crash-land on Earth, pulled in a half-million bucks on Kickstarter in early 2015. Following that came a partnership with Adult Swim, and the expectation that it would be out sometime in 2017. Sadly for those of you who have been waiting and watching the calendar slowly wind down, it's not going to happen. 

"We tried super hard to get ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove out in 2017. Game development is an inexact science and it's our priority to deliver the best, most solid game we can," Greg Johnson, cofounder of developer Humanature Studios and designer of the original Toejam and Earl, explained in a Kickstarter update.   

"To get the game across the finish line we need to push into 2018, but rest assured we are working our butts off and you guys are going to get an awesome game."

It sounds like the delay will be a relatively short one, but it's possible that if things go really sideways, Back in the Groove won't be out for another year or more. Let's hope it's closer to the former than the latter. 

To make up for the delay, Adult Swim released an overly dramatic cinematic trailer. Enjoy. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.