The classic Toejam & Earl series will be making its long-awaited return later this year with Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove, and today we learn that it has added a new platform to its repertoire. During PAX East it was announced that the newest addition to the series would be coming to Nintendo Switch, though a release date for it was not given.
While a preview build of the Switch version of the game was not available to test at PAX East, attendees were able to give the game a shot. Early buzz has been positive so far, with many saying that the game is a return to the great isometric exploration that was featured in the original 1991 game. There are 9 playable characters that each have their own unique stats, and there will be randomly generated worlds that make up the 25 levels.
Despite the game being more like the first game than Panic on Funkotron, fans of that game will be happy to know that its popular Hyperfunk Zone minigame will be making a comeback for the latest installment. There will also be other minigames that will be joining the aforementioned one, which we’ll be learning more about throughout the year. The developers are also trying to appeal to hardcore fans and newcomers alike, with an Intro mode for beginners and a Hard more for series veterans being included.
Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove does not currently have a release date, though it is expected to launch this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The game was brought to life thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $500,000 with the help of nearly 9,000 backers. While originally set to be a PC-only release as stretch goals for additional platforms were not met, developer Humanature was able to strike deals to secure releases on all current consoles.