Conan Chop Chop was originally an April Fool’s Joke from Funcom last year. As the months went by, the publisher revealed that the game is an official title. The humorous hack and slash roguelike is now on its third delay.
Chop Chop came out on April 1 as a joke, and it seemed like it. The plot of the game is too simplistic, and aesthetics harken to a flash game. The joke was on gamers, however, as the dev team, Mighty Kingdom, pushed through.
Funcom announced that the game will come out last September. This promise did not materialize, however, as Funcom wanted to add a multiplayer experience. The game then moved its target to February this year.
Once February came around, Funcom pushed the release date back again. The timeline moved to 2nd quarter of 2020 to get a “final chop in place.” Now, devs are looking to put more time into the game.
The publisher pushed the game somewhere in 2020, with no actual date in sight. An exact release date will come “at a later time.” Meanwhile, fans of the genre would need to settle for other AAA games.
Chop Chop’s novelty is starting to wear off. The game that should be a quick one-off joke is slowly becoming a droning vaporware.
Conan Chop Chop’s delays are weird and unfounded. The game is, unfortunately, neither a technical nor a graphical masterpiece. The title is a colorful stick figure roguelike that should be fun and immersive to its fans.
The level of timesink that Mighty Kingdom is putting on the game is unbelievable. Some aspects of the delay are understandable from a development perspective.
The game is unlikely a top priority title for Funcom and Mighty Kingdom. While there’s no basis behind it, the flash-animation style game is unlikely a top product. Both companies will likely have other priority titles that need more focus.
Even then, Chop Chop does not have the visual complexity of something like The Last of Us 2. The game’s art harkens back to Cyanide and Happiness. The overworld style and design look like a colorful version of Don’t Starve.
Conan Chop Chop is starting to get stale with all the delays. Only time will tell if fans of this April Fool’s Joke will still be around on release date.
Images courtesy of Funcom/Official Press Release
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