Adventure Time, c’mon, grab your friends. We’re going to very distant lands with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human and Marceline the Vampire and BMO. Okay, the song went a little off the rails, but upon first glance of Outright Games’ newly announced Adventure Time game, it popped right back into my head.
It’s early days yet for the game, but Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is giving the Cartoon Network classic an open-world makeover. Four weirdoes, one ship, one wide open Land of Ooo to explore, with promises of tactical combat and RPG elements to boot.
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While the screenshots on show so far are undeniably lovely, and capture the look of the show with surprising ease, developers Outright Games don’t exactly have the most thrilling track record. With a history of middle-of-the-road licensed games (including titles based on How To Train Your Dragon, Barbie, Kung-Fu Panda and Monster High), as a fan of the show I’m really hoping that the studio bring their A-game and do it justice.
Amusingly, the worryingly heavily armed little ship (whatever happened to just bashing stuff with a sword?) that Finn, Jake and friends will be sailing on doesn’t even have a name yet. The developers have decided to make naming it into a contest. If you’ve got the perfect name for it, and can fit it in under 12 characters, take a look at the contest page here and see if you’ve got what it takes.
As an aside, has anyone noticed that 2018 has a whole bunch of open-world pirate games due now? Adventure Time for one, but there’s also a recently-announced One Piece game that brings down the barriers normally seen in tie-in games. Plus, we’ve got Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones, and Rare’s Sea of Thieves on the way, and I can’t help but feel like I’ve forgotten at least one more. I’m not entirely sure what inspired this (perhaps the moderate success of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag?), but I’m not exactly complaining about it.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion’s future isn’t yet fully charted, but Outright Games are hoping that their bounty will be ready to plunder sometime in in the spring of 2018 for PC, PS4, XBox One and Switch.