So what happened to Funcom’s Conan Chop Chop? Because it’s well past ‘early 2021’ now

Six delays and counting

    
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Funcom news is making the rounds this morning, as the company, which is wholly owned by Tencent at this point, announced that it’s picked up a majority stake in Swedish studio The Outsiders and aims to open a new studio in Romania this summer. “The expansions will lead to increased resources for both the rhythm FPS Metal: Hellsinger and the upcoming Dune game,” Funcom’s PR says.

Not mentioned at all in the PR is Conan Chop Chop, another game Funcom was supposed to be working on with Mighty Kingdom. Readers will recall that it was revealed as a rogue-like ARPG back in 2019, but the studios delayed the game from September 2019 into 2020 specifically to “expand multiplayer from just couch co-op to also include full online multiplayer,” then booted launch to February 2020, then delayed it to Q2 2020, then delayed it to later in 2020, then last December, it came out with a promise that the game would finally launch in “early 2021.”

“And this time we really mean it,” the studio joked.

Well, needless to say, they did not really mean it. We’re way past “early 2021” now. In fact, as of tomorrow, we’ll be into the back half of the year. There’s been nothing from the game’s social media, Funcom’s social media, or Mighty Kingdom’s social media on the game since last year’s delay. The same goes for Steam, which still clings to that “early 2021” planned release date. (Steam users are grumpy. Now I’m grumpy. Are we too grumpy to even want the game anymore when it does come up for air?) Nobody’s even acknowledged the missed window, let alone picked a new one. Funcom, what are you doing over there?

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Jack Pipsam

Mighty Kingdom has been busy of recent, they’ve gone public and listed themselves on the ASX (stock exchange), so you can read all the different investor notices from there.
They’re the largest developer in their state (South Australia) and if they keep growing at the rate they are, they might possibly take over EA’s local studio and become the largest in the nation somewhere down the line, especially if they take full advantage of the government offset coming soon.

If you scroll down the ASX listing, you can see that an investor update they gave on the 22nd of June is called ‘Project Development Update’, in the PDF they claim to have “10 projects in active development with additional 5 expected throughout FY22”, then they talk about the success of their current mobile titles. You can see Conan Chop Chop mentioned once on an update graph for Q3 this year, but it seems their focus going forwards is on developing new IP (which is how they’d get additional local state government funding no doubt), although they also were involved in somewhat of a possible rort, it’s hard to say what’s really going on with them haha.

My guess is that Conan Chop Chop isn’t their main focus by any stretch, but rather a side-project, have no idea why all the delays though, perhaps the extra feature creep or just the funding from Funcom/Tencent is more trickle than flow. I don’t think it’s COVID related as South Australia unlike my state of Victoria really has been able to avoid a lot lockdowns and the such, although I’m not actually sure if SA has had a lot of work-from-home rules or not regardless.

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Jack Pipsam

Q3 is their expected date for the game.

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squid

Saw this about a month ago when I went looking for it. Spring 2021 became Early 2021 became dead silence.

Surprising, because it seemed pretty playable in what they’ve shown so far.

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Arktouros

This is why I’ve tried to stop paying attention to games at all before they finally announce they’re releasing their game. No estimated quarters or date frames. No early access or beta alpha releases. No road map to release nonsense. Companies seem to just announce their game soon as they have the idea and then it turns into this grueling investment of time and energy towards something that is entirely unknown. Then, almost without fail, by the time the magic release day does get there the game likely isn’t even like the idea that got you interested in the first place. Who has the time and energy for all that? What are you doing over there?

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Neurotic

Speaking as a Conan fan generally, yes plz!!

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Fisty

If resources went to a Dune game, I would be just fine with that. I do look forward to Chop Chop, but I forgot about it til this article, so not too much.

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Connor

Turns out Conan Chop Chop was an April Fool’s Day prank, just nobody told Funcom it wasn’t a real game.

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SmiteDoctor

Where’s SWL Congo, where’s Dune?