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Conan Chop Chop will finally release in March 2022

Conan Chop Chop, which started as an April Fool's joke, will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC in March.
Conan Chop Chop

Conan Chop Chop, the amusing, cartoony video game take on the usually dark and mature Conan the Barbarian franchise, is finally set to release in March 2022.

Developed by South Australia’s Mighty Kingdom and published by Funcom, the co-operative multiplayer game will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

Originally developed as a student project by Mighty Kingdom employee Shannon Cross and Harrison Gibbins, the game eventually caught the eye of Conan IP holders Funcom. Revealed to the public as an April Fool’s joke in 2019, the concept of a ‘cute’ Conan game was warmly received, and the game eventually entered full production – but a number of delays meant the game long eluded the public.

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Designed as a dungeon-crawling action game with a party atmosphere, Conan Chop Chop supports up to four players in co-operative multiplayer, both online and off.

It feature roguelike elements, procedurally generated maps, loot-based progression and plenty of amusingly fearsome monster designs.

In an interview, Mighty Kingdom Creative Lead Kimbo Forrest said that the team ‘really wanted to have fun with the Conan universe, characters, locations and villains. Really push the the things in that satirical direction and get a bit silly with it.’

‘But we still wanted to be really respectful of Conan as well. To make sure we didn’t break the universe’s rules or mess with the lore.’

A demo of of the game will be released as part of the Steam Next Fest event beginning 21 February.

Edmond was the founding managing editor of GamesHub. He was also previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran