Cartoon Network have announced a new video game is in the works for the popular children’s cartoon Adventure Time. The new game will be called Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations, and will be brought to life by independent developer Little Orbit. The game is scheduled to launch in November for most home consoles, such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and – well, you get the picture. This latest effort by Cartoon Network to bring the show into the world of video games will focus on Finn and Jake becoming detectives, just like Jake’s parents. It will take place in the Land of Ooo, where apparently there have been disappearances and other strange events.
This will be the fourth game to come out of Adventure Time. The show’s previous titles, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know!, and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, which were released in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively, all received lukewarm reviews, sometimes with only the show’s most diehard fans able to sit through the whole thing. With half-arsed Adventure Time games now seemingly being released year after year, it’s hard for people to take the announcement of this latest installment seriously.
But Little Orbit CEO Matt Scott is reassuring the public that this time things will be different. “This new game is a complete departure from previous Adventure Time games,” he said. “We have created an intriguing classic adventure game set in a richly-detailed 3D Land of Ooo where players can check out Land of Ooo locales, talk to characters, sharpen their creative puzzle-solving skills, defeat bad guys, and just have fun.”
The show’s previous three games were either top-down or side-scrollers, whereas Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations will be the sh0w’s first 3D game. The shift in gameplay style, as well as switching to a new developer, may give fans good reason to trust that Adventure Time is finally getting the video game it deserves. “We received a lot of fan feedback asking us to bring our next Adventure Time game to next generation consoles in 3D,” Matt Scott said. Let’s hope they also received the feedback from fans asking for a good game.