ToeJam & Earl creator says XBLA port not so certain; future games in franchise still a possibility. Just because characters ToeJam & Earl were SEGA stars in the early 1990s, that doesn't mean they'll be appearing courtesy of SEGA.
The game company recently polled fans, asking them which title should get the XBLA send-up, and ToeJam & Earl took top prize. Series developer Greg Johnson tells game site Joystiq that SEGA "got ahead of themselves a little bit" with that announcement "and didn't realise that they don't have the rights to the property". Johnson does, and SEGA offered "very little money" to include the characters in the upcoming Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing.
"TJ&E will not be included... and the option for including them as downloadable content is still open," Johnson said. "Sega said they're not ready to talk about that yet because they haven't started making any definite plans, but they promised to give me a shout when they get there — so hopefully we'll be able to work something out." Ditto for an XBLA port.
Johnson hasn't given up on ToeJam & Earl and even pitched around a DS version, which didn't garner much interest from publishers.
"Right now my studio is pretty busy with other stuff, but I plan to get back to seeing if I can't make TJ&E games in the future."
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