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Tintin studio posts a message on release day saying it’s not good enough, will take weeks to patch


The development studio behind a newly released Tintin game has told players it’s not good enough yet.

Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh was released on Tuesday and is a retelling of the fourth story in the comic book adventures of the young reporter by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

However, Spanish developer Pendulo Studios posted a tweet just hours after release, telling players it doesn’t consider the game to be of an acceptable quality yet.

“Hello everyone, we want to share important information about our current release, Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh,” the tweet reads.

“Despite our best efforts, those who play the game at launch won’t be able to enjoy the experience as we intended it to be.

“We are committed to fixing this situation in a promptly manner – we will deliver the necessary patches in the coming weeks while keeping all our channels at your disposal for any issue you want to report to us directly.

“This is our most ambitious project ever, and we’re putting our heart into it. We are devoted to paying the best tribute to the famous reporter and delighting you as a player, and we won’t stop until we reach our goal. Thank you for your support and patience.”

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Although it’s not known why the game wasn’t delayed given Pendulo clearly doesn’t think it should have been released in its current state, it’s likely that the planned release date was out of the studio’s control.

A likely exacerbating factor is that the game was also released physically, as both a standard edition and a £169 Collector’s Edition inclding an art book and an original figurine of Tintin.

Publisher Microids has retweeted the studio’s message, but has yet to provide a statement of its own.  VGC has reached out for a statement, and will update this story should one be provided.

Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh is out now on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PC, and is coming to Switch in 2024.