We've been eager to get our hands on Cornfox & Bros.' Zelda-like action RPG Oceanhorn since its first unveiling way back in late 2011. However, game development is a delicate art, and Oceanhorn has seen several snags over the past year or so, pushing the release date out into the unknown. Then this past December, we learned that Cornfox had teamed up with FDG Entertainment to get the game finished and released sometime in 2013. I guess they've done just that, as Oceanhorn has appeared in the New Zealand App Store for the US equivalent of 99ยข. Here's a video from back in October.

I'm guessing that this is going to be like a typical timed launch and Oceanhorn will slowly pop up in all the international markets before hitting the US tonight at 11pm EST. Or, it could be just a soft launch in New Zealand a la Real Racing 3. Or, and I really hope this isn't the case, it could be an accidental release altogether. We'll try to get the details about what exactly is going on but in any case if you're in New Zealand or notice it in your own regional App Store then give it a shot, and hopefully we'll see it in the US later tonight. Also check out the forums for early impressions and discussion.

UPDATE: Bummer, it looks like this was an accidental release, and as you can see in this screen from forum user ooomonkey the game itself is nothing more than a prototype/demo with a single enemy and nothing else. I wouldn't suggest buying it in this state.

UPDATE 2: Cornfox & Bros. were finally able to reach out and explain that yes, they had reserved the name Oceanhorn in iTunes a year and a half ago with this build and completely forgot about its set release date. Being that it happened during the night in their home of Finland meant it took even longer to get on top of this issue.

The unfinished version has now been pulled, but the good news is that Cornfox says progress on the game has been moving rapidly, and that they're particularly excited about a new sailing system they've worked into the game, which sounds very Wind Waker-esque. They'll be showing more of Oceanhorn soon, but in the meantime they've sent along a couple of new screenshots to whet your appetite, which you can see above. Stay tuned for more on Oceanhorn in the near future.

  • Aventador

    Holy sh** , this was totally unexpected , I need to transfer more money to credit card just for this ASAP.

    • Aventador

      Well disappointed now after reading it's an alpha / fake version

  • shero89

    Kinda looks like Zelda but it's awesome instant buy for me

  • cofunguy

    Don't buy it. Looks, based on comments in the forum, that this is an alpha build. All you can do is get a skull....

    • Fep52

      Yep, NOT the full game. And for the record, it's iPad only.

      • elite___x

        No its not, its for iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 5G, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 and 3

  • choocs

    All forum comments point to this being an early build of the game. So no actual release yet it seems :-/

  • http://twitter.com/ProcessedMedia Randy Dankievitch

    This is why journalists have to check with contacts and sources before publishing articles.

    • PureRumble

      We are all only human...

      • Vestid

        Dude, it's 2013. Society doesn't let you be human anymore.

      • Patrick Allen

        Why haven't you taken down this post yet? It's clearly a waste of space or are you just showing off your humanity?

    • MidianGTX

      The contacts and sources were all saying "OMG IT'S OUT! DOWNLOADING NOW!", so that's what they reported.

      • MidianGTX

        I'm being voted down and even I don't know if my post was for or against the posting of the article.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        That'll teach you to sit on fences. :)

  • Tarzerix

    For 99c I would buy it...even in this state!

  • oneshotsteez

    Sooooooo lame!

  • ImJPaul

    I was so pumped when I read this. So....this sucks.

  • Platyrrhine

    What a pleasant surprise!

    • Platyrrhine

      Aaaaand I should have read the article.

      • Pellicudar

        Haha

  • mrTofu

    Think of it as a pre-order hah. I assume you get the full game still even with this purchase, unless they change the name of the game. Besides if the end up charging more, you got it for only 99c

  • NotYou

    Does anybody know if the full version will be available for iPhone as well?
    The reports of iPad only are concerning, but, obviously, this isn't the real thing yet.

  • BJorn_LuLszic

    Totally unexpected but they should release it soon.

  • Rusothil

    Does this mean that if we buy the game right now for $1 that when they update the game and give it a premium price, we will get it at a steal?

    • Chester_Copperpot

      Who cares? You can't get water out of a vending machine for $1.

      • Rusothil

        Alright then I have water?

      • Alex

        I'm pretty sure you CAN get water out of a vending machine for $1. I bought a bottle a few days ago.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        I stand corrected. Bedevil yourselves over .99c as much as you like, then.

  • toxiccheese

    Does this just have auto jump? Or is there no jumping at all?

  • wigzisonfire

    Why oh why oh why did you make me jizz my pants and then break my heart and leave me standing there broken hearted in my jizzy pant jeans.

    It's like high school all over again:(

    • wingz

      ........you jizzed ur pants just because of this game, i wonder what happens when you watch porn.

  • Mister Bump

    So, I bought it before you updated. It's only a dollar, but even so, how do I get my money back?? >:-(

    • araczynski

      i'm surprised that this far in the appstore career, people still ask this question, better yet, leave feedback for games asking how to get their money back for a game... you contact apple support and explain the situation, you get one free refund a year if its a valid reason.

  • Karzay

    Argh! I should have read the article before rushing to the AppStore to buy this. This article should be removed. Save some of your readership a buck, TA!

  • sweetdiss

    TA Plays! TA Plays! Haha : )

  • charlenelam

    Aww. Got excited for a moment there. This looks super cute. I wants... Sigh.

  • Alex

    I'd like to point out that this is a full time job for some of the editors on this site. Posting information without verifying it first is common place on the net now. Regurgitating the same drivel almost word for word from other websites is even more common place.

  • WauloK

    How on earth did it get through Apple's strict approval process?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadav.barkama Nadav Bar Kama

    accidentally released? well ... they did get some paper space on TA ...
    as to the video ... it looks cool ... it reminds me a bit of LILI in a dual stick control ... im waiting. good luck.

  • Tarzerix

    Seriously...I have spent dollars for worse games

  • pauldavidmerritt

    It didn't get through Apple as an accidental release. You really think that's how game development and app store system work? Wow. Just... wow. To say the least, what an interesting marketing tactic.

  • Jxsgamer

    Well, that sucks... Do the control at least feel good?

  • http://twitter.com/Readmore Brandon Pollet

    This is a really tough situation. Apple will only allow you to hold a name for 120 days before you have to submit something. So, as a dev, you have to submit something unfinished that will pass an approval, and tell them it's because you need more time, or risk losing your game name.

  • Pellicudar

    This will be amazing when it comes out

  • Ozzy111

    I can't go on to the us App Store and this game does NOT look good!!

  • Ozzy111

    I know it's not out but the more time you leave them the more time they have to make it BOSS!!