The Toontown Species Election was an event hosted by Alec Tinn to elect a new Toon species, which lasted from September 19, 2016 to July 28, 2017 until the winning candidate(s) was announced. The event was first announced at OMG!Con 2016. On September 1, 2017, deer and crocodiles officially arrived to Toontown.
Because ToonFest 2016 delayed on its original start date, which is September 19, 2016, the nomination stage for the election occurred on the same day to continue the ToonFest celebration. Players could place a nomination on a species of their choice, and the top eight species would be chosen to battle in the first round of voting. Nominations ended on October 1, 2016.
The top eight species were announced as goat, crocodile, chicken, fox, parrot, chipmunk, cow, and deer. From December 17th to December 24th in 2016 as part of the Twelve Days of Winter, blog posts introduced each of the top eight species, along with their very own portraits and a simple biography.
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First voting round
On March 1, 2017, the first round of voting commenced where players could select a first, second, and third choice of whichever species they wanted to vote. Voting ended on March 11th.
Final voting round
Deer and crocodile were announced on July 15, 2017 as the two last standing candidates where players could select either one of the two up until July 22nd. The winning candidate(s) was announced at ReplayFX 2017 on July 28th during the main ToonFest panel.
At ReplayFX, it was announced that both crocodile and deer had won. Despite deer being the true winner with 7100+ votes compared to crocodile with 6700+ votes, the Toontown Rewritten Team ultimately decided long before the winner was announced that they would implement both species to the game. Attendees from ReplayFX had a chance to playtest both species, along with parties, fixed racing, and Grand Prix. It was also announced that both species, along with the rest of the tested features, would be released in a major update that would conclude Beta, which released on September 1, 2017.
- In 2004, monkey was previously elected as the first new species for Toontown Online, followed by bear in 2005, and pig in 2007.
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