There’s a new Worms game on the way

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None o this 3D rubbish please

And unlike some of those other articles we’ve posted, this is a proper Worms game, with no catch whatsoever. If you’ve never played a game of Worms before (and I’m not talking about that farm version when we were kids), the setup has always been simple:

You’ve got a team of worms, equipped with enough ordinance to level a continent, and you’ve got to wipe the opposing team out. The best Worms games have stuck to a 2D format, reminiscent of that MS-DOS classic Scorched Earth. The next Worms game won’t be straying far from that formula according to Game Reactor, who revealed Worms WMD.

Team 17 is pretty much channeling Worms: Armageddon in Worms WMD. If you can’t watch the video linked above, here are some of the more salient points summarised below:

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  • Worms WMD is proper 2D
  • All assets are hand-drawn to feel like a inspired and mental cartoon like Ren & Stimpy
  • The ninja-rope is back baby, in classic form

Other big features include driveable vehicles in Worms WMD.

“We didn’t want the vehicles to necessarily be a fore[gone] conclusion, as in, you get into the tank, you’ve won the game,” creative manager Kevin Carthew said to Game Reactor.

It fires a barrage of shells, it’s quite hard to concentrate the tank’s fire. There’s an element of skill involved. Sometimes it makes more sense to use one of the game’s existing weapons, so we’re keeping that balance of strategy in the game.

As for the landscape, players will also be able to enter buildings in the game, to survive an onslaught of holy hand grenades (HALLELUJAH) and those dreaded explosive little ol’ ladies. “They act like mini-fortresses,” Carthew said.

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So again it’s an area of the landscape that I’d say plays to the strategic strengths of the game. If you get inside a building, your worms that are inside the building are hidden from view to everybody outside the building.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Worms, ever since I ate a dodgy roadside burger when I was on a road-trip to Johannesburg. I’ve also rather enjoyed the Worms games, which haven’t left me with a case of the trots that could only be described as apocalyptic. Bring on the WMDs I say.

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

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