The excellent news is that the creators of the Earthworm Jim collection are teaming up as soon as extra to develop a brand new entry within the franchise. The dangerous information is that you will want to purchase the upcoming Intellivision Amico to be able to play it.
Let’s begin with the (considerably) excellent news. It seems like most of the principal members of the Earthworm Jim improvement staff are returning to work on this venture. That probably contains creator Doug TenNapel and composer Tommy Tallarico. That final identify is kind of vital on this occasion as Tallarico can be the present boss of Intellivision. That first identify is critical not simply because he created Earthworm Jim, however due to TenNapel has attracted fairly a little bit of controversy lately over his radical political beliefs and articles written for Breitbart.
That final bit of knowledge has lengthy been a little bit of a sore topic amongst Earthworm Jim followers who nonetheless love the collection for its fantastic music, colourful graphics, and splendidly ridiculous humor however discover themselves having to resolve how carefully to affiliate the collection with its creator. It’s just a little unusual that one of many Intellivision Amico’s largest promoting factors is that it is a family-friendly console, and Intellivision has determined to staff with somebody who is bound to draw quite a lot of controversy. Granted, it is all the time doable that the staff behind this venture could select to distance itself from TenNapel whose involvement would not appear to have been confirmed past a doubt. It’s additionally not completely clear whether or not developer David Perry will be a part of the staff.
There’s additionally the problem of the Amico itself. We nonetheless do not know a lot concerning the Amico moreover its family-friendly lineup of exclusives, the console’s worth (someplace round $150), and a considerably obscure October 2020 launch window. What we do know is that the console may show to be a tough promote amongst avid gamers who’re most likely going to be saving up for a next-gen console and the video games to go together with it. That implies that the subsequent Earthworm Jim recreation may simply be out of many avid gamers’ attain.
Focusing simply on Earthworm Jim for a second, although, it is nonetheless an incredible franchise. The first two Earthworm Jim video games are nonetheless value enjoying as we speak, and so they comfortably rank amongst a few of the higher 2D motion titles of their period. They additionally function among the finest boss fights in any online game.
However, we might be mendacity if we stated this reveal of a brand new Earthworm Jim recreation wasn’t coated in disappointment.
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