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2010/02/24

New 2D Worms Game, Worms Reloaded, Coming to PC via Steam [Updated]

wormsarmageddon It’s amazing how this news has taken the internet by storm just lately. But it got me excited too.

Worms was easily one of my favourite franchises growing up. I remember playing several titles in the series, like Worms, Worms 2, Worms Armageddon, and Worms World Party.

Last year it was announced that Worms: Armageddon, considered by some to be the best in the series, before it went 3D, was made available on Xbox Live as Worms 2 Armageddon (they might just share a similar name – I haven’t played it so I wouldn’t know what it’s like to play). But even better news is that a port of this game will soon be on Steam for download to your PC.

But that’s not all! In addition to this, Team 17, developers of the Worms games, says that a new title in the series will be coming out soon, and on to Steam as well. This new title will be known as Worms: Reloaded.

Team 17 announced this on their twitter account:

“We are pleased to announce a new edition of 2D Worms for PC! “Worms Reloaded” is coming soon via Steam. Details & features to follow…”

Little is known of this Worms: Reloaded title, but the developers promise details, and that the game will arrive sooner rather than later. Some speculate that the might be a remake of the first game. The clue’s in the title. Or, in my opinion it could simply just mean that they’re going back to making 2D Worms games instead of the 3D ones, which some claim to dislike. They were different, too different… let’s put it that way. In any case, these two games coming to the PC, Reloaded in particular, is the first time in nearly ten years that a new 2D Worms title has been developed specifically for the PC. The last one was World Party, in 2001. All the others that have been released since then have been for consoles and handhelds. There were those 3D ones, but….

As for my favourite in the series, Armageddon and World Party were basically just improved versions of  Worms 2, which is likely the game that I played most over the years next to Worms Plus. Worms 2 no doubt had the best soundtrack: three of the songs were from The Offspring’s oft-considered best album, Smash – namely “Come Out and Play”, “Self-Esteem”, and the bloody awesome “Killboy Powerhead”.

By the way, Team 17 also says that in addition to these two worms games, one old and one new, a PC version of Alien Breed: Evolution will be coming to Steam sometime soon as well.

Update: It turns out that after some confusion and then a later clarification, Worms Reloaded is Worms 2: Armageddon. The PC port of this console game coming to Steam just has some extra stuff that the console one doesn’t, and so it has a different name to possibly reflect this.

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Sources: [1] Team 17’s Twitter


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