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Earthworm Jim 4 is happening as soon as the original team can get round to it, apparently has awful character design

A much-loved franchise getting along-overdue sequel? From the original development team? In a way that sticks to the original game's roots? And they're only going to put it out when the time is right? Why, this sounds all kinds of good. One problem though. "When the time is right" currently translates to "Whenever we all get time to work together, because we're all now successful in different fields so making this is going to be like getting the original cast of Star Wars back together for another holiday special".

Not of course, that I'm comparing the eventual Earthworm Jim 4 to George Lucas' (now tragically prophetic) franchise cash-in abortion. All signs point to the game being as mighty fine as vague signs pointing to a currently non-existent game can. Original designer (and most recently the chief boss-man behind cloud gaming service Gaikai) David Perry has stated that the project is an ongoing discussion between the original creators via a Facebook group they've created, and that he's "sure it's going to happen, I just can't tell you exactly when". 

Above: Earthworm Jim HD. It's on XBLA and PSN. Get it

The hold-up? This game needs the original team, and the original team are scattered all over the place on successful projects right now. Perry has just sold Gaikai to Sony. Writer and artist Doug TenNapel is busy as hell as in comics, cartoons and short film. Soundtrack composer Tommy Tallarico is now running the touring concert behemoth that is Video Games Live. As Perry says, "It's just a bunch of guys who all have their own thing. Everyone has their own company. So, to get them to stop what they're doing and work on a game is very difficult, but it's something they all want to do"

Current direction for the game? Definitely 2D, so praise the heavens for that. The general plotline has an out-of-shape Jim coming out of retirement, though although apparently there's currently a point of contention between Perry and TenNapel regarding the conceptual design. According to DP, "When he [TenNapel] started to draw the new Earthworm Jim, if I showed you the sketches of what he wanted the next Earthworm Jim to look like, I can guarantee you'd go, no! Don't go that way! Because he's going wimpy. My job is to fight him on that. No, don't go wimpy. We don't want wimpy" 

Above: Earthworm Jim HD. It's still on XBLA and PSN. Still get it

Still, if designer and artists are already coming to blows over the direction of the game before there even is a game, that proves that they still care. And if they still care, them Earthworm Jim 4 is definitely a real possibility.

Now make it, gentlemen. All of you take a big holiday and just bloody well make it.

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12 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - July 20, 2012 1:27 a.m.

    All I got from the EWJ HD remake was flashbacks to how hard it is. I remember finishing it back when I played it in the 90s but I could only manage to get as far as "Intestinal Distress" this time around. I think I've become soft from recent games!
  • nikeiden - July 19, 2012 12:52 a.m.

    As long as this doesnt turn out like duke nukem forever or final fantasy vs XIII
  • bash street kid - July 18, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    If they do i'd kind of love them to go a Rayman Origins Route, with super detailed, lush, high-definition 2-d graphics.
  • Annihilator820 - July 18, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    Imagine if they got Ubisoft to lend them Origins' animation engine. On second thought, nah, knowing them they'll make an even better one.
  • IceBlueKirby - July 18, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    Despite the fact that they haven't even started on it yet, and that it could and probably will be years before we see it, I'm already excited for it. Back when the EWJ games were fairly new, I played the hell out of them, and I would love to see the series continued beyond an apparently (I've never played it) lackluster third game.
  • KidKatana - July 18, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    Why does Doug TenNapel have a capital N in the middle of his last name? I've never seen it spelt any other way.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 18, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    I genuinely have no idea, yet it's always been spelt that way. But who are we to question the man who gave the world Sockbaby? http://www.sockbaby.com/episodes.htm
  • KidKatana - July 19, 2012 2:06 a.m.

    Thank you, David Houghton, for adding this to my life.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 20, 2012 4:37 a.m.

    It's a truly beautiful thing, is it not? All I ask in return is that you pass it on. Sockbaby = a force for nothing but good in this world.
  • lazer59882 - July 18, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    i had no idea tommy tallarico scored earthworm jim... maybe while we're at it, we can get him to bring Judgement Day back
  • Redeater - July 18, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    I just hope they don't feel the need to include an obligatory water level. Dear god that level was awful. FRESH!!!!!
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 18, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Try the Earthworm Jim HD version. They totally fixed it, praise mighty Zeus' beard.

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