THQ has announced a 24th March release date today for the much-anticipated Worms Open Warfare for PSP and DS - the latest in the long-running Worms series of games developed by Team17, SPOnG?s favourite BritSoft coders up the road from us in glorious Ossett.
The game will hit the shelves on the 24th March this year, making use of a 2.5D environment, which, before your brain explodes, simply means 2D foregrounds and 3D backgrounds. This is great news for Worms fans, who generally agree that the experiments Team 17 has made with 3D Worms gameplay in the past - whilst being entertaining and great fun - have not been quite as addictively simple and accessible as classic 2D Worms.
SPOnG looks forward to discovering what bizarre arsenal of absurd weapons comedy genius Martyn Brown and his team have managed to shoehorn into this latest iteration of Worms. The game also features four landscape themes - volcanic caverns, ancient Egypt, space and woodlands. (Insert big grin here).
Team 17?s website forums are buzzing with eager Worms fans wanting to know more about Worms Open Warfare and discussing various possible aspects of gameplay. The fans are especially keen to know more about the online multiplayer features of the game.
Well, after all that good news, there is a little bit of quite bad news, we?re afraid. SPOnG spoke briefly to Team 17?s Martyn Brown earlier today who confirmed that Worms Open Warfare will NOT make use of wi-fi internet play. Ah well. Dreams shattered. Hopes faded. However, the game is looking and sounding pretty awesome despite this, and we?ll be sure to bring you our first look as soon as we get our sweaty mitts on a DS ROM. Come on THQ, get it sent!
In the meantime, go to Team 17?s website at http://www.team17.com
where you can find a trailer of the PSP version along with more Worms Open Warfare goodness.