The insane side-scrolling classic Earthworm Jim is coming back. Today, in celebration of Earthworm Jim’s 25th anniversary, Intellivision Entertainment announced a sequel is in development. The game will be exclusive to the Intellivision Amico which was revealed on October 22nd, 2018. The announcement boasts the new game’s development team will include ten original Earthworm Jim developers, including series creator Doug TenNabal and composer Tommy Tallarico.
The original Earthworm Jim, created by Interplay, was released for the Sega Genesis in 1994. The game gained wide popularity for it’s wacky, animated graphics and its humorous approach to gameplay. It spawned two direct sequels, a TV series, and an HD remake.
Interplay began development of Earthworm Jim 4 in 2008. Early rumors of the game suggested it would release exclusively on Nintendo Wii; however, in April 2010, Doug TenNapel said that the rumors were false and that no development had taken place. Interplay insisted the game was progressing but later went quiet on the game and Earthworm Jim 4‘s future seemed dim. The fate of the series darkened in 2018 when the HD remakes were removed from the Playstation and Xbox online stores.
Today’s announcement is no doubt a pleasant surprise to long-time fans. Intellivision will be hosting a live reunion via Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook on May 4th. No release date is set for the game, but the Amico is due to launch October 10th, 2020.
You can check out the official press release here.