Arguably one of the most memorable titles to grace the Sega Genesis in the 16-bit era was Earthworm Jim. Starring a worm in control of a super suit that fell from the sky, the crazy intergalactic adventure became famous for its bizarre sense of humour and fluid animation techniques. The classic received one true sequel from the original team, followed by two more sequels developed by other studios that ultimately failed to match the quality and praise of the first two. It's been over fifteen years since we got an Earthworm Jim game, but perhaps that could change some day in the near future.
Nick Bruty - the main game designer behind Earthworm Jim – recently took to Reddit for an AMA to promote First Wonder, a current Kickstarter Project he's working on. Naturally, Earthworm Jim came up in the conversation and one commenter asked him if there would ever be another one. Bruty responded by saying:
Oh man. A new EWJ game with the original team almost happened about 5 years ago but a deal with the IP owners couldnt get worked out. I think everyone would be up for it sometime. Feels like unfinished business but hard to align everyone. I wouldnt do it without the key players.
While it sounds like it may be a bit difficult for the team to get the rights to make a game, perhaps we could one day see a spiritual successor show up one day on Kickstarter, much like Yooka-Laylee or Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
What do you think? Would you like to see another proper Earthworm Jim? Where do you think they could take the series next? Sound off in the comments below.