Worms heading to Wii

Discussion in 'Wii - Console and Game Discussions' started by shaunj66, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England

    That was announced surprisingly early. Awesome.

    Hopefully they'll keep it 2D. It sounds like it will be 2D. Curious about the new visual style though...

    Will keep an eye on this one!
  2. armand66

    armand66 Newbie

    Will definately be looking out for this, as i'm a huge fan of the 2D worms games.

    Its heaps of fun on 360, despite it missing a lot of features, and the new DS one is pretty awesome from my limited time with it so far.

    Lets hope it stays 2D on Wii, the 3D ones, while not bad games, weren't in the same level of fun as the 2D ones.
  3. TaMs

    TaMs Randomizer

    Nov 15, 2006
    Never liked worms on consoles, but who know.. maybe this will be playable.
  4. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    I'm looking forward to this, it won't be in 3D, Team 17 have stated in a few recent interviews that people didn't like the added complexity of having the games in 3D and that they'll stick to 2D as it'll retain the simplicity that fans have loved.

    I'm pleased its set in space, that was my favourite theme in OW2. Its also good to hear that they're going for a different look too. Sounds like it'll be more than simply an upgrade like the games have been since Worms 2 (excluding the mobile and 3D titles).

    I reckon it'll be come to PSP and Xbox live too.
  5. ediblebird

    ediblebird GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 22, 2006
    Thank goodness. Finally someone used their brains in team 17 recently [​IMG]
  6. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    Lets hope for some decent online options! Multiplayer, league tables, options to download new levels and mini games and so on.

    Would love a Worms game where its like a war. You could have different 4 Worm teams but your team must choose a one of two sides. You choose what side you are on and then have tons of battles to see who wins the war.
  7. hankchill

    hankchill I Pwn n00bs.

    Nov 5, 2005
    Outer Space
    I think it *will* be 2D, because I remember something about Team17 saying that they will not do another 3D worms game because it wasn't accepted very well.

    I surely didn't accept it with open arms -- 2D worms all the way!
  8. linuxares

    linuxares I'm not a generous god!

    Aug 5, 2007
    They should do it as Super Paper Mario...

    Able to switch between 2d and 3d [​IMG]
  9. Shuny

    Shuny I'm in yr forum, reading yr postz

    Nov 15, 2006
    Somewhere in the world
    Aw, I loved the "Worms 4 Mayhen" game on PC :/
  10. panteracfh

    panteracfh Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    That will be awesome if they go back to 2D ... I hated all Worms 3D .. console and PC.

    Sooo many hours would be spent at LAN parties playing good 'ol 2D Worms ... good times !!

    And yeah, the new Worms on DS is wicked.
  11. Remy669

    Remy669 GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 27, 2007

    Hey, that's not a bad idea at all, although i don't think they would do that... But it would be cool. [​IMG]
  12. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Worms in space? Sounds like that old PC game, Warheads. That would be neat [​IMG]
  13. rhyguy

    rhyguy GBAtemp Maniac

    Jul 21, 2007
    oh my god:O

    i'm so getting that
    *is playing ds worms now*
  14. adgloride

    adgloride Its A Wii Wario

    Apr 2, 2003
    Lets hope this 2D. 2D is going backwards but I'd found the 3D ones are nearly impossible to play.
  15. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    For me using a ninja rope via wii remote would be what the lightsaber is for others.
  16. spirited

    spirited Advanced Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    United States
    i couldnt stand the 3d one, i went back to playing the 2d one just for the fun factor. i hope its in 2d and i cant wait for this game.
  17. berlinka

    berlinka You have sustained a lethal injury.

    Jul 31, 2003
    Harderwijk, Netherlands
  18. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    IGN posted an interview with Team 17 that reveals new details, if you don't wanna read through all of it but you wanna know the main details then its in 2D (inspired by Paper Mario & Yoshi's Island), uses WFC for online battles and has downloadable content well after the game has been released and it does use gesture based controls with the Wiimote.

    IGN: How long has Team 17 been working on Worms for Wii and how big is the team?

    Gilbert: We've had a team of around 20 people working on Worms: A Space Oddity for the past 7 months or so. We're all incredibly excited about the project and have reveled in the opportunity to take Worms into outer space to wreak havoc and mayhem on a number of extraterrestrial, alien worlds, each with their own distinctive look and feel. It has certainly allowed us to get our creative juices flowing in devising the look of these weird and wonderful worlds and the innovative new ways in which the user can now interact with the game.

    IGN: For Wii owners unfamiliar with the franchise, what's Worms all about?

    Gilbert: Worms is a turn-based game in which up to four human or computer-controlled teams take charge of a platoon of three or four worms, pitted against each other in an attempt to reign victorious on a fully deformable landscape. Worms is popular for its wacky cartoon humor and over-the-top weapons which the player can use to bash, blast and blow their opposition to pieces.

    Worms: A Space Oddity on the Wii has allowed us to take the franchise to an entirely new dimension (in more ways than one) with the introduction of motion sensitivity and intuitive gesture based weapons. Worms: A Space Oddity promises to be accessible fun for new and old fans of the series.

    IGN: Is Worms: A Space Oddity a port in any way of any previous Worms game?

    Gilbert: Worms : A Space Oddity uses an enhanced version of the Worms: Open Warfare 2 engine, which is regarded by many, including IGN, as one of the best Worms experiences to date. The game itself, however, is an entirely new experience with a brand new look, new motion sensitive interaction and new gameplay modes never before seen in a Worms game. Without a doubt, Worms: A Space Oddity has taken the best parts of Worms: Open Warfare 2 and built upon them to provide an experience perfectly suited to the Wii.

    IGN: You recently released Worms on Xbox Live and it looked fantastic. Will A Space Oddity run in 480p and 16:9 widescreen modes on Wii?

    Gilbert: Worms: A Space Oddity certainly does run in 480p on 16:9 widescreen modes and I can confirm that it looks great! We've really gone to town on all the artwork and art assets in Worms: A Space Oddity, and I think it would be more than fair to say that it is the best looking Worms game to date. When viewed in 480p on a 16:9 TV, it really does do everything justice.

    IGN: Your initial release for A Space Oddity describes a completely new visual style inspired by classic sci-fi. Can you elaborate on that for us? What exactly are you going for?

    Gilbert: The visual direction for Worms: A Space Oddity is unlike anything seen before in a Worms game. We've dropped the traditional drawn look and have gone with a softer, distinct "Nintendo" feel to the aesthetics while keeping the bright cartoon visuals that the franchise is best known for. Worms: A Space Oddity has allowed us to let our imaginations run wild with regards to the look and feel of the six different planets that the worms battle on. We've gone for an embossed 3D cardboard cut-out look throughout, taking inspiration from games such as Paper Mario and Yoshi's Island.

    IGN: How deep is the single-player campaign? How many stages will you be able to play through, what kinds of environments are available, and how destructible is everything?

    Gilbert: The single player aspect of Worms: A Space Oddity is one of the most diverse Worms experiences to date. The player has a brand new set of single-player missions across six separate planets, which encapsulate all previous forms of single-player challenges from past Worms games. This includes a mix of death-matches, puzzles and brand new party games. For the first time in a Worms game, progression through the missions is much more open, with the player having a say in the path they take through the game. The single-player game is also much more plot driven than previous incarnations, with comical cut scenes aiding in the direction of the story.

    Not only does each of the planets have a very distinct look and feel, they also have settings and events that set them apart from one another. This gives the player a genuine reason for selecting which planet to battle upon because each planet throws up a different challenge. Each environment is also fully deformable, allowing the user to wreak havoc and destruction as well as indulge in underhanded tactics by burrowing into the landscapes.

    IGN: Will any A Space Oddity levels be set in space, and will physics be influenced? If so, can you give us some examples?

    Gilbert: All the environments in Worms: A Space Oddity are set in the far reaches of outer space, apart from Earth, which aptly sits at the other side of a worm hole. The six planets are found within a fictional solar system and each has its own distinct physical parameters. From planet to planet, the player will encounter differences in the landscape's friction including differing powers of gravitational pull and differing strengths of wind. Each of these differences results in very diverse gameplay experiences across each planet. For example, on a level with low gravity, the worms will be able to jump further and take longer to fall back to the ground. This will affect the amount of damage worms sustain after a fall. In addition, weapons are also affected by gravity and wind, where they can be thrown higher and further into the air, adding a whole other level of strategy to take into consideration.

    IGN: Will you be able to play as different Worms factions? Which ones?

    Gilbert: Each team consists of three individual worms with up to four teams able to play in-game at any one time. Each team can be fully customized to be unique from all the other teams by changing their names, team flags, skins and numerous other options. Unfortunately, there are no options to set up separate factions similar to the clans in Worms: Open Warfare 2. This was a conscious choice to keep the game as simple and user-friendly as possible. The aim was to create a user interface which could be navigated as easily by an experienced Worms fan as it could by a complete newcomer to the game. We felt that adding clans to the mix only served in making the process of playing a game far too complex.

    IGN: How are you adapting the Worms franchise to the Wii remote? This is probably the single most important question to our readers, so please be detailed in your response.

    Gilbert: We have re-designed nearly every aspect of the game to accommodate use of the Wii Remote. All weapons found in the game are fired by making use of the various features of the remote controller. In addition, each weapon also has its own unique and appropriate gesture which the player must perform to utilize the weapon. For example, certain weapons can be fired with varying degrees of power, the more work the player puts into the gesture when firing the weapon, the more benefit they see in the on-screen action. This proves to be a very intuitive and instinctive way of utilizing the weapons and allows for heightened accuracy in firing. The game's menu system is also designed from the ground up for the Wii and can be controlled entirely with the remote's pointer functionality.

    IGN: Will you be using the Wii remote to aim in-game?

    Gilbert: The Wii Remote's pointer functionality is used in a number of ways in-game and all weapons make use of the remote controller's unique functionality to either aim or fire. An entirely new firing mechanism has been used for projectile and thrown weapons, which allows the user to aim and fire more accurately than ever before in a Worms game. It also presents the ability to fine-tune in order to pull off highly skilled, very accurate shots with relative ease. In addition, the player may also use the on-screen cursor to manipulate the camera and navigate their view of the entire gameplay area at any point during gameplay to gain the upper-hand over the battlefield.

    IGN: Does the game use the Wii remote for gestures? Can you give us some examples?

    Gilbert: As previously mentioned, each weapon has its own unique gesture which the player must utilize in order to place or fire a weapon. These gestures are varied and specific to the weapon that they accompany and reflect what one would expect to be used for that particular weapon. An example of this would be the gesture used to fire the Astro Punch, which is a weapon similar to the Firepunch in previous Worms games. The weapon can either be used to make the worm perform an uppercut motion that knocks the enemy into the air at roughly 45 degrees or a jab motion that sends the enemy flying away at roughly 10 degrees. The action performed by the worm depends on the gesture performed by the player. An uppercut gesture with the remote performs the uppercut, while a swipe gesture performs the jab.

    IGN: Your announcement states that A Space Oddity will feature party games. Can you give us some examples? Exactly how will these work?

    Gilbert: The party games can be found in two separate areas of the game: in the single player Story Mode and in their own section of the menu-system. When encountering party games in the Story Mode, they appear to the player like normal missions. The player must complete the party game in each of the individual planets in order to progress in the single-player story. Completion of the party game in the Story Mode then unlocks it so that it can be accessed and replayed from the party games option within the menu-system. Unlocked party games can then be played by up to four players and have proven to be very popular in the office!

    IGN: Has your weapon arsenal been expanded in A Space Oddity? What classic weapons will be returning and will you be introducing any new weapons?

    Gilbert: All of the returning weapons in Worms: A Space Oddity have been re-imagined for the Wii and have a distinct space-themed twist to them. Most of these will be familiar from previous Worms games, such as the Drop Ship, which has similar destructive purposes as the Concrete Donkey, and the Guided Missile, which allows the user to control the path of a projectile. We deliberately designed the weapon set in Worms: A Space Oddity to be much more accessible for newcomers who may not be familiar with the often confusing plethora of weapons, while not jeopardizing the off-the-wall weapon concepts that the series is so popular for.

    IGN: Your release specifies that there will be more customization options than ever before. How so?

    Gilbert: The player is presented with endless opportunities with which they can customize the appearance of their worms, from the hats on their heads to the color of their skin. The player is also tooled with the ability to customize their team flags, which can be seen in both online and offline games, choose the gravestones that the dearly departed leave behind, and pick from a number of entirely new speech banks. In addition to customizing the appearance of their worms, the player also has an extremely comprehensive landscape editor to sculpt and carve the perfect landscape on which their worms do battle. With the ability to also use pre-defined stamps and shapes, the player will be spoiled with the scope of customization offered in Worms: A Space Oddity.

    IGN: We're delighted to hear that Worms: A Space Oddity will feature a four-player online component. How will this function work? Will gamers need to exchange Wii friend codes with one another to play against each other or will there be a random battles system in place?

    Gilbert: We're also very excited about the opportunity to take Worms online with the Wii as it has proven to be very popular as an online multiplayer game. There are several options when it comes to playing an online game. The player is able to choose whether they want to play against specific friends which they have already added to their friends list, or go online to meet new people. If the player then decides that they've had a particularly good game, they can choose to add that player to their friends list to challenge them at a later date.

    IGN: How customizable will online matches be?

    Gilbert: The player has a number of customization options when it comes to setting up and playing an online match. As expected, they can change the game fundamentals, such as the environment in which they play, the game scheme and the number of opponents. They then also have the ability to choose the appearance of their online team by selecting hats and victory dances, creating a team flag that will serve as their online identity, as well as using landscapes that they have created offline in the Landscape Editor.

    IGN: Online, can you play teams - two against two or three against one?

    Gilbert: Up to four players can play at any one time during an online match. It isn't possible to ally teams this time around though. The option not to include this feature was a conscious choice, as the aim was to create a friendly, clean interface which allowed the player to set up a game with as few options as necessary. We felt any added complexity such as allying teams began to compromise this goal.

    IGN: Will you be utilizing WiiConnect24 to deliver future updates to A Space Oddity, such as downloadable levels or weapon upgrades?

    Gilbert: Players will be able to use the WiiConnect24 service to download a number of additional assets which they may then use in-game. This allows the game to constantly expand and ensures that there will always be something for the player to be looking forward to. This is an exciting prospect for us, as it allows us to keep adding content to the game even after release!

    IGN: Worms: A Space Oddity is an ideal candidate to make use of a Wii headset for voice-over-IP. Have you thought about pushing for a headset from Nintendo or about using Wii's USB slots for compatibility with a third party headset?

    Gilbert: Unfortunately, due to time constraints and no known plans from Nintendo to support this functionality, it wasn't really an option in Worms: A Space Oddity. It certainly would be a nice addition to online gameplay. However, there is a text based chat option implemented which allows players to communicate using pre-defined text strings when communicating with random players and text input for friends so users can still taunt their opponents!

    IGN: Are any aspects of the DS' Worms: Open Warfare 2 making their way over to A Space Oddity, including create-a-level, create-a-flag, or system-specific mini-games?

    Gilbert: The Landscape Editor makes a welcome return to Worms: A Space Oddity from Worms: Open Warfare 2 on the DS. An updated and more feature-heavy version of this will be present and has full Wii remote functionality. Players can create their landscapes offline and then use them to battle online against friends. The mini-games are also present this time around with the added option to play these against other opponents.

    IGN: Will there be an option to play Worms: A Space Oddity with a classic controller or a GameCube controller?

    Gilbert: Unfortunately, due to the gesture based motions required to use the weapons in Worms: A Space Oddity, there is no classic controller or GameCube controller compatibility. Besides, flailing one's arms about in a frenzied attack against the opposition is undoubtedly part of the fun!

    IGN: Any final words for fans excited about this project?

    Gilbert: All I can say is to keep an eye out for Worms: A Space Oddity as it's shaping up to be a very great game indeed!

    Oh yeah Screeeeeeeeeens!