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Earthworm Jim 4 teased by creator Doug TenNapel

Long-dormant series could make a return

Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel could be working on a new game in the classic 2D shooter series.


So hints a recent post on the Earthworm Jim Facebook page (spotted by ONM), which appears to be moderated by TenNapel himself.

The post reads, "Everyone loves Earthworm Jim 1 and 2, and I don't generally acknowledge EWJ 3 [Earthworm Jim 3D] as a real part of the Jim universe. So if I was making another Jim game, would it be too confusing to call it Jim 3? Or would it have to be Jim 4? How about 'Earthworm Jim 4 the Fans'?"

Nothing more is said on the matter, but it would suggest that TenNapel is at least considering bringing back the long-dormant franchise.

Developed by Shiny Entertainment, Earthworm Jim debuted in 1993 on Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, with a sequel closely following in 1995. The 2D scrolling shooter was a hit with gamers, known for its slapstick humor, twisted world, detailed animation and quirky soundtrack.

Things took a turn for the worse with Earthworm Jim 3D, released in 1997, which was poorly received, and likewise the Game Boy spin-off Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy failed to impress. Neither of them were developed by Shiny.

Earthworm Jim HD, a remake of the original, was released on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network (PS3) in 2010, with the new addition of online multiplayer.