Following the confirmation of a new Earthworm Jim game being in development, original creator Doug TenNapel has teased some artwork showing the character in novel fashion.
Doug has been rather active on Instagram lately, posting several photos of the old Earthworm Jim, which is not unusual for creators, who sometimes share artwork and possible designs for their characters even years after their debuts. After Intellivision Entertainment disclosed plans to have a new Earthworm Jim published for its upcoming console, three new depictions have surfaced.
"Version 1" shows a traditional image of Jim, but "cartoonier," as TenNapel describes it. The second image is of a younger and more comical Jim, while the third displays the character "built for bigger militant action."
TenNapel has admitted that he draws his ideas out in order to find out if they're good, so we can't be sure whether or not we'll ever see any of these versions of Jim in a game. It's also very likely that he'll appear as one of these morphs, although the game isn't due until 2020.
Intellivision will reenter the console arena next year, as it has revealed plans to release the Intellivision Amico. The system's pricing should range between $149 and $179, while games will cost between $2.99 and $7.99 each.
The new Earthworm Jim project marks a reunion for the original development team, with ten of the original programmers, artists, audio team members, and level designers returning to work on the game.
“We have been talking about this moment for many years, it’s a dream come true to finally get the entire team back together,” Intellivision CEO and president Tommy Tallarico said in a press release obtained from Variety.
“We’re looking forward to sharing a small part of our reunion and initial design meeting with fans from around the world. Intellivision Amico is designed to bring friends and families together and we are excited for fans and those just being introduced to the series to get a first look as we kick-off the design of the game.”
Intellivision will be livestreaming a concept meeting for the game in the future, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.