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Worms Rumble Announced, Featuring Real-Time Combat And A Battle Royale Mode

A new Worms game is in the works on PS5, PS4, and PC, and it's unlike anything else in the series' history--and there's a beta coming up soon.


Team 17 has announced a new Worms game to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary, and it's unlike anything we've seen before from the series. The game, Worms Rumble, is a real-time combat game for up to 32 players, with cross-play enabled. It will release for PC, PS5, and PS4.

Each player will control a single worm in either Team Deathmatch or Battle Royale (both solo and squad) combat, and will battle it out over huge, semi-destructable environments. The game will receive regular content updates to add new levels and worm customizations, and there's a rank system to unlock cosmetics.

Weapons available at launch include the iconic Bazooka, Hand Cannon, Baseball Bat, Assault Rifle, and Shotgun. The trailer below also shows the Holy Hand Grenade making an appearance.

There will be seasonable events and challenges to take part in, too. You can register now to try the game's closed beta, which will run from July 15 at 4 AM PT until July 20 at midnight PT, if you're curious about how Worms will work in real-time.

In a statement sent to press, lead designer Adam Findlay called Worms Rumble "a significant rethink around the Worms experience," and said that he hopes that the cross-play 32-player experience will "unite the community and newcomers to the series in wonderfully Worms-tastic mayhem."

There is no mention of a potential Xbox or Nintendo Switch release, so console players will need a PlayStation 4 or 5 to jump in.

The last game in the Worms series was Worms: W.M.D., which was a more traditional turn-based Worms combat game. It received an 8/10 in GameSpot's review, and reviewer Jason D'Aprile called it "easily the best game in the Worms series in several years."

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