Worms Rumble has finally launched on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC, translating the series’ tactical 2D carnage into a bombastic multiplayer shooter.
So far, Team17’s latest entry in the long-running series seems to be going down relatively well, Worms Rumble sitting on a comfortable OpenCritic average of 67. One of the game’s strongest features is how it allows for cross platform play between all current versions with PC players able to team up and/or throw down against those on PlayStation consoles.
However, with previous Worms games having appeared on Microsoft and Nintendo systems, some of the series’ fans are asking if Worms Rumble is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch.
Developer and publisher Team17 have yet to confirm whether Worms Rumble will be made available elsewhere or whether it will remain locked on PlayStation and PC.
On the surface, there’s no reason why Team17 might want to avoid these platforms. The Xbox family of consoles is more than capable of running Worms Rumble and, as we’ve seen with games such as Fortnite, Dead By Daylight, Rocket League, Dauntless, and others, crossplay between Sony and Microsoft systems is doable.
The same goes for the Nintendo Switch which seems like such a good candidate for Worms Rumble. Although not as powerful as its current or last gen counterparts, we’ve seen plenty of big multiplayer games make the jump to Nintendo’s handheld.
There could be several factors behind why Worms Rumble hasn’t appeared on other consoles at launch. With PlayStation being the market leader, Team17 could simply be testing the waters instead of committing to the development and ongoing support of multiple versions of the game.
Also, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Worms Rumble is the headline game for this month’s PlayStation Plus offering. Although unconfirmed, there’s a chance Sony and Team17 have some kind of exclusivity deal in play (maybe similar to the one that got Fall Guys onto PS4?).
In our review, Gareth awarded Worms Rumble a 7 out of 10, concluding:
Although purists may balk at Worms Rumble, I found Team17’s reinvention to be a welcome change in direction for the series. Real-time action wrapped around the battle royale genre works a treat here when combined with the zany, explosive world of Worms, but in order to become a multiple mainstay it needs more depth both in terms of strategy and player progression.
Hopefully we’ll see Worms Rumble wriggle its way onto more platforms in 2021.