Worms3_LogoDid you know that today marks the 4 year anniversary of Team 17's classic artillery game Worms [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] dropping in the iOS App Store? No? That's ok, that would be sort of weird if you did know that. Anyway, to mark this momentous occasion Team 17 has announced that a third entry in the series, called Worms 3 naturally, is heading to iOS later this year.

Wait, third entry I'm hearing you ask? Aren't there like fifty billion Worms games already? Yep, there sure are, however this would be the third game since the series rebooted with just plain ol' Worms back in 2007, followed by Worms 2: Armageddon [$0.99] in 2009. There were a bunch of other games in between those ones too, but, just go with the whole Worms 3 thing, okay?

So what can we expect from this forthcoming Worms 3? Well, a lot of stuff actually. A new Class system for your Worms breaks each one into Heavy, Scientist, Scout and Soldier classes for more strategic play. There's also a new Card system where you can earn in-game rewards and use them to purchase bronze, silver and gold cards to help you out in battle. Here's a bunch of screens from the new Worms 3.

Worms 3 - Banana Bomb-1

Worms 3 - AirStrike-1 Worms 3 - Customisation-1 Worms 3 - Armageddon-1

Worms 3 - Old Woman-1 Worms 3 - Fire Punch-1 Worms 3 - Weapons Panel-1

Worms 3 will also boast new graphics, a streamlined UI and menu system, a new d-pad control option in addition to the regular touch control scheme, 4 environmental themes: Beach, Spooky, Farmyard and Sewer, 27 single player missions and a new single player Bodycount mode, and of course asynchronous online and local multiplayer modes. There will also be new weapons like a Black Hole Grenade and some returning favorites like the Homing Pigeon and the Old Lady.

Worms 3 will be exclusive to mobile and is set to launch sometime in Q3 of this year. No pricing was announced, but it sounds like all the pieces are in place for a free-to-play model, though I'm just speculating. If you have room in your life for just one more Worms game, then set your sights for later this year when Worms 3 hits iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and stop by the thread in our forums for some discussion while you're at it.

  • wigzisonfire

    You have time to write articles about a game no one cares about but have not managed to write a sentence let alone even tell us that Tiny Thief has infact been released. Well done chaps.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Wow.

      • ZarieoZ

        Hey Jared, off-topic but do you know if Firaxis reached their expectations. Did XCom get the support they expected? It has been bothering me, being a milestone for iOS gaming & all, people saying its a test for premium games in iOS world, yet no feedback as to what the results of this test was!!

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        No idea, we'll see if they release some numbers at some point but my gut tells me that it was a success.

      • ZarieoZ

        It feels like a success for me too, but yeah guess we'll wait & see. Thanks for replying :-)

    • basil

      Mean man

    • Reignmaker

      You're stupid.

    • ImJPaul

      If you were in front of me I'd slap you for being rude. Not worth the close fisted punch. Apologize!

  • Jef Crisis

    I care about Worms 3. Just so you know.

    • Flare_TM

      Here here!

  • smes3817

    We're the first 2 worth picking up? I've always been super interested but never actually took the plunge. Was the execution of the ports well done?

    • famousringo

      They were... okay. Performance was poor in some spots, art assets were a little inconsistent, and it did crash every now and then, but the games were playable and enjoyable.

      Still, I'm really looking forward to a ground-up iOS version built with mobile in mind from the start.

    • Mad.Whack

      I wouldn't bother getting getting worms 2. I bought it but barely played it and I like the worms franchise :/

  • denisvjcr

    So this is a new game designed for mobile and not a port like previous games mmmmm.

    I think I will buy this one .

  • ZarieoZ

    I was so excited for this, but you lost me at the free-to-play part in the last sentence. I'll live, it's been a great year for iOS gaming, & I can skip this game & play the other games made by real people, with no iAP & scam.

    • ImJPaul

      If you skip out on all freemium games you're missing out on some real gems. The model can work. I know that's blasphemy here but it's the truth.

      • lyace21

        Lets just hope it does work :)

      • Jake7905

        Sure, free-to-play can work, but it's always at the expense of the game's balance and always distorts the design of the game.

        I can't help but think how good those freemium "gems" would be if they were designed without monetary checkpoints.

      • ZarieoZ

        Yup Jake7905 said it all. I don't accept this model. Whether its not balanced or semi-balanced (no such thing as completely balanced) I just plain refuse it. The games loses its spark to me, even if it was my most beloved franchise, I'll skip.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Just to be clear, I'm totally guessing this will be f2p. I just have that funny feeling about it. But it's entirely possible that it's just a normal paid game, too.

      • ZarieoZ

        Yeah but since you've been in this industry for a long time, maybe this guess comes form experience. Hope you're wrong this time though ;-)

    • Team17

      Hey guys, just to confirm this won't be a F2P title and will be a paid app. Hope that helps and that you'll all enjoy the game! :)

  • RichRuzz

    I'm so excited for this! Always been a Worms fan since Armageddon.

    • ratsinheat

      Since 2009?

  • philadendron

    Disappointed it's not coming to consoles. I routinely have 3 friends over and play Worms on my 360 while we drink beer and shoot the shit. Even my wife will play.

  • Flare_TM

    Can't wait to play this async!

  • praxcelis

    Wow. Just wow. I've been playing Worms games since '95— off and on, of course. Before that it was Tank Wars, or whatever, in college. Played even earlier tank games of the same formula in late 80s.

    Forget that Team 17 can't seem to make anything else since their Amiga days. Worms is a great franchise.

  • Ridgecity

    Hopefully the online won't SUCK BIG TIME now. It's hard to beat opponents if they don't get penalized if they leave a game.

  • Timobrow

    So long as the controls are better than previous worms ports, I'll be happy. My one problem with these games has been the poor controls.