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'''''Worms Battle Rally''''' was a 3D kart-based frag rally video game developed by Team 17, a spin-off of the artillery strategy series, ''Worms''. This game was to feature ''Worms'' characters and weapons from the main series. ''Worms Battle Rally'' was believed to have supposed to been released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the PC. However, the game was cancelled sometime in 2003, being replaced by ''Worms Forts: Under Siege''.<ref>[http://www.unseen64.net/2010/12/17/worms-battle-rally-ps2-xbox-gamecube-cancelled/ Unseen64 article.]</ref>
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'''''Worms Battle Rally''''' was a 3D kart-based frag rally video game developed by Team 17, a spin-off of the artillery strategy series, ''Worms''. The game was supposed to been released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the PC sometime in 2004. However, it was cancelled in 2003, being replaced by ''Worms Forts: Under Siege''.<ref>[http://www.unseen64.net/2010/12/17/worms-battle-rally-ps2-xbox-gamecube-cancelled/ ''Unseen64'' article.]</ref>
  
Not much is known about the game. During an interview with Martyn Brown in issue 73 of ''Retro Gamer'', he stated that ''Worms Battle Rally'' was part of a deal with an unknown publisher. However, despite nearly completing the game, the publisher was unsatisified with the game, and via their market research, ''Worms Forts: Under Siege'' was created and released instead. ''Worms Battle Rally'' was cancelled shortly afterwards in 2003, with no future plans to restart development of the game (although there are rumours that a demo disc was produced).<ref>[http://tim32.org/~muzer/t17-archive/forum.team17.com/archive/index.php/t-34134.html Archived Team 17 forum discussing ''Worms Battle Rally''.]</ref>
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==Background==
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Described by Unseen64 as being similar to ''Mario Kart'''s Battle Mode, ''Worms Battle Rally'' was developed as part of a deal with an unknown publisher according to Team 17's co-founder, Martyn Brown, during an interview with ''Retro Gamer''.<ref>Issue 73 of ''Retro Gamer'' where Martyn Brown discusses ''Worms Battle Rally'''s development and cancellation.</ref> Additionally, developer Julian Holtom summarised the game in an interview with ''Unseen 64'' as an example of the ''Worms'' franchise being incorporated into other genres to attract its fanbase, with ''Mario Kart'' being the inspiration for the spin-off.<ref>[https://www.unseen64.net/2017/01/31/unseen-interview-julian-holtom-imagitec-ocean-team17/ ''Unseen64'' interview involving Julian Holtom discussing the game and providing two screenshots.]</ref> Containing elements from the main ''Worms'' series, the available screenshots indicate that the game was near completion. Additionally, a demo disc was rumoured to have been produced for the game,<ref>[http://tim32.org/~muzer/t17-archive/forum.team17.com/archive/index.php/t-34134.html Archived Team 17 forum discussing ''Worms Battle Rally''.]</ref> while composer Bjørn Lynne recorded eleven music tracks that he uploaded to YouTube on 5th April, 2020.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97gg5OWeI2M&list=PL2bVaYSMwe-yrLTLAWj1tso7M4paVEviR&index=2&t=0s YouTube playlist containing Bjørn Lynne's music tracks for ''Worms Battle Rally'']</ref>
  
No copy of the game has been uploaded to the internet and only two screenshots of the game can be found online.<ref>[http://www.dream17.info/softography.php?id=83&s=screens Dream 17 on ''Worms Battle Rally''.]</ref> The rumoured demo disc has also not yet been found, nor has its existence been confirmed to be real.
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==Cancellation==
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Development of ''Worms Battle Rally'' was hampered by multiple issues, one of which involving Team 17's lack of experience developing driving games. Despite Team 17's efforts in finishing development, the unnamed publisher was ultimately unsatisfied with the game. According to Brown during an interview with ''Retro Gamesmaster'', excessive interference from the publisher further lowered morale towards releasing the ''Worms'' spin-off.<ref>[http://www.retrogamesmaster.co.uk/martyn-brown-co-founder-team-17/ Retro Gamesmaster interview with Martyn Brown, where he discusses the producer's interference during the development of ''Worms Battle Rally''.]</ref> Holtom claimed morale was further reduced when the team realised the game's quality was below expectations, especially when compared to previously released games. Ultimately, based on market research data gathered by the publisher at the time, ''Worms Forts: Under Siege'' was believed to be the more suitable concept, being created and released instead. ''Worms Battle Rally'' was cancelled shortly afterwards in 2003, with no plans to restart development in the future.
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==Availability==
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No copies of ''Worms Battle Rally'', from the full build to the demo disc, have resurfaced online. Aside from various sources describing the game's content, only four screenshots of ''Worms Battle Rally'', possibly of different builds, are currently available for public viewing.<ref>[http://www.dream17.info/softography.php?id=83&s=screens Dream 17 article on ''Worms Battle Rally''.]</ref>
  
 
==Gallery==
 
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File:Wormsbattlerally2.jpg|The only other existing screenshot of ''Worms Battle Rally''.
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File:Wormsbattlerally4.jpg|Second screenshot of ''Worms Battle Rally''  
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File:Wormsbattlerally_01.png|Another screenshot of ''Worms Battle Rally'', possibly showcasing another build.
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File:Wormsbattlerally_02.png|Screenshot showcasing ''Worms Battle Rally'''s combat.
 
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==References==
 
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*Issue 73 of ''Retro Gamer''.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 04:01, 3 March 2021

Wormsbattlerally3.jpg

Screenshot of Worms Battle Rally.

Status: Lost

Worms Battle Rally was a 3D kart-based frag rally video game developed by Team 17, a spin-off of the artillery strategy series, Worms. The game was supposed to been released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the PC sometime in 2004. However, it was cancelled in 2003, being replaced by Worms Forts: Under Siege.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Described by Unseen64 as being similar to Mario Kart's Battle Mode, Worms Battle Rally was developed as part of a deal with an unknown publisher according to Team 17's co-founder, Martyn Brown, during an interview with Retro Gamer.[2] Additionally, developer Julian Holtom summarised the game in an interview with Unseen 64 as an example of the Worms franchise being incorporated into other genres to attract its fanbase, with Mario Kart being the inspiration for the spin-off.[3] Containing elements from the main Worms series, the available screenshots indicate that the game was near completion. Additionally, a demo disc was rumoured to have been produced for the game,[4] while composer Bjørn Lynne recorded eleven music tracks that he uploaded to YouTube on 5th April, 2020.[5]

Cancellation[edit | edit source]

Development of Worms Battle Rally was hampered by multiple issues, one of which involving Team 17's lack of experience developing driving games. Despite Team 17's efforts in finishing development, the unnamed publisher was ultimately unsatisfied with the game. According to Brown during an interview with Retro Gamesmaster, excessive interference from the publisher further lowered morale towards releasing the Worms spin-off.[6] Holtom claimed morale was further reduced when the team realised the game's quality was below expectations, especially when compared to previously released games. Ultimately, based on market research data gathered by the publisher at the time, Worms Forts: Under Siege was believed to be the more suitable concept, being created and released instead. Worms Battle Rally was cancelled shortly afterwards in 2003, with no plans to restart development in the future.

Availability[edit | edit source]

No copies of Worms Battle Rally, from the full build to the demo disc, have resurfaced online. Aside from various sources describing the game's content, only four screenshots of Worms Battle Rally, possibly of different builds, are currently available for public viewing.[7]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]