Those looking forward to Team 17's cartoonishly violent sheep-herding title Flockers can expect to get their hands on an Early Access version as soon as late April, according to an interview the developers gave to Strategy Informer at indie event Rezzed.
"We're going to put the game on Steam Early Access late April to May time," said Team 17's Senior Business Development head Nick Clarkson. "We'll put it out with about 20 levels in it to get people's reactions to it, like did they like the blood, what did they want to see more of, etc.
Speaking of blood, Team 17 don't seem too concerned about possible negative reactions to a game where you can pin a sheep to the ceiling with metal spikes. "One thing we're toying with is a type of "morality meter" where if you don't kill the sheep you get halos and angels will sing, and if you do kill sheep... it'll recognise that you're a sheep-slayer! There's something very satisfying in the way the buzz-saws come down and just seeing sheep get obliterated."
After confirming that the brave Super Sheep, a particularly devastating weapon from the Worms series, will make an appearance in Flockers, Clarkson interestingly highlighted an apparent cross-over between the two games. "We actually had a meeting on Tuesday where we discussed if when you clicked on a Super Sheep whether or not it would play the fanfare! We'll see! There's definitely going to be other nods to Worms in there. If you look closely in the background you'll see that it's the Worms weapons factory, and moving around are some silhouettes of worms, there's a conveyor belt where a Concrete Donkey is being made. They're not integral to the game though. Then again, if the game really takes off in Early Access we'll see! Will the abilities change? Maybe, nothings set in stone really."