Oddworld can be a cruel place, from the mechanically enhanced gun toting stupidity of a patrolling Slig to the razor sharp beak of a ferocious crab-beast Scrab, you have to watch where you step. Once a beautiful and vivid world the Oddworld is being viciously destroyed by greed fueled megalithic corporate families. Meat packing, bone mining and animal experimentation super factories dominate the landscape and darken the sky with choking pillars of filth. Selected by the fickle finger of fate certain unlikely heroes will come forth to haphazardly and more often than not unwillingly rescue the enslaved, free the soon-to-be-pie and just maybe give the greedy a bit of what they deserve.
Return of Oddworld
After the shutdown of Oddworld Inhabitance in 2005, the Oddworld series future was unknown. In May 2008,
Jeff Braun, co-founder of Maxis announced that he would be working with Oddworld Inhabitants on the next Oddworld and stated that it would feature "revolutionary new 3-D animation system" and "cinematic quality on a '1 to 1 scale' to that of computer-generated motion pictures,". He said about the development team, "They're such a talented group of people and I really trust their ability to create compelling content."
There is no date, name or platforms set yet for the game but Braun noted that because of a slow production schedule it could make it "years" before the game is released, possibly making it one of the first next-gen games announced.
In July 2010 Just Add Water, developer of PSN title Gravity Crash, announced that they were working in collaboration with Lorne Lanning and Oddworld Inhabitants on multiple new Oddworld projects across various platforms. As of this date they claim to be one year in to development.
Just Add Water’s Managing Director Stewart Gilray said:
“To work with the team at Oddworld has been amazing; being able to tap the minds of Lorne Lanning, Sherry McKenna and others has been fantastic,”
“It’s almost symbiotic in that when something moves forward on any of the projects we just start chatting about new items, or what if we do this” “We’re all extremely excited to breathe life into the Oddworld universe and indeed to let it breathe life into us.”
Unreleased Oddworld Games
- It would have followed the story of an albino Slig, born in a complex it must escape to avoid infanticide.
Oddworld: Munch's Exoddus
Oddworld: Squeek's Oddysee
- Expected third game in the Quintology.
Oddworld: Nod's Oddysee
- Was never planned, and Lorne confirmed this.
Oddworld: The Hand of Odd
- A real-time strategy game planned to be online.
Oddworld: The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot
- An action game more or less similar to Stranger's Wrath, and planned to take place on a different continent.