Just Add Water Creating Multiple Oddworld Titles

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Oddworld is finally making its long-anticipated return. Just Add Water, the studio behind PSN-exclusive retro shooter Gravity Crash, revealed last night that it's crafting several Oddworld projects on multiple platforms in collaboration with Oddworld Inhabitants and franchise creator Lorne Lanning
  
As for specifics, JAW isn't willing to divulge anything at this time. The announcement on its website does mention, however, that more information will come over the next "few week and months" about these games that will star "your favorite Oddworld characters." So, there's that at least. 



== TEASER ==Lorne Lanning has insisted an announcement revolving around Oddworld would be coming for some time, which helped fuel rather persistent rumors that Abe and the bunch would get another shot in this generation. Oddworld hasn't seen a new game since 2005 when the Xbox-exclusive Stranger's Wrath, a first-person shooter spin-off, was released.

“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," JAW's managing director Steward Gilray said in a statement. "We’re all extremely excited to breathe life into the Oddworld universe and indeed to let it breathe life into us.” 
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Oddworld is finally making its long-anticipated return. Just Add Water, the studio behind PSN-exclusive retro shooter Gravity Crash, revealed last night that it's crafting several Oddworld projects on multiple platforms in collaboration with Oddworld Inhabitants and franchise creator Lorne Lanning
  
As for specifics, JAW isn't willing to divulge anything at this time. The announcement on its website does mention, however, that more information will come over the next "few week and months" about these games that will star "your favorite Oddworld characters." So, there's that at least. 



== TEASER ==Lorne Lanning has insisted an announcement revolving around Oddworld would be coming for some time, which helped fuel rather persistent rumors that Abe and the bunch would get another shot in this generation. Oddworld hasn't seen a new game since 2005 when the Xbox-exclusive Stranger's Wrath, a first-person shooter spin-off, was released.

“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," JAW's managing director Steward Gilray said in a statement. "We’re all extremely excited to breathe life into the Oddworld universe and indeed to let it breathe life into us.” 
#2 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (964 posts) -

I've missed Oddworld, though it's been ten years since I lost interest in the direction the franchise took.

#3 Posted by stankit (98 posts) -

Awesome.

#4 Edited by Lazyaza (2176 posts) -

Sweet, wonder whats happening with the pc ports of Munch and Wrath but eh more Oddworld in any form is a good thing.

#5 Posted by SpaceKangaroo (138 posts) -

YUM :D

#6 Posted by SamFo (1528 posts) -

I used to think General Drippik was a badass. Also a big fan of Mullock. But really I think that the characters themselves came second to the creature designs in Oddworld. 
 
Parmites, Scrabs, Fleeches, Slogs, Glukkons, Mudokons, Gabbits, Vyykers, Sligs!!! All brilliant.
#7 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2483 posts) -

I was in 5th grade the last time I played an Oddworld game, I don't know how strongly my nostalgia for it stands up but it'll still be really interesting to see what comes out of this.

#8 Posted by Kiemoe (1055 posts) -

I hope this has something to do with the concept art from the scrapped Oddworld game that leaked a while back

#9 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -

As I've made very clear both on twitter, and on the GB forums, I am a huge fan of the oddworld series, and I am super excited about these new projects. ODDWORLD!!!!!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

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#10 Posted by Zephyr (29 posts) -

All they have to do is redraw and beautify Oddworld 1 and 2, and put them on XBLA/PSN/Steam. I hope that's what they're doing.

#11 Posted by dvdhaus (356 posts) -

This news is AWESOME!  Can't wait, hope Stranger's Wrath gets re-released as a downloadable with enhanced graphics.  Great game and a great franchise.

#12 Edited by omgmetalgear (141 posts) -

XBLA please
 
edit: wait, were oddworld games PS only?

#13 Posted by BeachThunder (11832 posts) -

I hope it will be like the first two games, but I doubt it. Oh well, still awesome news.

#14 Posted by HooliganTuesday (119 posts) -

Oh god please be 2d.

#15 Posted by sketch (194 posts) -
@omgmetalgear: They were on PC too. You can grab them for cheap on steam
#16 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

I bought the Oddworld pack during the Steam sale. I really need to play them and I guess I have a reason to do it now.

#17 Edited by BoOzak (906 posts) -

Nice, glad the franshise isnt dead! Even though the last couple games wernt up to the same standards as the first 2 they still wernt all that bad. To my knowledge there still hasnt been any games quite like those, Here's to hoping for more original & creative games from these guys ;)

#18 Posted by Grilledcheez (3947 posts) -

Very nice!

#19 Posted by opivypunk (20 posts) -

Do want!

#20 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -
@HooliganTuesday said:
" Oh god please be 2d. "
The Abe twitter account has been throwing out hints about "2.5", which may hint at one of the projects being a 2.5D game, hopefully featuring classic Abe's Oddysee & Exoddus gameplay.
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#21 Posted by TonyBlue87 (294 posts) -

Do yourselves a favor and go back and play Oddysee and Exoddus.  Those games are still hard as hell and require pixel-perfect platforming.  I can only hope that this is how they're keeping the series.
 
Hey-lo!

#22 Posted by brechtos (30 posts) -

Hope they can pull it of as well as Odworld inh. did. 
Still waiting for the oddbox
#23 Posted by adamfedoruk (219 posts) -

YES YES YES YES YES  
also, goddamnit i guess imma be playing some Oddworld this weekend

#24 Posted by Tebbit (4460 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" @HooliganTuesday said:
" Oh god please be 2d. "
The Abe twitter account has been throwing out hints about "2.5", which may hint at one of the projects being a 2.5D game, hopefully featuring classic Abe's Oddysee & Exoddus gameplay. "
Yes, but the Abe twitter account has also been saying "Hello" to hundreds upon hundreds of complete strangers. I wouldn't trust him.
#25 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -
@Tebbit said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" @HooliganTuesday said:
" Oh god please be 2d. "
The Abe twitter account has been throwing out hints about "2.5", which may hint at one of the projects being a 2.5D game, hopefully featuring classic Abe's Oddysee & Exoddus gameplay. "
Yes, but the Abe twitter account has also been saying "Hello" to hundreds upon hundreds of complete strangers. I wouldn't trust him. "
The "Hello" posts are entirely in-character posts (since Abe says "Hello" to get Mudoken's attention in the game), to people I who have tweeted to him, or have started following him. It is a legitimate account belonging to the developers, since they linked to it in their announcement post.
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#26 Posted by ribeye (411 posts) -

awesome, can't wait, Oddysee and Exxodus were both 2.5D-ish if you remember.  at least in one of them at a couple points the camera kinda panned over and went down the Z-axis for a min before returning to straight up side scrolling.  there was always something happening in the backgrounds and at times you could interact and/or go to that background layer 
 
oddworld has always been one of my favorites
 
anyway
 
whatever happened to Citizen Siege?  anyone know?
#27 Posted by HooliganTuesday (119 posts) -
@MattyFTM: So if i make a sad noise will the Abe twitter try and comfort me?
#28 Posted by Tebbit (4460 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" @Tebbit said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" @HooliganTuesday said:
" Oh god please be 2d. "
The Abe twitter account has been throwing out hints about "2.5", which may hint at one of the projects being a 2.5D game, hopefully featuring classic Abe's Oddysee & Exoddus gameplay. "
Yes, but the Abe twitter account has also been saying "Hello" to hundreds upon hundreds of complete strangers. I wouldn't trust him. "
The "Hello" posts are entirely in-character posts (since Abe says "Hello" to get Mudoken's attention in the game), to people I who have tweeted to him, or have started following him. It is a legitimate account belonging to the developers, since they linked to it in their announcement post. "
Oh, I know it's legit. Normally I'd be quite willing to follow Abe to the ends of the earth. 
 
But then: "Alloyeah, buy Gravity Crash Portable for PSP, it's cool!" 
 
Come on Abe... come on.
#29 Posted by jos1ah (325 posts) -

Gravity Crash is a great game so I'm interested in these as well.

#30 Posted by Timing (619 posts) -

This is the best news I've heard all year. Lorne and his fellow Inhabitants have created such an imaginative world that I personally can't wait to see where they take it from here.
 
Also, I really enjoyed Gravity Crash, and though that's a very different game from any Oddworld game thus far, at least we (I) know a new title is probably in good hands.

#31 Posted by Sjupp (1910 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
"ODDWORLD!!!!!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!! "
This, just add more exclamation marks.
#32 Posted by TadThuggish (906 posts) -

I'll believe it when I see it.

#33 Posted by Lumley (951 posts) -

Yeyy, I love me some Oddworld action!

#34 Posted by Tricks73r (252 posts) -

Oddysee and Exoddus, along with Stranger's Wrath were some of my favorite experiences with their respective platforms. I'm sold already.

#35 Edited by august (3836 posts) -

Nothing Oddworld promised or hinted at has been released in five years. Remember how the XBox games were supposed to be ported to pc early this year?
 
I'll believe these games exist when they hit shelves. Or at least when journalists start reporting on playing them.

#36 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

2.5d just means 3d geometry on a 2d plain, like the new Donkey Kong. Its the obvious thing to do with a sidescroller that used prerendered assets back in the day. Im cautious about this one, I'll be honest and say the only reason I played Oddworld to start with was for the cutscenes. It came out of that era.

#37 Posted by TethysOssian (31 posts) -

Hopefully some old favorites will return, like scrab cakes and paramite pies.  Oh, how I've missed your delicious goodness.

#38 Posted by lhaymehr (203 posts) -

No way to express how excited I am for this. I hope this gets released while I'm still 'young'.

#39 Edited by TheMoD (123 posts) -

Awesome, never got to play munchs oddysee, but I played all the other ones and I loved them. 
Finally a new one! also I'm really glad oddworld inhabitants is involved in the development

#40 Posted by CaptDiablo (7 posts) -

New Oddworld games? Sign me up! I really missed Abe, I have fond memories of Abe's Exoddus and Oddysee :) I do hope they turn back to that formula tho

#41 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

Man that's weird. I was just shifting through things the other day when I came across an Oddworld game, got me and my BF talking about there being another one and here it is!

#42 Posted by Benjamimmy (565 posts) -

YEEEEEEEEES! I would kinda like Abe to go back 2d but since so much has changed since munch was released, they would probably make a better 3D Abe game nowadays. Oh I love Abe! One of my favourites!

#43 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

It's about goddamn time Mr. Lanning! 
I don't care if it's Abe or Munch or Stranger or someone altogether new. Oddworld is an awesome place to dive into, and into it I shall dive.

#44 Posted by JackSukeru (5910 posts) -

YES!! 
 
YES!! 
 
YES!!

#45 Edited by ProfessorEss (7319 posts) -

Four new Doublefine games!
Now two new Oddworld games!!
I'm overwhelmed.
 
Shit, if Rare announced Viva PInata 3 this week I'd probably end up in the hospital.

#46 Posted by TwoLines (2799 posts) -

 What? Oddworld sequels (that never came out) were suppose to be about different parts of their
world, and the only exception they were going to make- was that Abe Exoduss game.
They had the sequels planned out, it seems to me the new company will just re-use Abe
and the part of the world with mudokons in it..
 
Ehh.. dunno about this..

#47 Posted by G0rd0nFr33m4n (762 posts) -

Nice

#48 Posted by Dryker (493 posts) -

Definitely keeping an eye out for these. Oddworld was the reason I went Xbox in the first place. Just so happened I picked up Halo after a bunch of over-night launch line hype as well. The rest is legend.
#49 Posted by jakob187 (21663 posts) -
@Turbo_Toaster said:
" I've missed Oddworld, though it's been ten years since I lost interest in the direction the franchise took. "
Dood, what?!  Stranger's Wrath was EXCELLENT, and definitely unique for being a shooter.  Plus, SUCH AN AWESOME ENDING!!! 
 
As for this announcement - F.U.C.K.Y.E.S.!!!  Thank you, Lorne Lanning.  Thank you, Oddworld Inhabitants.  Thank you, Just Add Water.  Thank you, world!!!

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