Oddworld Inhabitants have just announced that the Oddboxx, the PC compilation of all 4 main oddworld games (two of which have never been released on PC previously) is coming out this holiday season via Steam. The Oddbox was announced last year, and very little has been heard about it since. Today, a new announcement has confirmed that the Oddboxx will be available this holiday season. The announcement said:
Oddworld Inhabitants is pleased to announce that its critically-acclaimed, award-winning classics, Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath will be available for PC owners, through Steam in one generous downloadable package, this 2010 Holiday season.
Spanning thirteen years of one-of-a-kind gaming experiences, this package aims to give fans old and new an affordable and convenient way to enjoy these games once again, with a few new additions and enhancements, to be announced in the run-up to its release date.
The games featured in the Oddboxx are as follows:
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, 1997 – The first Oddworld Inhabitants release that introduced loveable Mudokon factory-slave Abe to the world. Abe, an exploited factory worker, discovers a dark secret about his missing co-workers and learns that he must overturn his greedy corporate captors, to save his enslaved brothers and himself. This platform puzzle game classic introduced the much-lauded gamespeak innovation and unparalleled CG quality visuals that helped it achieve an 85% metacritic rating.
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, 1998 – The bonus sequel to Abe’s Oddysee that was not part of the Quintology, but gave Oddworld Inhabitants an opportunity to improve on the gameplay of Oddysee, while also adding depth to Abe’s tale within Oddworld. The critics agreed that OI had succeeded in its aims, evident by its 88% metacritic rating.
And released to PC platforms for the FIRST TIME…
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, 2001 – The second game in the Oddworld Quintology was also the first Oddworld game in full 3D. Munch is one of last ‘Gabbits’; a race endangered by the activities of the nefarious Vykkers Laboratory. With the help of Abe, hero of the previous Exoddus and Oddysee games, Munch leads the quest save to his kind from extinction, in this mix of adventure, strategy, puzzle and platform gameplay. The game achieved a Metacritic average of 80%.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, 2005 – The fourth game from Oddworld Inhabitants, is also considered by many as one of the best Xbox games of all time. Stranger’s Wrath, tells the tale of a bounty hunter, who while catching criminals for moolah, is attempting to conceal a secret that if revealed, could endanger his life. The first full-on action title in the series, mixing 3 and 1 person combat / shooter gameplay, the game was set in the Wild West of Oddworld, far from the industrial lands that housed Abe and Munch’s tales. The game adapted Oddworld’s unique Gamespeak feature, using it more as a soft hint system to give the game wide player accessibility without ‘dumbing the game down’. The game also debuted a ‘live ammo’ concept where the ammunition was made of living creatures, and had to be caught for the player to use. The game was globally very well-received, achieving a Metacritic of 88%.
More details and partners will be announced in the running up to the Oddboxx’s release. Stay tuned…
As someone who was a HUGE fan of the first two oddworld games, but never owned an original Xbox and thus never got to play the latter two - I'm extremely excited for this. I've wanted to play Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath for years, and have been unable to do so. Finally I'll be able to play the games!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!