As per the announcement last week, today is the day that the PlayStation 3 version of Stranger’s Wrath HD receives a patch, adding in several new features and fixing some known issues. According to the official Oddworld website, that patch is now available for download in all regions, including America, Europe and Australia. This means that the brand new Move support, 3D support and YouTube video uploading is now available for everyone to use and abuse.
Stranger’s Wrath has been made available to play on OnLive, a cloud-based gaming platform which allows users to stream games rather than running them from their own devices. The game is part of the PlayPack bundle, a paid subscription service which allows unlimited access to OnLive’s game library for $9.99 (or £6.99) a month. The rest of the Oddworld series was already present on the service, so with the addition of Stranger the entire OddBoxx is now available through OnLive.
The possibility of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD being released on Xbox 360 has been in the gaming news over the last couple of days following a comment by Alf on the official Oddworld Inhabitants website. Eurogamer quickly noticed Alf’s comment with a story declaring that Stranger on 360 had been completely ruled out. Alf’s message, a response to a commenter asking when Stranger HD would be published on Xbox 360, originally read:
The boat has really passed on that one. We’re winding up development on Stranger’s Wrath HD and Munch’s Oddysee HD. Blame Microsoft for not letting us publish on Xbox 360.However, it has subsequently been altered to read:
The boat has really passed on Microsoft publishing it. We’re talking to third party publishers about publishing Stranger’s Wrath HD on Xbox 360.Eurogamer’s article sparked a number of gaming news sites to carry the story, including Shacknews and G4. However, speaking to both Eurogamer and VG247, Stewart Gilray clarified that Just Add Water is still talking to two US publishers who could potentially publish Stranger HD on Xbox 360. While far from confirmation of a 360 port, both follow-up articles mention that an Xbox release now would require additional content exclusive to Microsoft’s platform, content Gilray says is “already mapped out.”
Over on the official website, Oddworld Inhabitants have announced that a patch for the PlayStation 3 version of Stranger’s Wrath will be available to download next week. The patch will be released June 27th and fixes several bugs and includes support for stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation Move and video capture. The full list of changes is as follows:
3DTV support Scour the wilds, ruins and hideouts for scumbag Outlaws with the latest stereoscopic broadcasts from the Mongo River. Oddworld has never had so much D! PlayStation Move support Immerse yourself in the action by pointing and firing from your very own crossbow. (Note: Your PlayStation Move controller is unlikely to resemble a crossbow.) Video recording and uploading Record your victories, failures and candid moments straight to your PlayStation 3, and upload them directly to your YouTube account. Brightness & Gamma controls No need to visit Doc for a new pair of eye-spectacles, now you can change the visibility of the very world around you with our brand new sliders. Audio fixes Tired of lazy Townsfolk cutting themselves off mid-sentence? Fed up with soft-spoken Live Ammo? Is the soundtrack to your adventure jolted, often absent? Never fear! Our audio fixes fix your audio! Increased crosshair visibility 9 out of 10 bounty hunters say they prefer our newer, opaquer crosshair. “It’s so much easier to see!” said excited Corn Jaws of New Yolk City. Fixed Quicksaves and Autosaves Before, you could only load full saves from the Load Game screen. But now you can revert back to your most recent AutoSave and QuickSave for added convenience. Extra subtitles The accessibility of Western Mudos has taken a step up with the introduction of additional gameplay-relevant subtitling in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Performance Improvements Ask at your local General Store or Black Market for all available improvements to your experience of life.An official trailer for the patch has also been posted on OWI’s YouTube channel, clocking in at 1:45 and available in glorious HD.
Just Add Water have posted a large collection of screenshots on their Flickr page, covering Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee for the PSVita and the PS3 version of Munch’s Oddysee. The PS3 screenshots are available at a resolution of 1280 x 720, while the Vita game screens are available at 960 x 544 (the Vita’s native resolution). Altogether, 123 screenshots have been posted.