Oct 302012
 
On October 26th, Oddworld Inhabitants’ ran its first livestream – for roughly an hour and a half (the first of two videos starts at around the 35-minute mark), Stewart Gilray entertained viewers through Twitch.tv by playing through the first few levels of Munch’s Oddysee HD.

The playthrough confirmed a number of interesting changes and additions to the rerelease. The game’s controls have been altered to more closely match those of the original PlayStation games, with Gamespeak commands now taking two buttons and the “action” button no longer sharing space with the “jump” button. To help players get to grips with the Gamespeak changes, a new UI has been added to the game which displays a list of available commands when holding down the Gamespeak buttons. And fans will no doubt be pleased to hear that several sound effects—Munch’s “bounce” in particular—have been swapped out for more realistic or muted sounds.

Gilray briefly discussed some of the details of Munch HD’s release. The game will be released on PlayStation Network first at $10 in North America, €8.99 in Europe and £7.99 in the UK. The Vita version will have to be purchased separately, and the PC port of the update is estimated to be released around three months after the PlayStation 3 release.
Oct 262012
 
Stewart Gilray, Just Add Water CEO and Oddworld Inhabitants’ Development Director, has been interviewed by website Einfo Games.
The video interview has Gilray speaking about his career, how he got involved with the Oddworld franchise and how he and his team have handled the series so far.
He also speaks about the upcoming Stranger’s Wrath port for PlayStation Vita. The most notable new details revealed are some of the changes made to the controls and that online leaderboards will make an appearance for players to compare bounty times and overall completion times (among other things). The Vita version is currently expected to soon move into its final round of internal testing before being sent to Sony QA, which is expected to take around six weeks.
Munch’s Oddysee HD is also mentioned, with Gilray estimating that the PlayStation 3 version will be sent to Sony QA in around six or seven days.
A quick mention of Hand of Odd confirms that the game is still in the works, but that JAW have put the project to one side for now. Gilray says that he “made a mistake” by announcing the project back in GameCityNights due to the early state the project was (and still is) in.
Finally, of course Abe’s Oddysee: New ’n’ Tasty is discussed, and Gilray says that after Stranger HD and Munch HD are done, the team’s main focus will shift entirely to New ‘n’ Tasty.
Oct 262012
 
A new patch for Stranger’s Wrath HD has made its way to Steam.
The patch, announced on Just Add Water’s Twitter earlier today, fixes a handful of issues still present after the HD patch, including a bug which made Stranger’s “sprint” unreliable and made Intel graphics incompatible with the game. There are also a number of optimizations, including better particles and a less resource-intensive anti-aliasing option.
We are unable to confirm if the patch has made its way to platforms other than Steam – so far Steam has been the only PC platform to receive the HD update, with JAW stating that the update would come early next week.
Oct 232012
 
Hey, remember the Abe Speak iPhone app that was announced? Oddworld Inhabitants definitely do, as close to two years after the initial announcement the developer has posted a new photograph of it running.
The latest build is described in a Twitter post as only having “small bugs left”, and although the studio says that there is currently no specific timetable, it’s quite possible the app will be releasing in the near future – especially after the attention the Oddworld Portal app garnered.
This is also the first confirmation that the app would run on an iPad – the original announcement only ever specified iOS, with preview photos showing off the iPhone version.
Oct 182012
 
Oddworld Inhabitants have released an iOS app for Oddworld fans. The app functions as a mobile-friendly version of the Oddworld.com website, including areas such as the blog, downloads page, Alf’s Rehab and Tea, games information, developer diaries and the official Oddworld Twitter feed.
You can grab it now for free via the iTunes store.
It’s only available for iPhone at the moment, but official word is that an Android version is in the works and that an iPad version may also surface.
Oct 182012
 

Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water finally revealed their new game to the world on September 30, during their live panel at Eurogamer Expo.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee: New ‘n’ Tasty (named by fans via a competition held by OWI) was officially announced after the team showed off a short video demonstrating pre-alpha gameplay footage. Stewart Gilray delivered the announcement of the game, revealing its official title and detailing some of the changes made (and what will be left alone).
New ‘n’ Tasty has been given a tentative release date of Autumn 2013 and initial release platforms of PlayStation 3, PSVita, PC and Xbox Live Arcade, with other platforms being considered as possibilities.
The full panel lasted around 37 minutes, with Lorne Lanning taking center-stage to discuss why he started Oddworld, what Oddworld means and what the Oddworld team plans to do in the future – including approaching the games industry from the perspective of a small independent studio and micropublisher. After the announcement of New ‘n’ Tasty, a short Q&A session was held before the end of the panel.
After the panel came MudoCon, Oddworld’s very own fan meetup. Fans who attended Eurogamer Expo had the opportunity to meet Lorne Lanning, Stewart Gilray and other members of the JAW team (including Oddworld Library’s own Wil, pictured here with his #1 fan). Attendees were also given limited edition minicards, signed by Lorne with links to exclusive downloads. You can read the full overview over on the Oddworld.com blog.
Oct 182012
 
On September 14 (last month as of this writing) Oddworld Inhabitants announced that after a month of closed beta testing, Stranger’s Wrath HD was ready to go on Steam.
As previously promised, the game wasn’t just added brand new to the Steam store but instead added as a patch to the currently available version of the game, making the HD-ification free for those who bought the original Stranger’s Wrath on Steam.
A small hotfix was quickly applied to catch some bugs, but overall the update appears to have been well-received, especially considering the original port’s rocky reception.
Although the game has now been available on Steam for over a month, there is currently no word on when the HD update will be released to other digital PC game distributors. (UPDATE: JAW have confirmed via Twitter that the update will be published “next week”)
An unfortunate hiccup with the released was that, due to Just Add Water having difficulties getting older software running, beta testers of the patch would not have their names in the PC credits at first as promised (although the names are still set to be added in the near future).
Another patch is also being developed to fix further longstanding issues, according to Stewart Gilray, CEO of JAW and Oddworld Inhabitants Development Director.