Wil

I became an Oddworld fan when I first played Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee in 1997 and joined the Oddworld Forums in 2000. I started Oddworld Library in 2003 but it wasn't officially launched until 2006. In 2010 I started doing work for Just Add Water, and joined the company the following year.

Dec 062012
 
More than a year after it was originally conducted, Oddworld Forums administrator Nathan’s second interview with Lorne Lanning has finally been published by OddBlog. After much delay, the answers to many fan questions are finally answered by the creator of Oddworld.

In this lengthy interview, Lorne explains the rationale behind his Xmobb project, the reason for the change in the Mudokon Pops logo, why Munch’s Oddysee was so cartoony compared to the earlier Abe titles, how his vision of Oddworld has changed over time, the history of the Mudokon people, and reveals the true nature of Khanzumerz, Gloktigi, Stranger’s bounty can, and the planet Oddworld itself.
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Jun 222012
 
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.”
Dec 152011
 
San Luis Obispo magazine NewTimes has published a long and detailed article covering the history of Oddworld Inhabitants, from its creation to its current state. Author Colin Rigley has drawn from existing interviews and spoken to previous of the company’s employees to construct a fascinating tale of Oddworld’s commercial history from the perspective of local interest.
Oct 202011
 
Just Add Water will be present at GameCity6 in Nottingham, UK, next week to demonstrate and talk about the work they’ve put in to Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD. Members of the public will also be able to play the remastered game for the very first time. At 10pm BST on Thursday 27 October, Stewart Gilray will talk to and answer questions from an audience at Antenna, Beck Street. The following day, from 10am to 5pm, members of the public will be able to play Stranger’s Wrath HD on Old Market Square. Participation in both events is free. GameCity has a long history of cooperation with Oddworld. Lorne Lanning delivered the keynote speech at the inaugural GameCity in 2006, which included his announcing Citizen Siege, and designed the label for GameCity 3’s limited edition brew, Fine Ale Fantasy. Stewart more recently spoke to the audience at GameCityNights Season 2 Episode 4, while Lorne was interviewed by Iain Simons via Skype from Oddworld HQ in Berkeley, CA.
Sep 152011
 
The PlayStation Blog has released the debut trailer of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD for the PS3, with the video hosted by the official Oddworld Inhabitants YouTube channel.
The trailer reuses Michael Bross’s ‘Attract’ music from the game’s original trailer and attract mode video, and emulates several original elements in high definition, but is a minute longer in length. The video has been posted on the walls of the Oddworld Inhabitants, Just Add Water and PlayStation Facebook Pages, and has been shared almost a hundred times in an hour and a half. Stranger’s Wrath HD as well as Munch’s Oddysee HD will be available on PlayStation 3 later this year via PlayStation Network to complete the Oddboxx on PSN, and will later be released on PC and PlayStation Vita. Oddworld Inhabitants are still talking with Microsoft but have not confirmed an Xbox 360 release.
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Jul 162011
 
Oddworld Library (OddBlog’s parent website) is seeking to fill a web development position with an individual competent in the engineering, implementation and maintenance of integrated web technologies that will power an upcoming relaunch of the Library. Applicants must be fluent in PHP, MySQL and JavaScript, and must be capable of self-managing a large project designed in coordination with the Library Owners. They should be driven to deliver a platform that allows the Library to establish a team of content editors that will serve the Oddworld fan community. A successful applicant will be tasked with implementing integrated technologies that will include multilingual page support, user account management, a search engine, a wiki editor with version control and lightweight markup, and multimedia galleries. Experience with these is not essential, but is strongly preferred. To apply, please contact Wil Bunce-Edwards describing your prior experience and explaining your interest in assuming the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Wil Bunce-Edwards and Xavier De Coster Oddworld Library Owners
Discuss on the Oddworld Forums
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Jun 072011
 
Just Add Water has announced that three Oddworld titles will be released on the PlayStation Vita, the successor to the PlayStation Portable formerly known as the Next Generation Portable (or NGP). Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath will be released on the PSVita this holiday season. The developer tweeted and posted on Facebook immediately after Sony’s press conference at E3, which demonstrated the PSVita and its ability to synchronize save games between it and the PS3, allowing players to continue their progress on either device. This feature will be enabled for both Oddworld titles.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath coming to PS Vita this holiday season, with cross platform cloud saves #E3
The developer also confirmed that Abe HD will appear on Vita in the future. What’s more, since Vita is backward compatible with downloadable PSP games, it will also play Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus. Discuss this story on the Oddworld Forums. Update: Speaking to Eurogamer, Stewart Gilray added that these ports will make use of Vita’s touchscreen.
“In a way that allows the player to play the same game as a full console title or as a handheld title. It’s also allowed us to improve on the design in terms of being able to affect things directly.” Elaborating on this, he added as an example: “Abe can pickup a fellow Mudokon by simply tapping the screen, and other gesture-based input”.
May 172011
 
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee has been added to the ‘games on demand’ service OnLive, allowing its customers to play the game remotely without having to purchase or install it. As part of the PlayPack Bundle, users can pay a monthly subscription of $9.99 to have unlimited playtime access to more than 50 titles, now including Oddworld Inhabitants’ first 3D game. It remains to be seen if Stranger’s Wrath or other Oddworld games will be added to the service.
May 052011
 
A recent update to Oddworld.com’s list of online stockists has revealed that Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath are now available to purchase on both the Stardock and Amazon digital distribution services. Amazon Game Downloads (which is available only to those in the US) currently does not list The Oddboxx bundle, and still has the old prices (twice as much as the current prices on other services).
Apr 292011
 
Speaking to Eurogamer, Stewart Gilray has mentioned that Abe HD is due to start production in August—once it’s decided what Abe HD will actually be. Despite Lorne Lanning’s original claim that Abe’s Oddysee would be remade in 2.5D—which Gilray confirmed at GameCityNights was not meant to be revealed until E3—Abe HD might actually be a remake of Abe’s Exoddus, a new adventure entirely, or a blend of the above. Gilray told Eurogamer, ‘If we do a brand new game it’s going to be two years away. If we do a remake it’s going to be a year away.’