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Mar 032013
 
Just Add Water have been featured in a Eurogamer article focusing on the development of PSVita games.
In the article programmer Peter Memmott and CEO Stewart Gilray get deep into the technical side of developing for Sony’s handheld console, discussing some of the challenges and constraints involved in getting Stranger’s Wrath HD working on the platform.
Be warned, the article features some tech-talk that may be a bit bewildering if you’re not particularly interested in game development.
Mar 032013
 
Lorne Lanning and Stewart Gilray spoke to website All About the Games last month. The Q&A style interview features questions on past and present developments for the studio, as well as some questions (mostly fielded by Lanning) on the state of the games industry.
One interesting thing we noticed was the following comment:

AATG: Oddbox is a wonderful package of your games all wrapped up neatly on the Steam digital platform. Now Steam Bigscreen has launched, do you have any plans to patch in more controller options, as Xpadder seems the only solution for some of the games.

SG: Xpadder? Not sure what you need that for… do you mean the original Abe titles? We’re looking at something that might help in that area, but we’re not talking about it yet.

We’re not sure what this means, but it may be a little hint towards some future updates for the PC ports of Abe’s Oddysee and Exoddus. Fingers crossed, anyway.
Feb 212013
 
In case you hadn’t heard, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 at a live event yesterday.
While it may not be the most surprising thing you’ve ever heard, it looks as though Just Add Water will be developing a game for the brand new system – the studio’s logo was shown on a slide along with the logos of other developers working on titles for the console. This was quickly followed up with a post on the JAW site confirming the fact:

By now you’ll have eagerly lapped up all the information from the Sony PlayStation announcement. You’ll have seen our name in the list of confirmed developers. We’re delighted to finally be able to tell you that JAW are developing for the Sony PlayStation 4. We can’t talk about what we’re working on just yet. Just be assured it’ll be worth the wait.

It’s entirely possible that the mystery project has nothing to do with Oddworld — the studio has hinted that they have some non-Oddworld plans in the works in the past — but with the amount of Oddworld titles already announced, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeing Abe and friends on the next generation of consoles.
Feb 062013
 
Here’s an interesting story – according to a post on the forum NeoGAF, Abe may have been planned as an upcoming character for PlayStation 3 game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
The post’s source is a screenshot of a tweet from Stewart Gilray, which reads “we were to get Abe in DLC in April or May, but they cancelled us.”
The original tweet no longer appears in Gilray’s timeline, so we can’t verify if the screenshot was faked; however, the Just Add Water CEO has responded to a few inquiries about the post in a noncommittal manner, which suggests it is be genuine.

The screenshot of the (seemingly deleted) tweet.

Jan 252013
 
Oddworld Inhabitants has finally given us another peek at the upcoming Abe’s Oddysee: New ‘n’ Tasty. This time the focus is on something a little different, though – it seems the classic RuptureFarms product posters are getting the HD treatment.
Johnny Eveson’s poster design for New ‘n’ Tasty.

Jonny Eveson’s poster design for New ‘n’ Tasty.

The updated poster for “New ‘n’ Tasty” (above)—redesigned by Jonny Eveson (who you may remember as the creator of these gorgeous art deco-inspired Oddworld posters)—will hopefully fit in to a HD world a lot better than the original version – and from what we can gather, we can expect to see more reimaginings from Eveson in the near future:

And as the cherry on top, the original teaser is introduced with “we’ve been working on some cool ideas for you guys to enjoy outside of the games”, suggesting that we may be seeing printed posters gracing our walls as well.

Jan 172013
 
The team over at Just Add Water have asked Oddworld fans an interesting question: “what would you like to see next?”
Posted as a poll on official Oddworld Inhabitants blog, the question has a number of preset choices, including Abe’s Exoddus HD, The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klott, a Stranger’s Wrath sequel, Squeek’s Oddysee, and Munch’s Exoddus. Some of these titles will no doubt be recognized as previously shelved Oddworld projects, while others (like a Stranger follow-up) are new ideas, at least officially.
The team are quick to stress that the poll won’t be the only factor that decides their next project, but it’s still interesting to see a games developer asking exactly what people want to see.
As of this writing there are just over one and a half thousand votes, with Abe’s Exoddus HD leading with over 400 votes.
Dec 132012
 
Oddworld Inhabitants have announced that they will be releasing two Oddworld titles on two platforms next week.
The first is Stranger’s Wrath HD, which will be coming to the PlayStation Vita, its third platform to date. The handheld port will be on sale starting 18 December (in North America; Europe on 19 December) for $14.99/€11.99/£9.99 on the PlayStation Network, and will feature some touch controls specifically designed for the Vita.
The second title is Munch’s Oddysee HD, which after a long time in development will finally be seeing a release on PlayStation 3. This will be soon after Stranger, releasing on 19 December (in Europe; “late December” for North America) on the PlayStation Network for $9.99/€8.99/£7.99.
Nov 202012
 
After enjoying over two months of Steam exclusivity, the PC version of Stranger’s Wrath HD is coming to more digital stores.
The announcement came in a post on the Oddworld.com blog, where the Inhabitants team announced that the game was now available on Gamefly, with Amazon soon to follow. Strangely, the patch is expected to reach GOG.com users sometime in January, another two months after other outlets.
To celebrate both the new(ish) release and Thanksgiving, Stranger’s Wrath HD will also be on sale until November 26, for less than $5 on Gamefly or Steam.
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.