Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water recently announced that they were planning to release four projects this year. Stranger’s Warth‘s remastering is confirmed to be one of those four projects. On the other hand, Abe’s Oddysee HD isn’t one of those projects as JAW is aiming for a 2012 release. Shortly thereafter Stewart shared two pictures of Abe Speak (1 & 2) and revealed it is going to be a free app for the iOS. No mention of an Android version yet or when it will be released.
As seen on Oddworld.com, a good news for the Oddboxx a compilation of Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath for PC.
On the week of March 7th 2011, this budget-priced compilation of award-winning classics will finally launch on IGN D2D, Stardock, Amazon, GamersGate and other services to be announced. To celebrate, there will also be a week-long 50% discounted price sale from the day of release, which will also occur on Steam. The Oddboxx will come complete with a host of extra features added since the game’s launch: Munch’s Oddysee:
Additional achievements: A Bittersweet Reunion, Not Mine, Archers at Dawn, A Peaceful Death, Riding High, Zen, Wheelie Selfish, We’re Freeeee, Demonic. Improved controls and complete control customizability. Fixed all major bugs and issues, including joypad and sound device errors. Added launcher with multiple resolution and anti-aliasing support. Added dynamic shadowing. Added widescreen modes.
Added Xbox 360 controller support. Fully customizable controls, including 3rd party control pad support. Added support for devices with more than 6 audio channels. Added launcher with multiple resolution and anti-aliasing support. Added widescreen modes.
Stranger’s Wrath will receive ADDITIONAL enhancements later this year, to be taken from the forthcoming upgraded PSN version. This includes upgraded models, lighting, UI features and a few surprises still to come.
Following the reopening of the fan art section, Alf reopens the Dear Alf and Fan of the Month sections. Alf answers a selection of fan questions in this brand new Dear Alf, just like in the old days. This month’s Fan of the Month is Terry Garret, a 23 year old mechanical engineering student. He has beaten Abe’s Exoddus multiple times using only the game’s sound effects, the occasional tip from his brother and a unique trial and error method he honed to perfection. Terry Garrett is completely blind.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is putting on a new exhibit: The Art of Video Games! For six months the prestigious institute will be showcasing 80 titles from 40 years of video game history, and from today until April 27, 2011, the public can help choose which games will have the honor of appearing. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is up for inclusion, facing Metal Gear Solid and Crash Bandicoot: Warped for selection as the representative of the Action Genre on the original Sony PlayStation. As Oddworld fans we know you want to vote for us, so go now to the voting website, look at the Transition Era (Era 4) and let them know how artistic Oddworld is! The Art of Video Games run from March 16, 2012 to September 30, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.Note that at the moment the ArtOfVideoGames.org can be very slow to load but voting is possible if you have enough patience. Thanks to Nate for the heads up.
Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water has been interviewed by Game-Pad‘s Dean Palfreman about working with Oddworld. This interview has some interesting tidbits such as the reveal that the GameSpeak system from Exoddus and quick saves will be in Abe’s Oddysee HD remake. Read it over here. Thanks to OddHunter for the heads up.
Oddworld has been featured twice in videogame press’ favorite lists recently: Stranger’s crossbow has reached the fifth position on Elitenoob’s Top 10 most unique weapons compiled by Josh Lobo. Abe has ended at the very top of Thirteen1′s Greatest VideoGame Escape Artists list, beating Left 4 Dead’s survivors, Rayman and ‘Splosion man. Not bad at all!
Here is a quick catch up of the latest Oddworld news. Abe’s voice, performed by Lorne Lanning, is number two on Xboxer360.com‘s Top Ten Computer Games Voices. A little Q&A has been held on Oddworld’s Facebook page along with a batch of new pictures from the upcoming remastering of Stranger’s Wrath on PS3. Finally, Lorne Lanning is once again in the judging committee for Ballistic Publishing‘s EXPOSÉ.
The Oddboxx has been launched on Steam! This pack contains Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath; the two later ones making their first ever appearance on PC. Even tough some testing has been done on the games, some gamers are experiencing technical difficulties. If you have a problem too be aware that the guys responsible for the ports are listening to you and are working on patches to fix those bugs. You can either post your problem over on Oddworld.com or on their Facebook page.