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.
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.
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.
NOTE: This story was originally written on August 29th. Due to our extensive downtime, some of the story details have changed – several subsequent updates have increased the roster of PSOne games available in North America.
You may have heard about PSOne Classics, the recent addition to Sony’s PSVita which allows players to download and play games made for the original PlayStation console. Well, Oddworld Inhabitants have announced in a post on their website that Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus are a part of the opening lineup, alongside over 100 other PSOne games.
PSOne Classics allows players to buy and download PSOne games and play them on their PSVita. If a player has previously bought a PSOne game through their PlayStation 3 they can simply redownload it or transfer it from the PS3, without having to repurchase the game.
Unfortunately, the regional differences between Europe and America were quite staggering – Vita owners in America initially only had access to nine PSOne games, while European customers got the full lineup of 130. Both Oddworld games were at first only available in Europe, and were not included in the nine available to America.
Luckily an expansion of the catalogue was promised, with Alf happily confirming via Twitter that Oddysee and Exoddus would be coming soon to American Vita owners. Both Oddworld games were made available in North America in an update only a single day later.
Oddworld Inhabitants has announced that Abe HD will be showcased at the upcoming Eurogamer Expo event in September. The expo takes place from 27-30 September at Earl’s Court, London (that’s the British London for anyone confused), and will feature many upcoming games (such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3, among others). Development team Just Add Water and series creator Lorne Lanning will be on stage at 2:30pm on Sunday 30 September to talk about the history of the Oddworld series and give a demonstration of Abe HD, as well as to announce exclusive details about the game. Tickets are currently available via the Eurogamer Expo site.
Earlier today game developer Just Add Water posted the first screenshot of the upcoming game Abe HD to their Twitter account. The screenshot, which you can see below, appears to feature an area which appeared very early in the original Abe’s Oddysee – the second “screen” that players visited in RuptureFarms, in fact. Just like in the original area there is a Directory (which were used as maps in the original game) and a ledge. Abe himself also appears in the screenshot. It appears that in this game Abe will be realistically rendered and colored, rather than having his skin tone simplified outside cutscenes (as happened in Oddysee and Exoddus).
The first screenshot of Abe HD (click for full size).
In a rather unexpected turn of events, Oddworld Inhabitants have released an official soundtrack for Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (the original, not the as-yet untitled remake). The soundtrack, originally composed by Ellen Meijers, has been made available to purchase as a digital download through iTunes and Amazon UK, and is available for streaming on Spotify. It is only the second music soundtrack to be released by the Oddworld team, following Michael Bross’ soundtrack for Stranger’s Wrath released in 2005. (thanks to JennyGenesis from the Oddworld Forums for the tip)
In a post on the official Oddworld.com blog, Oddworld Inhabitants have reached out to fans for suggestions on naming the game currently referred to as “Abe HD”. The post states that the team do not simply wish to title the game “Abe’s Oddysee HD” as this would make it “sound like [they have] injected bigger pictures into the original engine”, as opposed to a full “grounds-up” 3D remake. A rather nice prize is being offered for the winning suggestion – besides having their suggestion used as the game’s title, the winner will have their name in the game’s credits and will be awarded a poster of the game’s cover art, signed by artist Raymond Swanland. Suggestions are to be entered via the form attached to the blogpost, and must be submitted before August 10.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is one of eleven PSOne games released for the “PlayStation Store for Android PlayStation Certified devices” (ain’t that a mouthful?).
The games, including Oddysee, cost £3.99 each, and are available through the PlayStation Store app. The store is only available in Japan and parts of Europe at the moment, and is only available on supported Sony Xperia devices ( in Japan: Xperia arc, Xperia acro, Xperia PLAY, Xperia NX, Xperia acro HD; in Europe: Xperia S).