Mar 182014
 
In an interview published today on Eurogamer, Lorne Lanning has announced that New ‘n’ Tasty will be sold for $30 (approximately £18 or €21). At the same time, Lanning also estimated that the game would need to sell around 250,000 copies for them to be able to fund their next project, a full remake of Abe’s Exoddus in the same style as New ‘n’ Tasty. But interestingly, he also said that selling 500,000 copies could enable them to produce a brand new Oddworld title as well – and it seems that game could be the previously-scrapped Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot.
Lanning was quite clear about his desire to make The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot, a project he’s resurrected to tinker with some more. “Over the last year and a half, I’ve designed Fangus extensively. And I would like to be able to move into Fangus as soon as a new IP in Oddworld,” Lanning explained. That being said, he noted that the studio has other ideas as well, so Fangus Klot is not guaranteed to be the next original Oddworld title if and when the studio gets enough capital for it.

The Oddworld team also seems interested in releasing expansion packs for New ‘n’ Tasty and the potential Exoddus remake, although no details were given on what such packs might contain.
The interviewer notes that Lanning is confident in his sales goals, thanks to the Oddworld games’ strong digital sales in recent years – notably, Stranger’s Wrath HD selling 600,000 copies (more than its original Xbox release) and the original Oddysee and Exoddus games together selling more than a million copies.
Jul 262013
 
Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat managed to grab a hold of Lorne Lanning at Siggraph 2013 for an interview:
Why Lorne Lanning went from triple-A games to indie — and loudly loves it

Topics covered include Lorne’s recent comments on Xbox One, future plans for Oddworld, larger involvement with the fan community, crowdfunding and much more.
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.

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.
Aug 302012
 
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.

Aug 092012
 
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.
Aug 092012
 
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).
 
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The first screenshot of Abe HD (click for full size).

Aug 092012
 
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)

UPDATE: The soundtrack has also been made available via Bandcamp, along with the Stranger’s Wrath soundtrack.
Aug 062012
 
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.