Aug 282011
 
Oddworld Inhabitants have released a series of images on their Facebook page showcasing the graphical improvements made to characters in the Munch’s Oddysee HD update, including Abe, Scrabs and Paramites. An interesting detail is that Abe now sports his original four fingers, rather than the three he has had since Abe’s Exoddus.

Higher resolution images of the new Abe, Scrab and Paramite models have also been posted on the blog of Tom Bramall, one of JAW’s 3D artists.

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
 
Stewart Gilray made a number of project announcements at Season 2, Episode 4 of GameCityNights last night, where he spoke about his history in the industry and his thoughts on formal videogame education and qualifications. Lorne Lanning spoke to attendees through the medium of Skype, summarizing the last few years of Oddworld and answering questions from the audience. OddBlog was present for the whole evening, which you can relive through its live tweeting. Gilray made four main announcements.
  1. Because of the time spent fixing bugs present in the Oddboxx’s original release, the release of Stranger’s Wrath HD has been pushed back until the summer. A small number of higher-resolution characters were showcased, but the delay has allowed Just Add Water to include additional features, such as support for PlayStation Move, 3DTV and automatic uploading of gameplay recordings to YouTube. A mysterious ‘Feature X’ was assured, although its reveal had to be censored last-minute. It is ten letters long, starting and ending with ‘s’. In addition, the game’s menus and HUD have been redesigned to more closely match Lorne’s original sketches for them.

  2. Munch’s Oddysee is also being given a HD treatment, with a number of higher-definition characters showcased at GameCityNights. Set to hit the PlayStation Network in October or November this year, this rerelease of MO will bring all four Oddworld titles to simultaneous availability on consoles, specifically the PlayStation 3. That being the case…

  3. The Oddboxx will be coming out on the PlayStation Network. Just like the PC equivalent, it will feature all four Oddworld games, including the HD remasters of Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee, at the same low price!

  4. Perhaps the most exciting announcement is the reveal of Oddworld: The Hand of Odd as a new title for release on platforms to be determined, although Eurogamer reports they are looking at iPad, Android tablets, Facebook, PC and Mac.

    Wielding a large bound copy of the game’s original design documentation (circa 1998), Gilray explained that the modern gaming landscape has encouraged them to imagine Hand of Odd less as a Command & Conquer-style Real-Time Strategy and more like Zynga’s brand of social games.

OddBlog will be publishing its own interview with Stewart Gilray in the coming days, to follow up on last night’s announcements and chase all the latest news from the re-emerging field of Oddworld videogame development.
Apr 142011
 
GameCity has today announced details of the next GameCityNights, the monthly after-dark exploration into videogames culture. Taking place in Nottingham on 28 April 2011, Season 2 Episode 4 will host Lorne Lanning and Stewart Gilray as they talk about bringing Oddworld back and developing Stranger’s Wrath HD. Just Add Water has confirmed on Twitter they will also be announcing a new Oddworld title. Widely regarded as the best-looking game to grace the Xbox, fans of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath can rejoice that the long overdue update is complete and will be unveiled at Episode 4 of GameCityNights by Stewart Gilray, Managing Director of Just Add Water, the team responsible for reinvigorating the latest Oddworld title. From 6pm, Gilray will deliver this month’s Frontend section, delving into the life of a studio head, from his early beginnings to the daily challenge of leading a team of talented developers, and reassuring a vociferous fan base their beloved franchise is in safe hands. The main event of the evening follows at 8pm as Gilray presents the moment fans have been waiting more than six years for: Stranger’s Wrath with updated and remastered HD visuals and audio. Charting the process of adding shiny bells and whistles to an already brilliant looking game, fans will see the progression from start to finish. In a distinctly Orwellian moment, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning will be the eye-in-the-sky as he casts a glance over his original creation as this month’s ‘From the Desk of’ guest, as well as discussing the series’ past, present and future. GameCity Director Iain Simons said, “Lorne headlined the first ever GameCity festival back in 2006, so it’s great to be welcoming him back. We look forward to hearing his views on the updated Stranger, learning about the weather in Berkeley and sharing in his anticipation of the forthcoming Union of Kate Middleton and Prince William, staunch royalist that he is.” As ever, GameCityNights will also feature the very best indie developers showcasing their work alongside the latest AAA titles, comedian Paul Butler’s Augmented Vision, A Winner Is You prize competition with generous contributions from Capcom and Square Enix, an impassioned My Game appearance and a well-stocked bar to round out the night. GameCityNights take place every month at Antenna in Nottingham, Beck Street, NG1 1EQ. Entry is strictly 18+ only, tickets £5 in advance and for students, £6 on the door for the general public. Due to limited capacity, pre-booking via GameCityNights’ website is advised. There is a Facebook Event. OddBlog will be present on the evening to cover information and happening as they develop. We will also be bringing you an exclusive interview with Stewart Gilray following the event.
Mar 162011
 
Following yesterday’s addition to Direct2Drive, GamersGate is now the latest online games store to stock the Oddboxx, as well as Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath, DRM-free. All Oddworld games on GamersGate, including Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus, are now being sold with a 50% discount for the next 12 days. Since yesterday, Direct2Drive has extended its 50% sale to Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath, although still only in the Unitied States region. The latest updates to Stranger’s Wrath have now gone live on Steam, although the latest updates to Munch’s Oddysee can currently only be installed manually. Stewart Gilray has stated that Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath will be DRM-free on Amazon Game Downloads, Stardock and newly-confirmed GOG.com.
Mar 152011
 
IGN’s online game store, Direct2Download, is now the second digital distributor of the Oddboxx. Earlier today, the rival of Steam’s uploaded Munch’s Oddysee, Stranger’s Wrath and the four-game compilation, the Oddboxx. Unlike Steam, Direct2Download features Raymond Swanland’s Oddboxx boxart. The games are similarly priced on both Steam and Direct2Download, although Steam is currently holding a weeklong 50%-off sale on all Oddworld games and packages. Direct2Download has 50% off the Oddboxx in the United States region only. Other digital distribution services are expected to upload the Oddboxx shortly, including Stardock, Amazon, GamersGate, and others to be announced.
Feb 282011
 
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.

  • Stranger’s Wrath:
  • 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.
    Jan 272011
     
    Oddworld Inhabitants recently released a batch of updates for both PC versions of Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee on Steam. The updates include the following bug fixes and new features:
    Stranger’s Wrath
    Fixes
    1. Fixed performance issues.
    2. Fixed save game permissions issues. Save games and config file are now saved in “Program Files” to “\Documents\Oddworld\Stranger’s Wrath”.
    3. Fixed controls “sticking” issues.
    4. Fixed tutorial text – Camera mode switch button text.
    5. Fixed turorial text – Camera reset button text.
    6. Fixed broken achievement “Mine your business”.
    7. Fixed incorrect texts being displayed in controls Layout screens.
    8. Fixed 5.1 and 7.1 audio.
    9. Fixed Mouse lag.
    10. Fixed issue with only 1 of 3 dialogue lines working in Jail house.
    11. Fixed first person view on nVidia boards.
    Changes
    1. Added screen resolution selection to launcher.
    2. Added v-sync option to launcher.
    3. Added joystick selection to launcher.
    4. Added customisable controls.
    5. Added support for third party “generic” joypads.
    6. Added widescreen suppport.
    7. Re-authored Keyboard “layout” screen in options.
    8. Removed automatic joypad detection.
    Munch’s Oddysee
    PC Update #1
    • Fix crash issues
    • Fix sound issues
    • Broken achievement fixes
    Another update for Munch will be released in a couple of weeks, with a load more fixes and additions. There are still some compatibility issues with Stranger’s Wrath and ATI graphics cards. If you are experiencing graphical issues with the games, contact Just Add Water [info AT jawltd.com] and send them your system specifications. You can discuss the updates on the forum.