Nov 062013
 
As Oddworld Inhabitants announced on their website yesterday, the Oddboxx is now available on Playstation Network for countries in European territories. The Oddboxx (the collection of rereleased Oddworld games including Stranger’s Wrath HD and Munch’s Oddysee HD) is priced at £15.99 GBP or €19.99 EUR.
However, the developer notes that US Playstation owners will not be able to buy the bundle, at least for the time being. According to the blogpost, Oddworld Inhabitants cannot release the games as a set because they are not listed as a publisher for two of the games in the US. As to whether they will be able to work around the problem? “We’ll have to see” is all they can say for now.
UPDATE: A new post just went up on the Oddworld site which clarifies a few details about the Oddboxx, which we thought we’d outline here for your convenience:
  • The versions of Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus included are playable on PS3 and PSVita.
  • Munch’s Oddysee HD included (PS3, no Vita version currently) has not yet been updated with multi-language support, so non-English-speaking customers will not be able to play it in their chosen language on release. A patch is currently in QA.
  • Stranger’s Wrath HD has been updated with Playstation Move and stereoscopic 3D support, as well as taking up less hard drive space.
  • A bonus PSN avatar is also included as part of the bundle.
The developer has also re-clarified its stance on a US version, sounding a little more optimistic:
Sadly, a little red tape is currently holding us back just now from pushing the pack out to the United States, but we’re hoping to overcome that as soon as we’re able.
Jun 272012
 
Stranger’s Wrath has been made available to play on OnLive, a cloud-based gaming platform which allows users to stream games rather than running them from their own devices. The game is part of the PlayPack bundle, a paid subscription service which allows unlimited access to OnLive’s game library for $9.99 (or £6.99) a month. The rest of the Oddworld series was already present on the service, so with the addition of Stranger the entire OddBoxx is now available through OnLive.
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 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.
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.
    Jan 212011
     
    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.