Several further iterations of the news that Microsoft will not be publishing Stranger have appeared, each less accurate than the last. These include Games Domain, Gaming Horizon, Games Asylum, GamerFeed and XboxAddict. However, two new articles, one by gamesindustry.biz, one by Total Video Games, report that Microsoft has also ditched the title Psychonauts, and confirm that this, along with scrapping this season’s XSN 2004 series, is part of Microsoft’s scheme to rid itself of publishing so‐called ‘niche’ games after the poor ratings of games such as Grabbed By The Ghoulies and Voodoo Vince.
In more promising news, administrator of the Oddworld Forums and webmistress of the renowned Oddworld‐Web will be attending E3 this year to have a first‐hand glimpse of the biggest opportunity for Oddworld Inhabitants to flout their new game to the press and fans.
Sources: Abe Babe
More articles on OWI’s announcement that Microsoft will not be publishing the next Oddworld game are appearing: GameGossip, Euro Gamer (mirroring Gamesindustry.biz, but with a message board), Gamasutra, BDGamer and Ferrago (another highly inaccurate story on the title and serial front) all have articles on the story, though add nothing that hasn’t already been said (except possibly for Gamasutra, which is a site for members of the industry).
Three new articles on the news that OWI are searching for a new publisher. Slashdot’s simoniker has linked the story to the Xbox Xclusive deal and the disappointment of Munch’s Oddysee, as well as the top fan site Depths of Oddworld and the second of Penny‐Arcade’s Oddworld strips. Gamesindustry also refers to the allegedly‐lucrative deal with Microsoft, and also gives an explanation of the now‐popular term ‘money hat’, coined by Penny‐Arcade to describe the nature of the exclusivity deal.
Sources: Crescent Moon
IGN have posted a small article about Oddworld Inhabitants’ presence at this year’s Game Developers’ Conference. We’re told a pre‐rendered demo was running at their booth, and that trading cards of the game’s bosses were handed out.
Designers from Oddworld Inhabitants are amongst those attending Indie Game Jam III this weekend, an event ‘designed to encourage experimentation and innovation in the video game industry.’ Official site: indiegamejam.com
Sources: Miss Odd
IRC issues have been sorted out, and OddChat is now working again. For further details, consult Alcar’s thread. Game Over aired earlier this week, and you can read some viewer thoughts here. Oddguy has found an interview with series creator David Sacks at GamePro, and posted 6 screenshot, while Crabby has uploaded a 17·65MB DivX encoded video.
oddguy has been providing for the Forums once again, this time reporting on Lorne Lanning’s attendance at the D.I.C.E. Summit as mentioned at GameSpot and the appearance of a video game, Psi‐Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, which pays homage to Abe’s chanting posture, as reported by Games Domain; both can be discussed on the transcript of March’s Polygon Magazine article.