Forumer paramiteabe is reporting that some video game stores have starting accept reservations for the as‐yet untitled Stranger, the release date of which is still not yet known. A stand‐in box is described, though its validity remains to be seen. The clerk reports that news of the release date will emerge in June.
Alcar has updated Oddworld Universe with pages covering the upcoming game, and three dutifully transcribed recent press articles. Meanwhile, Miss Odd is looking to employ a news reporter for Oddworld Online; details can be found on the Forums.
Alcar has found a couple of things of interest: the personal site of lead programmer Charles Bloom reveals that the working title for Oddworld 4 is, in fact, Oddworld Gets Stranger, while programmer Thatcher Ulrich has provided images of the Indie Game Jam, attended by Messrs Bloom and Ulrich, along with Ryan Ellis and Jonathan Blow.
And, as some of you have obviously noticed, OddBlog now has a features comment, hosted by HaloScan. I have also coded in an announcement bar above the banner to appear when there is important information, such as now that the Forums are down.
Having visited this year’s Game Developers’ Conference, Sapphire has been able to provide photos of cards featuring eight outlaws that appear in the upcoming game, which I am hosting along with transcripts of the text.
Oddworld.com has been properly updated for the month, with a new message on the home page, a new Fan Quote of the Month, updated Dear Alf questions, a new Fan Of the Month, a profile of animator John Hood, an updated Press page (now including a PDF file of March’s Polygon feature), a new Fan Photo of the Month, an expanded skin art gallery (check out Rich Figlia!), and an up‐to‐date listing of available job positions!
Also, a happy birthday to Oddworld’s most proclaimed fan, Alfred Gamble, the inspiration behind our very own Alf.
Alcar has uncovered an image of the Oddworld Inhabitants booth at GDC, and found two updated pages at Oddworld.com—the Press Page, which mentions Lorne’s talk on the games industry moving toward an Artisan model of gaming at this year’s E3 and the inclusion of four images from Stranger in Spectrum 11, to be released in October; and the Awards Page, which again references Spectrum 11.
And for our Brazilian readers, here’s an article on OWI’s search for a new publisher.