Oddworld: Squeek’s Oddysee

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Oddworld: Squeek’s Oddysee is the third title in the Oddworld Quintology. It will introduce the character of Squeek both to the audience and to Abe and Munch. Originally intended as a videogame to follow Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, production of it has never started.

Story

The terrorist actions of Abe have caused such a huge loss to Lady Margaret’s profits that her grandmother is automatically awoken from cryonic preservation to ensure the proper handling of what turns out to be her investments. Suffering from Gorman Disenza (research into whose cure—thought to be found in the blood of Gabbits—she has been funding) she’s been frozen to prolong her remaining lifespan. Now, with the clock ticking on her remaining 90 days, she finds her business empire beseiged by a slave rebellion and her research stalled by the escape of the last known Gabbit, and brings back into action an old régime of brutality.[1]

The story is dependent on the biological concept of mutualism (colloquially called ‘symbiosis’).[2]

History

The plot of Squeek’s Oddysee was the first story Lorne Lanning told Sherry McKenna to convince her to open a videogame studio with him. She originally didn’t believe that Abe or Munch could be as likeable as Squeek, but she now likes both of them more.[3] The original plan was to release the title as Oddworld Inhabitants’ third game in the Quintology, with players taking control of Abe, Munch and Squeek,[4] but after the story of Munch’s Oddysee had to be so radically changed due to technological challenges that Lanning reconsidered releasing Quintology stories as videogames first.[5]

Theories

Fans have had many years’ opportunity to speculate about the hero and gameplay of Squeek’s Oddysee given the long timespan between its name being revealed and even the slightest hint of its story being told. Recurring theories on the Oddworld Forums in the early 2000s included Squeek’s being a Slig, Khanzumer or other industrial creature, a Meech, a flying insectiod, or an adult or highly evolved form of a Slurg. This latter idea is partly inspired by a comment from Paul O’Connor,[6] but mostly due to the sound Slurgs make when stepped on. Squeek’s onomatopœic name suggests to many a character who is either small or large in size.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

References

  1. Lanning, Lorne (14 April 2008). ‘Part 5: Glukkon history’ (15 August 2008) from ‘Nate interviews Lorne Lanning’. OddBlog. Oddworld Library.
  2. Lanning, Lorne (10 May 2000). ‘You want INSIDE info? How’s this…’, interview by souljah_73, q. 15. Exoddus Club. Yahoo! Groups. Archived by the Oddworld Scriptures. Oddworld Archives. Oddworld Library.
  3. Lanning, Lorne (14 November 2000). ‘Oddworld Inhabitants Developer Chat’ online chat on GameSpy Arcade. Transcript on PlanetXbox. Archived by the Wayback Machine (28 April 2001).
  4. Lanning, Lorne (19 September 1997). ‘Interview With Oddworld Team’, interview by Rusel DeMaria. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee: The Official Strategy Guide, p. 138–9. Rocklin: Prima Publishing.
  5. Lanning, Lorne (3 March 2005). ‘Interview of Lorne Lanning, original version’ by Shann. Xbox-Mag.net.
  6. O’Connor, Paul (21 March 2000). ‘Re: [Oddworld Abe's Exoddus Questions]’, The Oddworld Group, Yahoo! Groups. ‘But rest assured we do have big plans for Slurgs -- there is much more to them than you've seen so far.
  7. Oddworld Forums members (17–19 April 2001). ‘Squeek’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  8. Oddworld Forums members (20–21 April 2001). Posts 9–13 in ‘YO’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  9. Oddworld Forums members (17–24 April 2001). ‘possession’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  10. Oddworld Forums members (7–8 July 2001). Posts 12–17 in ‘After Munches Oddysee....’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  11. Oddworld Forums members (8–11 July 2001). Posts 3, 4 & 10 in ‘Munch's Exoddus and following gamez’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  12. Oddworld Forums members (19–21 November 2001). ‘Who is Nod?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  13. Oddworld Forums members (28 November – 30 December 2001). ‘I wounder what Squeeks powers are going to be?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  14. Oddworld Forums members (13–28 January 2002). ‘great idea for squeek’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  15. Oddworld Forums members (27–28 January 2002). ‘Abe's and Munch's quest’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  16. Oddworld Forums members (22–31 January 2002). ‘Squeek...... A Khanzumer?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  17. Oddworld Forums members (27 January – 3 February 2002). ‘Here is my idea of what squeek can look like. Whats yours?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  18. Oddworld Forums members (4–12 February 2002). ‘Squeek's species will be - ?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  19. Oddworld Forums members (22 January – 14 February 2002). ‘could any of the characters we havent seen yet be an industrialist?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  20. Monkey-Man2000 & Jae (21–22 January 2002). Posts 2 & 5 in ‘The evelution of bad guys in the Oddworld quintology thus far! ’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  21. Oddworld Forums members (2–3 March 2002). ‘Squeek's story. What happens to him?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  22. Oddworld Forums members (21 February – 11 March 2002). ‘A pattern arises... what about Squeek?’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  23. Oddworld Forums members (21–23 March 2002). Posts 10–14 in ‘Vykkers and their expieriments!’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  24. Oddworld Forums members (25 March 2002). Posts 7 & 8 in ‘Cave Muds!’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  25. Paramite Pie (3 March 2002). Post 1 in ‘Do I look fat in this shir-- I mean.... About Meeches’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.
  26. Oddworld Forums members (14–26 March 2002). ‘Squeek...!! ’. Oddworld Discussion. Oddworld Forums.