Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water recently announced that they were planning to release four projects this year. Stranger’s Warth‘s remastering is confirmed to be one of those four projects. On the other hand, Abe’s Oddysee HD isn’t one of those projects as JAW is aiming for a 2012 release. Shortly thereafter Stewart shared two pictures of Abe Speak (1 & 2) and revealed it is going to be a free app for the iOS. No mention of an Android version yet or when it will be released.
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.
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.
Following the reopening of the fan art section, Alf reopens the Dear Alf and Fan of the Month sections. Alf answers a selection of fan questions in this brand new Dear Alf, just like in the old days. This month’s Fan of the Month is Terry Garret, a 23 year old mechanical engineering student. He has beaten Abe’s Exoddus multiple times using only the game’s sound effects, the occasional tip from his brother and a unique trial and error method he honed to perfection. Terry Garrett is completely blind.
‘Alf’s Rehab and Tea’, a closed section over at Oddworld.com which has had a long history of placing Oddworld fans into the spotlight, has begun making way for its return by posting its first batch of Oddworld Fan art. Go check it out! You can send in your own Oddworld-related art to: alf [at] oddworld.com
Lorne Lanning along with other renowned game developers such as Jason Rubin and Peter Molyneux, makes an appearence in the fourth episode of “Game Theory with Scott Steinberg” which deals with the increased risks developers and publishers face when making video games in today’s rapidly changing market, as well as how it has affected the creation and maintaining of new intellectual properties. Link
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is putting on a new exhibit: The Art of Video Games! For six months the prestigious institute will be showcasing 80 titles from 40 years of video game history, and from today until April 27, 2011, the public can help choose which games will have the honor of appearing. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is up for inclusion, facing Metal Gear Solid and Crash Bandicoot: Warped for selection as the representative of the Action Genre on the original Sony PlayStation. As Oddworld fans we know you want to vote for us, so go now to the voting website, look at the Transition Era (Era 4) and let them know how artistic Oddworld is! The Art of Video Games run from March 16, 2012 to September 30, 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.Note that at the moment the ArtOfVideoGames.org can be very slow to load but voting is possible if you have enough patience. Thanks to Nate for the heads up.
Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water has been interviewed by Game-Pad‘s Dean Palfreman about working with Oddworld. This interview has some interesting tidbits such as the reveal that the GameSpeak system from Exoddus and quick saves will be in Abe’s Oddysee HD remake. Read it over here. Thanks to OddHunter for the heads up.
Oddworld has been featured twice in videogame press’ favorite lists recently: Stranger’s crossbow has reached the fifth position on Elitenoob’s Top 10 most unique weapons compiled by Josh Lobo. Abe has ended at the very top of Thirteen1’s Greatest VideoGame Escape Artists list, beating Left 4 Dead’s survivors, Rayman and ‘Splosion man. Not bad at all!
Video game developer Just Add Water will be presenting their PS3 remake of Stranger’s Wrath at the UK based GameCityNights event, taking place on April 28th. Rounding out the evening, Lorne Lanning, co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants, will cast an eye over his original creation via the wonders of the web. GameCityNights takes place at Antenna, Beck Street, Nottingham, on the last Friday of every month at 6pm. Admittance is £5 in advance, £6 on the door, over 18s with ID. To book your attendance go to www.gamecity.org Source: PlatformOnline