The official US PlayStation Blog has published a list of the best-selling PlayStation Network titles from January 2012. Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD, which was released December 27th on the US PlayStation Network, was listed as number eight in the â€œop 20 PSN and PS3 Full Gamesâ€ category, beating the likes of Crysis, Shadow of the Colossus and Call of Duty 4.
In an interview with the website Near Vita, Stewart Gilray has revealed the first details of Strangerâ€™s Wrath on the PlayStation Vita. The handheld version of the game will make use of the Vitaâ€™s back touch panel, may feature exclusive achievements and will possibly run at 30 frames per second (lower than the 60fps console version). Munchâ€™s Oddysee for Vita was also mentioned briefly, with Gilray saying that touch controls were being implemented in a similar way to Stranger.
Images of a Scuba Toad in a town in Strangerâ€™s Wrath have been added to the Oddworld Inhabitants Facebook page, possibly hinting that new content may be added to Stranger HD in the future. The three images were added over Thursday and Friday. In the first image, the creature is not recognizable, but the second and third images provided a more close-up look, allowing people to identify the creature. Scuba Toads were originally intended to appear in Strangerâ€™s Wrath as oarsmen for Strangerâ€™s boat (and can be seen in this promotional image released during development), but were cut late in development because â€œtheir arms were too shortâ€.
Eurogamer.net and Digital Foundry has posted an excellentÂ interview with Stewart Gilray as well as taken an in-depth look into the changes JAW decided to make when remaking Stranger’s Wrath for the PS3. Video and screenshot comparisons bewteen the original Xbox version and the new HD remake are made while Gilray explains the challenges JAW had to overcome in order to get the game running smoothly in 720p and 60fps. It’s a bit heavy on tech, but a great read nonetheless. Other interesting tidbits include the MIAÂ Xbox360 version and JAW’s optimism towards finishing the rest of the Quintology.
In a post on the Oddworld.com website, Oddworld Inhabitants have announced that Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD will be 30% cheaper for PlayStation Plus subscribers, beginning January 17th in the United States and January 18th for Europe and Australia. The deal will last for 2 weeks.
And good news for PlayStation Plus subscribers! Oddworld: Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD will be 30% cheaper than usual for a limited time! Starting on January 17 in North America and January 18 in Europe and Australia, this special offer runs for two weeks, so if for whatever reason Strangerâ€™s low price is too much for you, check this deal out!
Stewart Gilray has posted a summary of Just Add Waterâ€™s progress on bringing the recently released Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD to Steam. The post, made on the official Steam Forums, reiterates the changes made to the game (including the updated graphics, UI, difficulties, and foreign-language subtitles), and also details specifics exclusive to the Steam version of the game. Notably, the game has a tentative release date of March/April 2012, will be thoroughly QA tested (in response to complaints of last yearâ€™s initial PC release containing numerous bugs), and will feature new achievements not included in the PS3 version of the game. Stranger HD PC will also use DirectX, instead of OpenGL (likely a result of compatibility issues between OpenGL games and ATi graphics cards).
Gaming website Giant Bomb have posted a Quick Look of Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD. The 35-minute video is a brief showcase of the game, featuring the Looten Duke bounty mission. Overall, the Giant Bomb team seem to have a fairly positive view of the game.
With Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD due for release on the EU PlayStation Network tomorrow, games journalists are beginning to publish their reviews of Just Add Waterâ€™s handiwork. Eurogamerâ€™s review late last month was overwhelmingly positive, and it seems that opinion is shared by most critics. TheSixthAxis.com, PSNStores, ShopTo News,Â Electronic Theatre, Console Arcade, GotGame, This is My Joystick! and Blast Process are among the websites to weigh in on the title and all are thoroughly impressed, with scores averaging around 9/10 or 4/5. A general complaint seems to be some minor technical issues, but reviewers have made it clear that these are minor and do not detract from the experience at all. Electronic Theatre seems to hold the most critical opinion of the game, saying â€œwhile fans of the original will love the visual overhaul, those expecting a brand new PlayStation 3 aesthetic may be left wantingâ€. Despite this, they still award the game a healthy 82% score, stressing that the gameâ€™s quirks are down to it being â€œstill fundamentally a six year old videogameâ€. Overall, opinions so far are very positive, with most reviewers being especially pleased with the quality the game is for its price.
After 15 months of development, Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD will finally be released to PAL regions on December 21st. The date was confirmed today in a post on the PlayStation Blog, written by Stewart Gilray of Just Add Water. Development on Stranger HD was announced as completed last month, when a complete list of all changes, additions and upgrades was posted on the JAW website. Since then, it has been reviewed by Eurogamer, who gave it an overwhelmingly positive reception. JAW also reaffirmed via Twitter that the PC version would be arriving 2-3 months from now. UPDATE: According to the US PlayStation Blog, the North American release of Stranger HD will be on December 27th.
After a few days of Oddworld Inhabitants hinting at something big, some fans may have been disappointed when todayâ€™s news was revealed to be the Oddworld.com redesign. However, in the blog post detailing the new websiteâ€™s improvements, there was also a snippet of Stranger-related news, the most notable of which being that the release date will be announced next week:
To everyone hoping weâ€™d be announcing the release date today for Strangerâ€™s Wrath HD, sorry to say that is not the case. We understand itâ€™s been frustrating for many of you not knowing when you can expect to play the game, but these things take time to work out! But we can reveal that we will be announcing the release dates on Wednesday 7th December. In the very near future youâ€™ll also be able to enter competitions to win free PSN download codes!The release date is also listed as â€œDecember 2011â€ on the Oddworld.com page for Stranger HD.