Oddworld: Soulstorm is the latest videogame developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, released on PlayStation and PC in . It is the sixth videogame released by Oddworld Inhabitants and is primarily a retelling of events previously portrayed in Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, although with hugely significant changes to the story, gameplay and levels. It is the second installment in the Oddworld 2.0 Quintology and so can also be considered a replacement of Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, although it contains only small references to the lore of that game and does not feature Munch.
The narrative of Oddworld: Soulstorm diverges from the events of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, although it focuses on many of the same characters, locations and themes as well as introducing new ones. For instance, in Exoddus, Necrum Mines is the first playable location Abe visits, but in Soulstorm it is one of the last places Abe travels to.
After the Epic Spring Showcase, on , the Oddworld Inhabitants Twitter account shared a message from Lorne Lanning addressing Oddworld fans regarding the release date of Oddworld: Soulstorm. In the final part of the four-tweet message, Lorne assured fans that the game's release date would be revealed before .
On , Lanning hosted a 3-minute presentation during Sony's State of Play digital promotional event during which he announced that the PlayStation 5 version of Oddworld: Soulstorm would be free to play for PlayStation Plus members from to . The endslate of the video gave a release date for Oddworld: Soulstorm on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and on Epic Games Store for PC. This was backed up by a post on Oddworld.com and a guest post by Lanning on the PlayStation.Blog.
During the lawsuit of Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple Inc. held in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, one document submitted as evidence revealed that Epic Games Store had ‘lifetime exclusivity’ on Oddworld: Soulstorm, at least on PC, at least in the words Epic Games used internally, and at least at the time the document was used internally ().
Oddworld: Soulstorm hasn't been confirmed for release on any other gaming platform; however, in it did receive an ESRB rating for Xbox One and Xbox Series, which was shortly thereafter removed from the ESRB website.
Because Oddworld: Soulstorm was free on PlayStation 5 for PlayStation Plus members at its launch, Oddworld Inhabitants was unable to offer pre-orders on digital copies of the game for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
Customers who purchased the digital PlayStation 4 version of Oddworld: Soulstorm would be able to own the digital PlayStation 5 version of the game as well for free. However, because the digital PlayStation 5 version of Soulstorm would be free for PlayStation Plus members at the game's launch, the reverse would not be true, and customers buying the digital PlayStation 5 version of the game would not be able to also own the digital PlayStation 4 version of the game for free.
On , Microids announced that it publishing physical editions of Oddworld: Soulstorm for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, to be released by retailers on , with participating retailers offering pre-orders immediately. Two versions were made available, the ‘Day One Oddition’ and the ‘Collector's Oddition’.
The Day One Oddition features the game in a collectible embossed metal case featuring Abe's scarred left hand on the front and his tattooed chest on the rear. The Collector's Oddition includes the metal case and also comes with
- unique collector's box
- Oddworld: Soulstorm – The art of the videogame, a 160-page artbook made by Pix'n Love
- exclusive 22 cm (9 inch) Abe figurine
- exclusive SoulStorm Mining Company key fob
- 3 art prints: SoulStorm Brewery, FeeCo Depot and Molluck
- stickers of Mudokon tribal art and Abe's Scrab tattoo
Pre-orders of Microids' physical editions also come with
- 50-page digital artbook by Pix'n Love
- digital game soundtrack
- Sony PlayStation 4 (digital)
- Sony PlayStation 5 (digital)
- Microsoft Windows (Epic Games Store)
- Sony PlayStation 4 (physical)
- Sony PlayStation 5 (physical)
- Collector's Oddition
- Day One Oddition
- Oddworld: Soulstorm – The art of the videogame
- Lanning, Lorne (). ‘
A message from @lorne_lanning: // To Our Fans, // Thank you for your support. Today we released a new teaser trailer, courtesy of our friends at Epic. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out:’. Tweet. @OddworldInc. Twitter.
- Lanning, Lorne (). ‘
So, with Abe as my witness, before the sun sets on , you will know the official simultaneous release date for Oddworld: Soulstorm’s on PS5, PS4, and Epic Games Store. // Until then, stay safe. Stay odd! // Lorne Lanning’. Tweet. @OddworldInc. Twitter.
- Lanning, Lorne (). ‘Oddworld: Soulstorm at Sony State of Play!’. Oddworld Inhabitants. YouTube. Google.
- Oddworld Staff (). ‘Oddworld: Soulstorm Coming to PC, PS4, and PS5 on April 6’. Community News. Oddworld.com. Oddworld Inhabitants.
- Lanning, Lorne (). ‘Oddworld: Soulstorm arrives on PS4 and PS5 April 6’. PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation.com. Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited.
- Epic Games (). ‘Lifetime exclusivity on select titles (Oddworld: Soulstorm, Auto Chess, 10 Crowns, Ooblets, World War Z)’. ‘2nd Half + MG risk mitigated by evolved deal structure’, ‘Epic Games Store 12 Month Exclusive - Deal Structures’, slide 61. ‘Epic Games Store Review of Performance and Strategy’. Exhibit DX-4361. Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple, Inc., 4:20-cv-05640-YGR (). United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
- Romano, Sal (6 June 2021). ‘ESRB rates Oddworld: Soulstorm for Xbox Series, Xbox One’. Gematsu.
- Oddworld Inhabitants (). ‘
@QuinnMi96388106 @StanGe205 Hi Quinn, don't worry we received your "lovely" email. Because Soulstorm is April’s free game of the month for PS5 PS+ members, we are not allowed to offer pre-orders for the PS digital versions of the game. But, PC players can pre-order right now at Epic Games Store.’. Tweet. @OddworldInc. Twitter.
- Oddworld Inhabitants (). ‘
If you purchase the digital PS4 version, we are offering a FREE PATH to the PS5 digital version. But, because the game is free for PS5 PS+ owners in , we will not be offering a free backward path from to .’. Tweet. @OddworldInc. Twitter.
- Team Microids (). ‘Microids and Oddworld Inhabitants announce Oddworld: Soulstorm’s retail “Odditions”, now available in pre-order’. News. Microids.