Just Add Water revealed that the 2009 re-releases of Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exodus sold 750,000 units across PC, PS3, and Vita downloads. By those figures, the updated version of the 1997 classic may be a popular item on XBLA and PSN menus in a year's time.
San Francisco, USA, 1 October 2012.
Yesterday, Industry veteran and Just Add Water (Developments) Ltd. CEO Stewart Gilray was on stage at Eurogamer Expo 2012 to demonstrate the game. Whilst on stage, Gilray also revealed the full title of the game, after Oddworld Inhabitants ran a competition where fans submitted suggestions. The full name for the remake will be 'Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee – New 'n' Tasty'.
The reimagining of the classic game will feature:
· fully 3D rendered environments with '2.5D' gameplay;
· levels redesigned to take advantage of the new engine;
· rerecorded sounds and voices, including some surprises; and
· full integration with gaming platforms.
The game will launch on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade and Sony's PlayStation Network for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, with a Microsoft Windows PC version due later.
Lorne Lanning, founder and co-owner of Oddworld Inhabitants said : "Oddworld Inhabitants is always overwhelmed by the fan dedication to Abe and the games and hope to keep them involved in the creative process for future games. We are all excited about giving a new generation of gamers the opportunity to play Abe's Oddysee the way they deserve."
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee – New 'n' Tasty is expected to be released in Q4 2013. For more information, visit www.oddworld.com.
About Oddworld Inhabitants
Formed in 1994 by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants is dedicated to creating the next generation of interactive entertainment.
Beginning with its debut products, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee® and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus®, Oddworld mixed a potent brew of Hollywood artistry with rock-solid gameplay to produce experiences rich in emotionality, empathy and entertainment value. Combined sales of the company's first products are in excess of three million units and climbing. Both games have been a hit with established gamers and non-gamers alike: 18% of Europeans who purchased Abe's Exoddus were women.
Through Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee, Stranger's Wrath and the games yet to follow, Oddworld is introducing a collection of characters set in a common universe, sharing the highest standards of creativity, quality and unforgettable personality. More than actors in a play, the inhabitants of Oddworld are A.L.I.V.E.: Aware Lifeforms In Virtual Entertainment® with their own physical needs, emotional quirks and unforgettable personalities.
Our mission is simple: for Oddworld's Inhabitants to live in every home.
About Just Add Water
Based in West Yorkshire countryside, Just Add Water (Developments) Ltd. is a collective of veteran game developers specialising in download-only games, since 2006. With over 100 years' collective game development experience spread among the core team, JAW's key personnel have worked on over 50 game titles over the past 20 years including:
Power Monger, Pinball Fantasies, Spec Ops: Ranger Elite, Soldier of Fortune, Dune 2000, and Gravity Crash to name but a few.
Stewart Gilray heads the company, having worked in the business since the 1980s. Stewart's drive for creating JAW was and still is to facilitate building the games he and his team want to play. Recently JAW became the exclusive developers for titles based upon the Oddworld brand.
Sony PlayStation 3 (late 2012)
Microsoft Xbox One