We’ve not seen a new Oddworld game for over a decade now – Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath debuted on the Microsoft’s first Xbox in 2005. Since then we’ve had assorted remasters, revamps and reimaginings, but no brand new material set in this oddest of environs. It’s about time then that the developer responsible for this unique universe, Oddworld Inhabitants, gave us something fresh to enjoy.
Announced today on their website, Oddworld: Soulstorm is set to be the follow-up to the remastered original released in the middle of 2014 on the PlayStation 4 – Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty! Sadly, there isn’t much more to pore over visually, beyond that image above, and a few more blurry bits of Abe’s body on the site – They’re planning to reveal his chest next. No, really. This is strictly teaser material. So here’s a trailer for New ‘n’ Tasty which only recently landed on the Xbox One.
Now, if you’re familiar with the first two games featuring the plucky Mukodon you might be thinking, ‘Wasn’t Abe’s Exoddus the follow-up to Abe’s Oddysee?’, and you’d be right. It was, but it was also confirmed in the past that Exoddus would see a remaster, following the success of its predecessor’s.
From the descriptions on the website it sounds like Oddworld Inhabitants’ Californian and UK-based studios (along with help from Canadian developer Frima Studio – see Chariot) are planning on telling a new story that will follow on directly from the end of the New ‘n’ Tasty chapter. Something of an Abe’s Exoddus 2.0.
Following their escape from Rupture Farms, Abe and three hundred freshly-freed Mukodons find themselves alone in the desert with nowhere to turn, no food to eat and no water to drink. Their discovery of a delicious new drink (Soulstorm Brew?) however leads to a number of rather unpleasant consequences.
The studio’s president and founder, and Oddworld creator, Lorne Lanning had this to say about the new project,
“There was a deeper, darker, and more sinister story that we never got to tell. Soulstorm gives us the opportunity to flesh out more meat on the bones of an original spine, but re-tell the fable from a very different angle.
“Abe has a long way to go and plenty more adversity ahead. Soulstorm is going to be a much heavier trip for him.”
It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from Oddworld: Soulstorm. Could we see a departure from the old-school side-scrolling nature of the first two Oddworld titles, perhaps something a little more open world, like Munch’s Oddysee or Stranger’s Wrath? Be sure to follow @OddworldInc if you want to know more, until we see an update there though all we have is the information on the website and a release window of the latter half of 2017. A long way to go indeed.