Hello! Twenty years ago — way back in 1994 — we at Oddworld Inhabitants started working on our first video game, which originally had the name of “SoulStorm.” It was later retitled to the name Oddworld fans now know best: “Abe’s Oddysee.” A story-based atmospheric cinematic platformer, Oddysee would go on to define the Oddworld brand — humor, epic art, great playability, and a plot that resonated far deeper than it appeared on the surface.
Thankfully, our unassuming, hapless hero Abe captured the hearts of PlayStation gamers when it was released in 1997 — and last year, the ground-up remake Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty managed the same feat on PS4, a game that really connected with critics and gamers alike.
New ‘n’ Tasty is an ambitious project for us. While it’s based on Oddysee, New ‘n’ Tasty doesn’t use a single line of the original source code; there are no visual elements recycled; most all of the audio was redone from scratch and even the cutscenes were completely re-built.
And, of course everything is now in full 3D, with dynamic lighting, responsive AI, and ragdoll physics for added hilarity.
That all means that every version of the game needs love, care, and dedication to make it look, feel and play the best for that platform. We’ve taken everything on board regarding the PS4 version over the months since release (including the addition of classic “old-school” controls) and are now ready to announce that the PS3 version will be out this week.
New ‘n’ Tasty is a game forged very much by our fans. Our fans helped name the game, voice acted as Mudokons in the game, and helped name the PlayStation Trophies — they even decided which game we should actually make in the first place. So this latest Oddworld title is very much our way of saying thanks for the years of dedicated support.
We’re really excited about the PS3 version. The developers at Just Add Water in the UK have worked tirelessly over the last few months, and all the hard work and dedication has resulted in a faithful version of the game, standing up nicely against its PS4 sibling.
New ‘n’ Tasty will be yours to download from the PlayStation Store this week — and remember it’s cross buy with other PlayStation formats of the game.