E3 2011: Oddworld coming to Vita

Just Add Water bringing Stranger's Wrath, Munch's Oddysee to Sony's new handheld this holiday, will support cross-platform cloud saves.

Oddworld is getting a new lease on life. Developer Just Add Water announced on its Twitter feed today that Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath--already planned for release on the PlayStation 3--are coming to the Vita as well.

At one time, Stranger's Wrath was set to launch on the PS2.

"Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath coming to PS Vita this holiday season, with cross platform cloud saves," the studio posted.

An Xbox launch title in 2001, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee was an action platformer and the series' first foray into the world of 3D. For the 2005 release of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, original developer Oddworld Inhabitants took the series in a new direction. A spin-off from the franchise's core "quintology," Stranger's Wrath combined first-person shooter and third-person shooter mechanics in an Old West-inspired setting.

The Oddworld series was first launched in 1997 and is best known for its juvenile sense of humor, socially conscious themes, and platforming gameplay. Two games were released on the PlayStation, and in 2000, the studio signed a deal with Microsoft to publish titles exclusively for the Xbox. While Munch's Oddysee made it to market under the Microsoft banner, the partnership with the console maker dissolved before Stranger's Wrath was finished.

Electronic Arts picked the game up in 2004 as part of its EA Partners program. At the time, EA had announced the game for release on the PlayStation 2 as well, though that version never materialized. Oddworld Inhabitants confirmed its withdrawal from game development soon thereafter.

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11 comments
LoadedTuna
LoadedTuna

stranger's wrath was one of my favorite games, this is great.

dooms33ker
dooms33ker

Be weary, Just Add Water did a terrible job on the PC ports of Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Oddysee. It took them more than two months to make the game playable after release.

brian419
brian419

Really liked Munch's Oddysee on Xbox.Never played Strangers Wrath.Will be getting both.Would be fun titles for Vita.

Gohansephiroth
Gohansephiroth

Good to hear, i cant wait to play the revamped version on PS3 as well, its one of my favorite games ever.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Sounds good, when will it be coming out??

XenoLair
XenoLair

The first two were awsome. I'd definitely pick this up if I were buying a vita. But for now, my original CD's will have to do :)

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@dre256x - yeah, because you personally think that, it must therefore be the same as everyone else right? pfffffft... as if. Oddworld is massively popular and always will be, for the reasons that our good friend Phil-teh shared with you and more. Just because you don't want to play these games doesn't mean others don't. For myself personally, this announcement is the greatest news yet for the new Vita and secures it as an absolute day 1 must buy for me.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@dre256x As Secret of Monkey Island HD and the new Sam and Max / Back to the Future, classic gameplay will never die and will always find a new audience.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

not happy with where they took this series. oddworld should stick to platforming and be in dlc format. you think there would be alot they could do with PSV's plethora of controls in their proven style

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

New Oddworld game, apart from the HD remakes of Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Odyssey? Totally sold.

dre256x
dre256x

Does anyone cares about this series anymore? Come on now, design something new, i personally think OddWorld glory days are wayyyyyy done...