Oddworld set to be reinhabited

Just Add Water announces multiple projects set in the Oddworld universe for a variety of platforms.

Despite the fact that former developer Oddworld Inhabitants switched from making games to animated movies in 2005, it would seem that the beloved cult series will be making a comeback. A post appeared earlier today on the Web site of British developer Just Add Water and confirmed that Oddworld is working on bringing the franchise back.

Oddworld will keep spinning after all.

Details were scarce, with the post detailing that the game has been in development for the past 12 months, starting off as the product of a meeting in June 2009. Just Add Water did say that it is planning "multiple projects, across multiple platforms." According to Just Add Water's Web site, the studio is a licensed developer for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox 360. The studio has been consulting with Oddworld Inhabitants about the project.

The post also linked to a new Twitter account for AbeMudokon, the protagonist from the first two games in the Oddworld franchise. So far, all of the tweets appear to be in character, with the poster responding in Abe's clipped speech pattern, as well as making reference to his frequent bowel movements.

The Oddworld series was first launched in 1997 and is best known for its juvenile sense of humour and platforming gameplay. Two games were released on the PlayStation, and in 2001, the franchise expanded to include Microsoft's Xbox console where it saw a further two titles released before the series went quiet.

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Discussion

59 comments
DarkTan01
DarkTan01

Hello....hello New Game....new game ok!

MMOPlayer22
MMOPlayer22

Great news, all the Oddworld's were so amazing, I just hope a new developer doesn't mean a worse game :/

Terminal53
Terminal53

I was wondering just last week whatever happened to Abey. Missed you bud.

damaster101
damaster101

Abes Exoddus was one of the most amazing games ever, i missed out on the ones after it but i'm really glad to see there making new games.It may not be the same 2d style but i hope they can make it just as crazy!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Stranger's Wrath is the only Oddworld game I bought. Great game, though. Glad they're coming back.

One_too
One_too

Bring it on!! Hope the farts it's still there!! :D

natenation87
natenation87

OH YEAH!! I've been wanting another Oddworld game for so long, They're so fun.They were one of my fav games as a kid, can't wait. What a coincidence, I just started playing the originals again this week.

Prophizle
Prophizle

Oddworld and Exodus are just creative brilliance

PSGamerforlife
PSGamerforlife

YES ITS FINALLY GOING TO COME BACK DAM IT! Its been years since i've played an Oddworld game with Abe in it... I also heard from an interview with Lorren Lanning that they are also going to work on a PC port of Muches Oddysee. I never got to play that :(. Never had the original xbox. And the xbox emulators are just useless. Thanks OI.

lamprey263
lamprey263

can't wait to see what they can do with the series after all these years

Jesse-Ray
Jesse-Ray

Abe's Oddysee was brilliant if they realeased that on XBLA and PSN they'd end up making similar profits as when it came out

Simple_malk
Simple_malk

C'mon release those PS games on PSN already. They were awesome games but so hard to find.

LifeForms
LifeForms

Woohoo... about bloody time!!! I loved Abe on the ps1, cant wait!!

march202002
march202002

I loved Stranger's Wrath myself. I wish Xbox Arcade would make that available since Microsoft decided to not patch it for backwards compatibility. Damn it.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

The ps games were very good, never had and xbox so I did not play stranger and so.

BloodMist
BloodMist

If they can release some more games on par with the quality of the first two, I will be very, very happy.

raiding_kvatch
raiding_kvatch

Dude yeah! Really enjoyed Abe's Oddyssey and Exoddus, Munch was pretty good too, and although for some reason I missed out on stranger I've been informed that that game was great; looking forward to see anything else from Oddworld.

RadView
RadView

Sweet !! -- Looking forward to another odd adventure in Oddworld.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Definitely one of my top five favorite franchises! This is excellent news! I just hope Oddworld Inhabitants has a significant creative input in this.

P-Ball3179
P-Ball3179

...and just when I thought the greatest game company would never be heard from again! (Hopefully JAD takes this seriously, to do less would be a disgrace!) This was by far my favorite games series, hands down. Has anyone heard about any movies that they put out? If so, any information would be appreciated!

orion124
orion124

I loved the first two, so I would love to see a next gen re-do or sequel much like the new Mortal Kombat. Update graphics/gameplay but keep the side scrolling, humor and quirkiness, and that would be a great game!

DonBaser
DonBaser

YESSSS MY WISH HAS BEEN GRANTED!!! hello, follow me, wait, WORK!!

scorpi13
scorpi13

I hope they're going to make a sequel to Stranger's Wrath. That was a cool game.

RunningMansKid
RunningMansKid

Where the eff is Stranger's Wrath compatibility for 360? Can I at least get that until the new game gets developed?

Lionman363
Lionman363

Great. The Oddworld frachise was one of the most interesting and immersive franchises in the Playstation era. I'm only hoping that they'll stick to the Quintology and stay away from the FPS market. Stranger's Wrath was good, but interrupted the pace of the Oddworld Quintology.

Steyrvolt
Steyrvolt

Hmm. I love Oddworld, and really hope this turns out to be good, but unless my Google skills need more work, J.A.W. is about as green as a developer can get. I only see one game, a PSN and portable title, under their belt. The site says that they are made up of different gamemakers who collectively have more than 40 titles under their belts... but not knowing what titles and how involved these people were... I'm not getting excited until I see some gameplay. On the optimistic side, though: They've been working on it for almost a year and we're just hearing about it, so green or not, it looks like they're taking it seriously.

Hkshinfug
Hkshinfug

CAN I GET A HEL-... well, can I get an some appropriate form of excitement!? Can't wait for more information, been waiting a while to see what Abe's been up to!

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

This is great to hear, I remember being like 10 and loving the original game. Maybe this will let me relive my childhood...

Wombaggins
Wombaggins

God, I have been waiting for this news for a long time. I've played and loved all of the Oddworld games. For while, I thought they weren't going to make any more and I was really depressed. Glad to see they've decided to continue on.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I wish they word patch Stranger's Wrath to play on the Xbox 360. I picked up the game and can't play it unless I pull out my old Xbox. I still like the OddWorld universe, even though I never beat any of those games. Should be interesting to see where they take the series.

richwalker13
richwalker13

Stranger's Wrath was absolutely incredible.

Quinzark
Quinzark

Really want to hear more on this. =3

Race
Race

Guarded excitement...I loved Oddworld, so hopefully the new developers loved it at least as much.

o0MrCheesy0o
o0MrCheesy0o

Oddworld is awesome. What more can I say?

gshell
gshell

FANGUS KLOT!!!!!

kava777
kava777

Some big shoes to fill I'd say.

DarkPadwan
DarkPadwan

Awesome! Good to see a great franchise come back. Although they did leave on a high note with Stranger's Wrath. Hope to see Stranger.

darzentas
darzentas

ooo i play this game until now i like it so much ill never stop playing....on ps1 anyway w8ing to come up!!

groowagon
groowagon

this is good and bad news at the same time. Abe is back, but not by the original team. i'm just not counting on JAW's ability to pull this off. i'm afraid consulting with Oddworld Inhabitants is not gonna be enough. i really do hope that they surprise me, but i have a bad feeling about this...

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

More stranger please at least odd world is back. Next up Legacy of Kain... I hope.