Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath targeted at PS3

Just Add Water remake of original studio's 2005 Xbox-exclusive swan song to feature Move support, high-definition graphics.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath launched on the original Xbox in January of 2005, and while the game received plenty of critical praise, it garnered little attention from consumers. A planned PlayStation 2 port of the game never materialized, but Sony loyalists will finally get a chance to check out the last original Oddworld Inhabitants title. Just Add Water today announced it will launch a downloadable remake of the game for the PlayStation 3 next Easter.

Stranger's Wrath developers redefined the phrase "live ammo."

The biggest change for the remake will be the addition of 720p high-definition graphics. The PS3 edition of Stranger's Wrath will also incorporate PlayStation Move support, visual bells and whistles like normal mapping and self-shadowing, and "re-mastered dialogue." The technical quality of the voice samples in the original game was a point of criticism in GameSpot's original review for the title.

Strangers Wrath is the first Oddworld project from the UK-based developer, but it won't be the last. In July, the studio announced that it would be working on multiple Oddworld projects for multiple platforms.

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. Oddworld produced the 3D platformer Munch's Oddysee as a launch title, but 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 and launched it the next year, but Oddworld Inhabitants confirmed its withdrawal from game development soon thereafter.

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faulker97
faulker97

When i was eight and this came out my step dad got it for me and I loved it, though I didnt finish it cus my mom thought it was to violent. SO i can't wait to play it again

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Cool! I never got to play it when it was on Xbox then when i got my 360 it wasnt in the back compatable series for some rediculous reason. Now i can happily buy an even better version and FINALLY get to play!

plightstar
plightstar

I loved Strangers Wrath and was gutted Mircosoft didn't manage to get it to run on the 360, hopefully they can port the HD remake to the 360 or PC as well.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I kind of missed the sidescroller action of the original two games. I'm looking forward to a demo. Yoyoyoyoyoyoyo...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Never played a single one of them. Maybe this'll be a good place to start.

therealsomeguy
therealsomeguy

I missed out on munches oddesy but now oddworld, i love you

daveversion1
daveversion1

Awesome news, they made some amazing games.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

I missed out on this when it was first put out on the Xbox, it's good to know that I will get another chance to pick it up though.

PSGamerforlife
PSGamerforlife

:O. NO WAI. Now im going to wait for Munches oddysee...

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Great - I liked Stranger's Wrath. But an Abe's Odyssey/Exodus remake would've been better :P

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

"Just Add Water remake of original studio's 2005 Xbox-exclusive swan song to feature Move support, high-definition graphics." When I first read that, I thought it was a dig, then I saw that it was the name of the studio. I never was an Oddworld fan, but their game plan seemed ambitious at the time and my friends loved it. I hope it turns out well.

ethanrulez
ethanrulez

Sweet. I loved to play this on my original Xbox now I can play it on my PS3 :D

Krystyan68
Krystyan68

Great game!! Happy to see that PS3 owners will get a chance to play this now. It's a big departure from all the military style shooters around today.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

this'll go nicely with abe's stuff from the psn XD

monson21502
monson21502

nice. im gonna have to get this. because i never got to play it on xbox because i was to hooked runescape to even turn on my ps2/xbox/gamecube.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I still have my Xbox copy, its in the loft with my old generation games. It wasn't a bad game Oddworld, decent length, would be great to see a new adventure though.

t37nguye
t37nguye

wow Oddworld in HD for PS3! I am soooooo going to get it.

SuicideSekt
SuicideSekt

I have to say that this is going to be GOOD even Great! I always loved Strangers Wrath and miffed that it wasnt B.C. for 360 and as agreed with most people its always been under the radar per say but I must say its a MUST HAVE game!! PLUS its gonna be Move compatible! COOL! Can't wait! I wish though that they could put all the Oddworld games HD'ed if you will onto 1 PS3 disc!! Like they are doing with The Sly Cooper games! One downside = DOWNLOAD ONLY! Personally If i am shelling out 15/20 duckets for something I want to be able to hold it in my hand! That is just me! ALL in ALL = MUST HAVE!

mardinn
mardinn

Another Uber Classis coming to PS3 Dang nice

Divina_Commedia
Divina_Commedia

Sweet! I, as an owner of the PS2 and not the Xbox, always wanted to play this but never could as my PS2 broke and the 360 wasnt backwards compatible with the game. Good to here it's being remade. will be a buy for me.

cjasko94
cjasko94

why can't they do this, but with mass effect

yeebsey
yeebsey

@ANTHONYMVP2U "ps3 is the best.." are you trying to start yet another fanboy war and ruin yet another thread lol. please dont tempt the fanboys! they can smell these comments from a mile off!

edpeterson
edpeterson

That was a great game to play, hopefully the PS3 version is just as good if not better

yeebsey
yeebsey

hopefully a good sign of things to come. have replayed the first 3 games in the past month and was pulling my hari out trying to track down a copy of stranger's wrath if this is a sign that just add water are bringing the franchise back it'll blow my mind

fester420
fester420

I loved Stranger's Wrath when it first came out. Can't wait to download.

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

bring it. hope this means a new game is on the way too

XenoLair
XenoLair

I love the Oddworld games but damn.. I'd really love a new game.

Blackbird34
Blackbird34

I still have this on Xbox, but I will buy it again for PS3. I absolutely loved this game, one of my top 5 favorite Xbox games.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

This is some of the best news this year.... I'd really like them to do a HD update of Munch's Oddysee too. Infact - all the Oddworld games. A little tiny bit of the gaming me died when they said they would make no more Oddworld games, and this news just made it poke out the ground like a zombie. Sweet.

bloodomen9
bloodomen9

ihad a used copy of the game for my 360 but those damn M$ never made it BC compatible ! glad to hear il be able to play it on my ps3 looks like a good game

Oracleas
Oracleas

come on, give us Abe for pc!!!

Gliave
Gliave

Yeeesss! yeeeeesssssss......At laaaast, that best of them all. @spike6958: Read the developer's history fart brains before askin for another installment; it's not gonna happen, not any time soon. What the heck are u talkin bout moreover? U can't compare the first 2 parts to this one since they're a completely different genre altogether, plus Munch's odyssey got an average score, and after playing it i kinda saw why. Regardless though, this one's got a thumbs up from all parties during its release. Last but not least, don't be a beggar and try and choose. The fact that they had it exclusively made for Xbox at the time deprived a lot of ppl from experiencing it. So stop being a sour lil girl, and keep your pointless comments to urself. Thank you.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

This is an "odd" (No pun intended) choice for a downloadable hd remake, espcially since it was originally Xbox exclusive. I hated that this was never made backward compatible with the 360. Playing it in HD with the Move is going to be fun.

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

@spike6958 I couldn't agree any more with you. Abe's story was great. And the game was a classic blend of a platformer and a puzzler, sad to see it was abandoned. The studio should either remake the games, or continue the story.

spike6958
spike6958

Strangers Wrath was terrible when compared to Abe's Odyssey and Abe's Exodus, even Munch's Odyssey was better, they should be bringing back Abe and finishing his story instead of releasing the worst game in the series again after such a long time without an Oddworld game.

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

Yes. I will be buying this.

tainteddonut
tainteddonut

I loved playing Stranger's Wrath on the Xbox. I wouldn't mind purchasing it again on the PS3.

bluemoon6
bluemoon6

I can't play Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath on my 360 b/c they didn't put it on the backwards compatibility list, and know I find out PS3 owners will have the ability to play. Oh....the irony. In any case, those of you Sony owners who haven't played, play it. It was quite the gem.

MKID232
MKID232

This game was great. Can't wait to play it again on the ps3.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Kravyn81 Still have the original Xbox game, and Munch's Oddysee. ********************************************************** Me too. I would hoping they were going to finish the series with Abe. Both Strangers Wrath and Munch's Oddysee are side stories. Originally Lorne Lanning had said there would be 5 parts to Abe's story. All we got was Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus. There was suppose to be 3 more stories, but Lorne wanted to branch out to other areas of Oddworld and their characters. This is why we got Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath. Now they have something new planned. See here. --- [url]http://www.jawltd.com/?p=546[/url] . Apparently, they have been working with Just Add Water on several new projects and not just PS3 version of Stranger's Wrath.

veitari
veitari

This was one of my favourite games for the original Xbox. It's brilliant. If I had a PS3, I'd buy it again.

jakek
jakek

thats so awesome! i always wanted to play it, but never had an xbox

luffy11234
luffy11234

wow this whole day in games news gets better and better

Hugo_Fahkov
Hugo_Fahkov

This is the best of Oddworlds games, imho. Can't say I'm gonna get this though. Already played through it a few times on my Xbox. The "Peckerheads" are absolutely hilarious in this game!!!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I can't remember if I rented this game or just played the demo a long time ago, but it looks and sounds familiar and I remember it being a pretty fun game. If the price is right I might buy it on the PS3 when it comes out.