PS3 Stranger's Wrath set for summer

Western-themed shooter entry in Oddworld franchise gets new release window on Sony's downloadable storefront; one more Oddworld PSN launch set for this year.

The HD revamp of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath was originally set to hit the PlayStation Network for Easter, but the second coming of the 2005 Xbox shooter missed that window. However, those looking forward to the Western-themed spin-off's return won't have to wait too much longer, as Oddworld Inhabitants confirmed on its Facebook page that the remake is now set to launch this summer.

…and boom goes the dynamite.

When it launches, the biggest change for the remake will be the addition of 720p high-definition graphics. The PlayStation 3 edition of Stranger's Wrath will also incorporate PlayStation Move support, visual bells and whistles like normal mapping and self-shadowing, and "remastered 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.

The HD changes will also be added into the PC edition of Stranger's Wrath, which is already available. As for an Xbox 360 version, Oddworld Inhabitants has said it is trying to get Microsoft to accept the project for publication on its console, but the final decision is out of its hands.

Stranger's Wrath is the first Oddworld project from UK-based developer Just Add Water, but it won't be the last. In July, the studio announced that it would be working on multiple Oddworld projects for multiple platforms. Oddworld Inhabitants has also said it plans to have a pair of PSN releases this year. Earlier this year, Oddworld Inhabitants' cofounder Lorne Lanning announced that an HD version of the series' first installment, Abe's Oddysee, was in production.

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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slainta
slainta

This didn't have to move from the Playstation to the Xbox at all! After that the Franchise went into the limbo. What a shame and a loss. Too glad they are coming back.

p444u
p444u

Cant wait! One of my all time favs!

Vodoo
Vodoo

Played this on the original Xbox. It was cool but have no reason to play it again. Was a different brand of FPS with alot of character.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@Drkr_Zen Well it's a good thing you didn't buy a 360 to play this game because it was never compatible with the system in the first place. I bought it and Matrix: Path Of Neo and never got to play either game. I've been playing this on my PC lately because I got the Oddbox. It's a really sweetness game. I'm excited to see any new games coming out in the franchise. I heard they're supposedly making a new one...

Gohansephiroth
Gohansephiroth

Happy to see the game is still coming along nicely, i was worried there for a bit when we had no news of it. Its a fantastic title everyone should check out, one of the xbox's hidden gems and sure to be even better with its new updates.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Revamped Stranger's Wrath? Looking forward to it!

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Definitely looking forward to this, as I've never played the Oddworld games on any platforms outside of PlayStation... and always wanted to play this one, but didn't want to buy a XBOX or 360. Just one of many great downloadable titles releasing this Summer - can't wait!

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

if this sells well enough maybe we will see a new game

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

Great Game, Oddworld going out of bussiness was one of the worst moments in gaming IMO.

scorpi13
scorpi13

Let's hope a direct sequel will be made in the future. The ending of Stranger's Wrath makes you feel like the story will continue.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Just recently purchased the OddBox and I must say, Strangers Wrath is indeed one hell of a great game. Can't wait to apply the much needed HD patch for it.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Never played this the first time around, definitely will this time though.

Zero_Echo
Zero_Echo

I absolutely loved Stanger's Wrath! I cannot wait!

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

oh nice! i never played it, but i did watch a friend play it and wanted to play it ever since. gonna be awesome when it comes

IceJester45
IceJester45

Stranger's Wrath was amazing. I can't wait to see it in HD.

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

What's Microsofts problem? This would be a great addition for XBLA. I'm not too bothered because I've also got a PS3 and gaming PC, but I'm sure those with just a 360 would like to play it. I've got the Xbox original. It's probably one of the best games that was released for the first Xbox.

ssjfuturetrunks
ssjfuturetrunks

Haha Gamespot's watching too much Family Guy/Cleveland Show