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.
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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.
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.