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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Just Add Water

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'Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee' (ALL) Getting HD Remake

by Rainier on Jan. 31, 2011 @ 3:07 p.m. PST

Selected by the fickle finger of fate, Abe, floor-waxer first class for RuptureFarms, was catapulted into a life of adventure when he overheard plans by his boss, Molluck the Glukkon, to turn Abe and his fellow Mudokons into Tasty Treats as part of a last-ditch effort to rescue Molluck's failing meat-packing empire.

During his escape from RuptureFarms, Abe received a vision from the mysterious Big Face, showing Abe that he must not only rescue his fellow Mudokons, but also protect all of Oddworld's creatures from the predatory Magog Cartel.

After completing arduous Temple trials, and journeying across a wasteland with his friend Elum, Abe was granted the awesome power of the Shrykull. Returning to RuptureFarms, Abe destroyed the foul slaughterhouse, rescued his buddies, and brought down some righteous lightning on top of Molluck's pointy head.

In the March, 2011 EGM interview, Lorne Lanning talks about the resurrection of his creation, Oddworld. Lanning reveals that fans can look forward to an HD remake of the game that started it all, Abe’s Oddysee:

Abe HD is going into production. It’s basically Abe’s Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer. So the way Just Add Water wants to approach it, we thought was very smart; they are not trying to reinvent any wheels. It’s like, ‘Can we make that experience in a new engine, with new tech, in the old way?’”

In the short-term fans of the Oddworld series can expect to see the previously announced Stranger’s Wrath coming for the PSN. “For Stranger, it’s the same game, but being re-done,” Lanning explains. “All the normal maps and the PS3 rendering tech is being taken advantage of on all the characters and on the environments, so it’s been really cool to see how well that’s coming along. We never had it on [PS2], and the rendering capability of the PS3 speaks for itself, so if we can get the game experience on there, there’s nothing else like Stranger on Sony.”

As far as XBLA is concerned, the future of Stranger is a bit less clear, at least for now. “We have Stranger all ready to go on XBLA, but the answer keeps being no. We’re still talking to them and we’re hoping to work it out.”

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