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Grab Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee while it's free on Steam

24-hour deal is in effect
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
Now through September 24, 2015 at 10:00am Pacific, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is free to download and keep on Steam. It's free free -- not one of those only-good-for-the-weekend promotions. Naturally, this deal is a way to get O...
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Lorne Lanning confirms remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is happening

Oddly good news
Apr 14
// Vikki Blake
Oddworld Inhabitants developer Lorne Lanning has confirmed that a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is on its way. Talking in a recent Twitch stream, Lanning added that after speaking with fans of the platformer series during...
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Oddworld on Xbox

Fresh meat: Xbox One gets Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on March 27

Abe frightened me when I was younger
Mar 20
// Jordan Devore
Tasty? Yes. New? Depends how you look at it. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has been out on PC for a little bit now and on PS4 for even longer, but this remake hasn't finished making the rounds yet. Next up, Xbox One. Oddworld Inhab...

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Feb 23 // Darren Nakamura
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Linux, Mac, Windows [tested])Developers: Just Add Water Developments, Ltd.Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc.Released: February 25, 2015MSRP: $19.99Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit A lot of the heavy lifting was already done for the console version, but it bears repeating: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a fantastic visual upgrade from Abe's Oddysee. The environments are all rebuilt and rendered in-engine, making the transitions between nearby areas smoother than the original. Seeing Oddworld in high definition is a treat. Loading times have been significantly reduced. Control is a little strange with a keyboard, at least for somebody who is more familiar with console controls. With full controller compatibility this wasn't an issue past my initial experiments to see how it works on a keyboard. There were some issues with listed button prompts when switching between keyboard and controller mid-game, but for my only complaint, it's pretty minor. The main point to note is that the PC port is technically competent; it is comparable to the PlayStation 4 version. I experienced no bugs, glitches, or even slowdown, which is great considering my rig isn't exactly state-of-the-art. [embed]288023:57455:0[/embed] Unsurprisingly, the Steam Achievements are the same as the PS4 Trophies, down to the artwork and descriptions. Steam Trading Card support is present, with Badges to craft and backgrounds to collect. A couple of the trading cards feature concept art unavailable in the console build. It isn't much, but it might be the one noticeable difference in the PC version. There is no Steam Workshop support, as Oddworld would have to be significantly tweaked to include user-created content. As a pie-in-the-sky idea, it could have been fantastic, but its nonexistence doesn't hurt New 'n' Tasty at all. Cooperative mode remains as bafflingly unnecessary as it has always been; it achieves the same thing that handing a controller to a nearby friend does. Alf's Escape, the piece of downloadable content released last August for New 'n' Tasty on PlayStation 4, is immediately available for PC. Altogether, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty transitioned well to PC. Although it doesn't take full advantage of the platform, it has not lost anything in translation. If anything, the Steam version is a marginal improvement with a wider choice in control, the usual Steam baubles included, and a lower price tag. So I can breathe a sigh of relief. One of my favorite games from the late '90s got a great remaster last year, and it moved to my platform of choice without a hiccup. Oddworld has always been a dark, fantastic place to explore, and the upgrade to New 'n' Tasty has only made it more consuming.
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Like Chris, I had my first taste of Oddworld when it was new, back on the PlayStation in 1997. Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus were two of my favorite titles from that era, so when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was announced, I was...

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New 'n' Tasty

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty gets PC, Xbox One, PS3 release dates

Next month on PC, month after on PS3/Xbox One, and whenever the hell on Wii U/Vita
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the remake of the 1997 PS1 platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, hit PS4 last July. Now, it finally has a release date for some of its other planned platforms.  It is coming to PC, Mac, and Li...
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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes goes live with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning

Get to know the people who make great videogames
Nov 09
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] We're going to start airin...
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Oddworld Wii U

Oddworld on Wii U is delayed because of the basic Wii U model

Also, controls have been updated on other platforms
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
According to series creator Lorne Lanning, there are a few issues with the Wii U version of Oddworld New 'n' Tasty. It's not canceled, but apparently the problem is with the 8GB basic model of the Wii U. According to Lanning,...
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Oddworld DLC

Help Alf escape in this new Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty DLC

Free if you pre-ordered the game
Aug 20
// Chris Carter
If you didn't get enough of Abe in Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, you can chow down on some extra DLC starting this week. The new chapter is called "Alf's Escape," and features a character that was first met in the sequel -- ...

Review: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Jul 21 // Chris Carter
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Wii U, Xbox One)Developer:  Just Add WaterPublisher: Oddworld InhabitantsMSRP: $29.99Released: July 22, 2014 New 'n' Tasty kicks off in the bleak, factory-like setting of RuptureFarms. The (formerly) titular Abe is a Mudokon, a peaceful shamanistic race that is now slaves to the Glukkons -- a parody of evil corporate businessmen, right down to the cigars. Before the game starts, everything is running at status quo. Mudokons are slicing up and processing other races into meat to profit the Glukkons, but recently, profits have been down. Abe wanders into the boardroom one day and spies a new strategy -- the Mudokons are going to be the next main course! Without missing a beat, Abe is immediately forced on the run, and your journey to escape RuptureFarms and embrace your destiny begins. One of the best aspects of the original was its compelling world. Within the first five minutes of the game Abe's Odyssee exhumes more lore than many other titles provide in five hours. You'll see Abe's race, a pack of Glukkons laughing over the demise of an entire species, and plenty of backstory to give your quest purpose. The moody atmosphere of the factory is sufficiently terrifying, as are most of the inhabitants that fill them up. So how does New 'n' Tasty play? Simply put, it's a puzzle platformer built around Abe's abilities (or lack thereof). As you can probably tell, Abe is a fairly meek individual. He has the power to run, jump, chant (more on this in a minute) and sneak, as well as use a rudimentary communication system by way of button combinations (hello, follow me, wait, whistling, farting, and laughing). He'll use the latter ability to start conversations with fellow Mudokons, and lead them into set gates to allow them to escape. The main problem? His friends aren't so smart, and will literally keep on running into hazards or enemies unless you specifically tell them to "wait," clear the way, and then tell them to follow again. Clearly, New 'n' Tasty wears its puzzle tendencies on its sleeve, as you can't rush into things head-on every single time. [embed]278263:54947:0[/embed] Instead, Abe can make use of three different principles -- wit, stealth, or confrontation. The former usually involves locating different switches, pulling levers that destroy or otherwise maim enemies in a deceitful manner. Stealth involves holding down the sneak button (which will in turn teach your friends to sneak around) to get by, carefully ensuring that you won't wake sleeping enemies. But the third way is probably the most interesting. Abe isn't completely helpless, as his chant power not only opens up gates for his companions to escape, but it can possess destructive enemies to do some real damage. The catch is that he not only has to have room to chant for a full five seconds (if an enemy is in sight, they'll shoot you down), but foes taken in this manner cannot jump -- so it's not a fool-proof solution to every puzzle. For the most part, taking control of enemies never gets old. You can walk around and communicate with other guards, start a conversation, and gun them down where they stand before you overload your subject's brain and make them explode. You can run your subject into a meat grinder and continue on your way. You can also scout ahead and use your poor possession as bait. The possibilities are constantly changing depending on the situation, and that's what keeps the game fresh and exciting. However, along with all that gameplay comes a few caveats. Developer Just Add Water has not only adapted the same great level design and aesthetic style, but the same wonky controls as the original. Abe's jumping, to put it lightly -- sucks. If you remember classic platformers like Prince of Persia where jumping from left to right moves you a certain amount of non-negotiable "blocks," you'll have the right idea of how imprecise leaping is. It's very, very difficult to do some of the tougher platforming sections (think mines in clusters at your feet) with the control scheme. Sometimes you'll try to get Abe to do a small leap, only to hit your toe on a set of mines and explode. Other times it's tricky to get him to jump farther, leading to some unfun platforming portions where you're fighting the controls to get to the next part of the level. I get why they recreated a faithful set of physics, but it doesn't mean it's ideal. Additionally, not all of the game's puzzles are created equal. Although the vast majority of the story is fairly open ended in terms of how to approach each problem (which is just as commendable now as it was at launch), some puzzles are either so obtuse that you'll be spending quite a while divining the singular solution, or so easy that the concept feels completely wasted. As long as you're willing to put up with a few of these sections, you'll charge on through to the game's more rewarding moments -- but I have a feeling that casual puzzle fans will get too frustrated to continue. One thing that does translate well though is the original style, overlayed on top of the beautiful new visuals. Oddysee's engine has been completely overhauled from scratch with Unity, and it genuinely looks incredible. For comparison's sake I even went back and popped in the original just to see how much New 'n' Tasty has improved, and it was like I wasn't even playing the same game. If you're a huge fan Abe's Oddysee, it's worth buying it again just to see the world of RuptureFarms completely recreated like this. Although the campaign is rather lengthy (roughly 10 hours depending on your skill level), there isn't a whole lot on the extra side to tide you over outside of three difficulty levels, and the ability to go back and save more Mudokons for a better ending. There is a "co-op" mode (just like the original), but it solely consists of taking turns after each death, and simply cuts out the hassle of passing a single controller around -- that's it. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is roughly the same frequently soul-crushing, yet unique and rewarding game it was in the '90s. Even if you hated it back then, it's probably worth investigating the remake just to see if your puzzle skills have improved, even if there aren't a whole lot of extras ready for you this time around. In the end, Abe's adventure is a tale worth telling. [Disclosure: Destructoid writer Zack Furniss provided a voice in this game. This was reviewed almost a year before he was hired, we just figured that we'd disclose that fact anyway retroactively.] -- CC, 8/5/2015
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One of the first games I ever played on PlayStation was Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. I remember opening up the jewel case, adorned by a creepy looking creature with his mouth sewn shut, with no idea of what to expect. Over t...

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Party like it's 1997: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer

Launching on PS4 tomorrow
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
You can read our Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty review just a bit later today, but you can watch the launch trailer for the spruced up cult classic platformer right now. It's as delightful as ever, but also clean and pretty. Or, new and tasty. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be available in North and South America on July 22, Europe and Australia July 23.
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Lorne Lanning

Lorne Lanning explains why he previously left the game industry

Makes sense, actually
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is an HD remake of the PS1 cult hit Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Lorne Lanning, the co-founder of publisher Oddworld Inhabitants, and a man who recently took an eight-year hiatus from the video games indu...
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty hits PS4 first on July 22

Other platforms to follow
Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
There's been a fair amount of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty news lately -- that dramatic trailer, most recently -- but it's the release info we've wanted most. Here it is: the revamped game will be available on PlayStation 4 via PS...

This Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty trailer is a little too overdramatic

I'm so glad a new Oddworld is happening
Jun 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is close to finishing up development. I'm so excited! The game will be playable at E3, so here's a slightly overdramatic trailer. Overdramatic in the musical choice I mean. The song is "Born to Love Y...
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PlayStation cross-buy announced for Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Pricing revealed while teasing announcement of release date
Apr 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
Oddworld Inhabitants divulged a few salient details regarding the upcoming release of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, remake of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Most notably, the studio has announced that the game will be offer...
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty looking good in new gameplay trailer

The definitions are so high
Mar 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
I've been a big fan of Oddworld from the very beginning. And the beginning is coming around again with the looming arrival of Oddworld: New & Tasty, a remake of the original classic Abe's Oddyssee in high-defin...
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500k sales of Abe's Oddysee remake could fund an all-new Oddworld

But first, a remake of Abe's Exoddus
Mar 18
// Jordan Devore
In a candid discussion about sales expectations for Just Add Water's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee remake, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, creator Lorne Lanning told Eurogamer that if 250,000 copies of the game are sold, that'll be e...
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Oddworld New 'n' Tasty

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty could still come to Xbox One

Abe baby
Dec 13
// Steven Hansen
"You know what? Oddworld wasn't built on selling out." That's what series creator Lorne Lanning had to say about Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty coming out on Xbox, prior to Microsoft's self-publishing 180. Now that Microsoft allows...
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You ought to download Binary Domain on PS Plus this week

Yakuza Team's criminally overlooked third-person shooter
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Yes, we've covered this month's PlayStation Plus games for North America already. But I can't pass on having just one more opportunity to represent Binary Domain, which joins the PS Vita version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath ...
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Oddworld New 'n' Tasty

Yum yum: Slurp down this New 'n' Tasty Oddworld trailer

Nov 14
// Steven Hansen
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a complete, from the ground up remake of the Oddworld developer's first game, Abe's Oddysee, which might be behind my difficulty in spelling "odyssey" correctly growing up. It looks fabulous. I can...

Oddworld: Munchís Oddysee HD now free on PS Plus

Tastes so good
Jul 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Oddworld series is just the best, and this week PlayStation Plus members get Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD for free on the PlayStation 3. Otherwise the game is only $9.99.  PlayStation owners also have a new pile of d...

Abe's Oddysee: New N' Tasty won't 'sell out' for Xbox One

Jun 14 // Jim Sterling
"It’s a different level of perspective. Is it ridiculous? I guess it depends on what seat you're sitting in. But I think right now Wall Street is seeing something else that’s ridiculous and we’re seeing it reflected in public companies’ stock values. "Who’s in touch with their audience? And who seems out of touch with their audience? All we know is we’ve tried to get our games on their platform ... I've had people tell me, 'dude, just go up there, you're losing millions of dollars.' You know what? Oddworld wasn't built on selling out." Good for him, sticking to his guns. While Xbox One continues to alienate all but major publishers, Nintendo and Sony have ample opportunity to capitalize. We already saw this at E3 when Sony showboated a considerable collection of indie titles -- New N' Tasty among them. With the independent scene growing to become such an exciting space, it seems utterly stupid that Microsoft would burn so many bridges, but its intent is clear -- it's seen how popular indie gaming is getting, and like everything else, it would like to dictate terms and control how that sector of the market operates.  I'm thinking Microsoft will find few indie developers enjoy being dictated to. Right now, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty isn't coming to Xbox One or Xbox 360 [Eurogamer]
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Lorne Lanning explains why latest Oddworld tells Xbox to go home
Abe's Oddysee: New N' Tasty is coming to the Wii U and PlayStation 4, but neither the Xbox 360 nor the Xbox One will get a lick of Abe's meat. Lorne Lanning's reasoning is simple -- Oddworld doesn't sell out, and an indie has...

A glimpse into the future of Oddworld

Mar 14 // Fraser Brown
It was a remake of Abe's Exoddus, in my humble opinion the greatest game in the series, that got folks' juices flowing the heaviest, followed by a brand new game, then the unfinished titles. "We were a little surprised that Squeek’s Oddysee wasn’t higher up the result," Gilray confessed. "We knew Exoddus would be pretty high up there, but to see it where it ended up was nice." It turns out that the studio has a lot to work with, as the original Hand of Odd design document is in their possession, along with a working version of Fangus for the original Xbox. They've also got the source code for both of Abe's adventures. "We’ve got the source code to both Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus. However, [we] don’t have final PSone code for Oddysee, and no PC code, but we have final PC code for Exoddus, and no PSone code. So we’ve got a mix," Gilray revealed.  So it looked like Exoddus is the next step, but Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning, the series' creator has plenty of "crazy ideas," and with complete control over the IP, the two studios could really take the franchise in any direction. It's exciting stuff, to be sure. Check out the full interview for more information on the remake and the future of Oddworld. What's next for Oddworld? Just Add Water speaks [VG24/7]
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Remakes, new games, and unfinished projects
With Abe's Oddysee New 'N' Tasty, the remake of the classic Oddworld title coming out later this year, Just Add Water reveals what's next for the rejuvenated franchise. Remakes, games brought back from the dead, and...

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Oddworld on PS4?

Oddworld developer announces PS4 title

Expect high definition farts
Feb 20
// Allistair Pinsof
Oddworld series developer Just Add Water is working on an untitled PS4 game, according to an announcement on the developer's blog. "By now you’ll have eagerly lapped up all the information from the Sony PlayStation anno...
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Oddworld presses on

Just Add Water poll asks what you want next for Oddworld

Studio seeks fan input
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
It's been terrific seeing Just Add Water carry the Oddworld franchise into the future. With a pair of HD re-releases under its belt and the upcoming Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty currently well into production, the England-ba...

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD gets PS Vita release date

It's been a while
Dec 02
// Harry Monogenis
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD for the PlayStation Vita now has, after being delayed several times, a definite release date. Revealed on Just Add Water's Twitter page, Stranger's Wrath HD for the Vita will be launching on Dece...

First footage of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty

Oct 01
// Jordan Devore
As determined by you, the fans, Just Add Water's remake has been named Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty. If it's been a while since you've played or even seen the 1997 original, you ought to take a look to get a real ...

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath finally goes HD on Steam

Sep 14
// Jordan Devore
I picked up Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath long ago during a Steam sale and didn't bother to play more than ten minutes knowing that, one day, the HD visuals of the PlayStation Network re-release would make it to PC as well. Gran...

First screen reveals what Abe's Oddysee HD looks like

Aug 09
// Jim Sterling
Oddworld Inhabitants has revealed the first ever screenshot of the revamped Abe's Oddysee. The high definition iteration is boasting all-new graphics rather than upscaled visuals, as you can see from the more "realistic" Abe ...

Suggest a name for the Abe's Oddysee HD remake!

Aug 03
// Jim Sterling
Just Add Water is looking for help in renaming the Abe's Oddysee remake that it has cooking. Originally titled Abe's Oddysee HD, the studio felt the name too bland and unrepresentative of the fact that this is a ful...

360 version of Stranger's Wrath HD could still happen

Jun 22
// Jordan Devore
Will Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD ever find its way to Xbox 360? I had given up hope, but it sounds as if it's not completely ruled out. Speaking to VG247, Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray explained that while the studio ha...

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