Travis, Floyd, Meryl, and Leo – the gang’s all here
Mother 4 is no longer Mother 4. The project has adopted a new name – it’s going by Oddity now – and it has severed its fan-game ties. While it might not be an on-brand sequel to Mother 3 as previously planned, Oddity is still a game made by people who cherish anything and everything Itoi.
We’re kicking off the new year in style with a re-reveal teaser trailer.
As someone who toyed with the idea of replaying EarthBound over the holiday break and didn’t but is now very much second-guessing that decision, I’m all about these seedy small-town-America vibes. It’s been five whole years since I last thought about Mother 4, but I’m no less excited in 2020.
As it now stands, Oddity is a “surreal quest full of oddball characters and serious challenge with lots of heart.” It’s set in the 1970s – an underused decade in video game storytelling that’s especially ripe in this context – and it stars a boy, his two pals, and a biker. Animals aren’t themselves. Kidnappings are on the rise. A secret society, the Modern Men, is up to no good. It’s dire out there.
Travis Fields wields a baseball bat, a pellet gun, and powers “he’s only now discovering,” all of which should be music to any Mother fan’s ears. I’m also stoked about the return of rhythm-based combat.
— COÌ¥MING SOON (@OddityRPG) January 2, 2020
Before you even ask, no, Oddity isn’t coming out soon.
“It’ll be out when it’s ready,” according to the creators. “Relax til then.”
I never, ever expected to start 2020 with this news. I hope production wraps up smoothly.