The long dormant Oddworld saga is about to be revived by Gravity Crash developers Just Add Water. The studio has been working closely with series originators Oddworld Inhabitants to deliver “multiple projects, across multiple platforms”. It sounds ambitious. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t amount to HD remakes of the first two games (multiple projects) for XBLA and PSN (multiple platforms). At this stage, no further details are available.
The series kicked off in 1997 with Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey, a visually stunning 2D platformer for the original PlayStation. It established the darkly comic and yet socially conscious template for which the series is known. The original game commenced with Abe discovering that the key ingredient in his favourite burger had been farmed to the point of extinction. Worse yet, Abe’s own species had been identified as a suitable replacement.
Subsequent titles touched on issues such as slavery, racism and medical ethics. The most recent release was 2005’s Xbox exclusive Stranger’s Wrath, a bizarre western themed first person shooter in which teeny critters were employed as ammunition. Rumours have since circulated that Oddworld Inhabitants were developing a game to be known as Citizen Siege. Whether this project is in any way connected to the Just Add Water announcement remains to be seen.