Oddworld Inhabitants have just announced a new game, Oddworld: SoulStorm, promising “a tale of uprising and infiltration against the latest in soul-sucking consumer products” that will lead the player on a “dark, twisted trip into Abe’s heart and soul.”
This announcement is a big surprise for many. I’ve been a lifelong Oddworld fan, and even I had long given up hope on a new entry in the series.
For example, if you were to wander onto the Oddworld Wikipedia article (like this writer possibly did…) and scroll to the bottom of the page, you would be greeted with a plethora of unreleased titles.
Oddworld Inhabitants are keen to make more games set in the Oddworld universe, but things haven’t been panning out over the years. Stranger’s Wrath was released in 2005, and the only game that managed to get made since was New ‘n’ Tasty!, which was a “ground-up remake” of the original (and most popular) game in the series, Abe’s Oddysee.
Even their next game is another full-on remake (of Abe’s Exoddus), following the success of New ‘n’ Tasty!
It’s great to see that Oddworld Inhabitants are finally getting the opportunity to continue their franchise. Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus were certainly pinnacles of the cinematic platformer genre.
The only information we currently have on the SoulStorm is taken from a statement on their website:
Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up from Abe’s genesis and directly follows on from the overthrow of RuptureFarms and the liberation of his blighted workmates.
Having defeated Molluck The Glukkon, his former boss and RuptureFarms’ meanest inhabitant, Abe soon finds himself – along with 300 newly emancipated Mudokons – without food, water or a place to call home. Stranded alone in the desert, they find solace in a strange new brew – a delicious drink that has insidious ramifications for their newfound freedom.
“There was a deeper, darker, and more sinister story that we never got to tell,” explains series creator, Lorne Lanning. “Soulstorm gives us the opportunity to flesh out more meat on the bones of an original spine, but re-tell the fable from a very different angle.”
“Abe has a long way to go and plenty more adversity ahead. Soulstorm is going to be a much heavier trip for him.”
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