Oddworld Inhabitants, led by the legendary, limitless, luscious, Lorne Lanning, made a name for themselves when they released the deliciously strange and oddly disturbing Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee on the original PlayStation back in 1997. The game delivered a compelling mixture of unforgiving platforming set in a strange world where megacorporations have killed off a significant portion of the planet’s wildlife by turning them into mass-produced food products and have enslaved a once proud race of indigenous people to man their factories. Among these so-called Mudokon is Abe, a factory worker who discovers that his species is next on the menu and so begins his quest to free his people and put a stop to the gluttonous ways of the Glukkons.
Fast forward nearly two decades later and we have a full-blown series of games set in the Oddworld universe, two of which have been remastered for modern systems. Now, another title gets a do-over, one that seems to go far beyond the scope of the original title. This follow-up to the Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty remaster of the original will be called Oddworld: Soulstorm and while the press release doesn’t directly state that it’s a remaster, the story will sound familiar to those among us who have played Oddworld: Exoddus.
The story is as follows: After the events of the first game, Abe leads his freed brothers to a new place where they happen to come across a delicious drink that may have less than desirable after effects when drunk. While this seems oddly familiar, Oddworld Inhabitants have said that this story will be a completely new take on the Oddworld: Exoddus story with new twists and turns and more new lore to add to the compendium. According to the press release, the new game will have a “big visual and cinematic leap aiming to break new ground for Oddworld”. Sounds intriguing!
There is a teaser website you can go to to find out more tantalizing details while we patiently wait for more news on the next chapter in the Oddworld franchise. It looks like the game is scheduled to come out late next year, so it’s still quite a ways away.