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Just Add Water has confirmed its HD reboot of the classic charming puzzle-platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee will get a downloadable release on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita. Now named Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty, it's coming in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The PC edition is due a bit after the console versions. Using the original as a loose blueprint, the "reimagining" is in shiny '2.5D' with new sounds and redesigned levels and all that jazz.
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is getting its own HD version, but fans will have to wait a little longer to play it. Developer Oddworld Inhabitants has announced that the game will get a full reboot rather than just some HD visuals, and as a result won't be out until next summer.
The developer announced the plans on its Facebook page (via GameInformer). It stresses that this will be a new game, to be shown off later this year. It later clarified that while this project is starting "from scratch," it's using the original game as a blueprint.
If you simply can't wait for more Oddworld, plenty more is on the way. Both the Vita version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD are targeting June releases.
With the HD remake of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath out of the way, developer Just Add Water can put the finishing touches on its next Oddworld game: Munch's Oddysee HD. Yes, it's another HD remake for PS3 and Vita--but you can expect it in the not-too-distant future. The developer recently tweeted that we can expect it in Q2, or just a few months from now.
In spite of being an Xbox launch exclusive, Microsoft apparently is not interested in having either of JAW's HD remakes on the Xbox 360. "Nothing is exclusive from Oddworld," the developer tweeted. "However MS do not want either game currently." The developer previously pointed to Xbox Live Arcade size limits as one of the restrictions preventing the game from receiving Microsoft's approval.
Once JAW is done wrapping up Munch's HD revival, it appears their next job is a return to the classic 2D gameplay of the original Oddworld games. Abe HD is "an Abe reboot in 2.5D," the developer tweeted. However, given the recent call for developers, it's likely that project is still far off.
The various Humble Bundles have gained attention for offering PC games to support charity and indie developers, but the idea is spreading. The Little Big Bunch now offers a pay-what-you-want set of five PC titles to benefit GamesAid, a UK children's charity. Distribution is being handled by GetGames.
The default amount starts at $10 with a 50/50 split between the charity and developers, but you can give as much as $100 or as little as free, if you're cheap. The site notes that there will be a small processing fee as well. You can grab the games for yourself on the Little Big Bunch site.
GamesAid primarily helps UK-based children's charities, with some support given to foreign charities for education, housing, health, and social welfare. It spreads the wealth among various small or mid-sized causes.
"It's basically Abe's Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer," said Lanning. "So the way Just Add Water wants to approach it, we thought was very smart; they are not trying to reinvent any wheels. It's like, 'Can we make that experience in a new engine, with new tech, in the old way?'"
This is slightly different from the previously announced development of Stranger's Wrath for PlayStation Network. Abe HD seems to be a full remake from the ground up, while Lanning says Stranger is "the same game, but being redone." A version of Stranger's Wrath for XBLA is also ready for release, but Lanning says the game keeps being rejected. It's possible this is due to the size limitations we heard about last year.