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Oddworld: Hand of Odd revival announced

A real time strategy spin-off of the Oddworld game franchise that was started and then abandoned is getting a revival. Eurogamer reports that developer Just Add Water is working with Oddworld Inhabitants on the game, titled Oddworld: Hand of Odd.

The game was first announced by Oddworld Inhabitants way back in 1998 but the game was canceled after a year of development. Just Add Water plans to use the original design document for Oddworld: Hand of Odd but will make its version in a more casual design direction. The game is still a ways off and won't be released until sometime in 2012.

More Oddworld games coming in 2011

Just Add Water, the UK-based development team in charge of adapting Oddworld Stranger's Wrath to the PC platform late in 2010, is getting ready to do some more work in the long time action-adventure game franchise. In a post on Just Add Water's official web site it announces that it is currently hiring for various positions in the company.

The site states that the people who will be hired will be "working on various Oddworld Inhabitants based projects with 4 to be released THIS year, and more coming over the next few years." It's likely that at least one, if not more of the new games will be for the PC platform.

[Via VG247.com]

Oddboxx games to be released on other PC game download sites week of March 7

The re-release of all four games in Oddworld Inhabitants' Oddworld series last December has so far been restricted just to the Steam service. Today the Oddworld web site announced that starting the week of March 7 the four games ( Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee , Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus and the all new PC ports of Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath) will be released on other PC game download sites like Direct2Drive, Impulse, GamersGate and others.

During that week the Oddboxx games will also have a 50 percent price cut which includes the Steam releases. Finally two of the games will be getting some updates. Munch's Oddysee will add new achievements, widescreen support and more while Stranger's Wrath will add Xbox 360 controller support and other features.

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee to get graphical remake

Last December saw the release of the Oddboxx as all four games in the Oddworld action series, including the last two that were never released for the PC, finally were made available via download on Steam. Now the EGM Facebook page has posted up an except from an upcoming interview in its print magazine that reveals a full fledged graphical remake of the first Oddworld game, Abe's Oddysee, is in the works.

Details are scant at this phase but Oddworld Inhabitants' founder Lorne Lanning stated, "It's basically Abe's Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer." Developer Just Add Water, who converted Oddworld Stranger's Wrath to the PC, is handling the project which is being called Abe HD. There's no word yet on when it will be released nor on what platforms, although since Lanning has said in the past he's a big fan of Steam we would assume it will show up for the PC at some point.

[Via VG247.com]

New PC patch fixes performance issues with Oddworld Stranger's Wrath

Last December PC gamers finally got the chance to play Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, the last game in the Oddworld series from developer Oddworld Inhabitants. However players soon discovered that the port of the Xbox game, released as part of the Oddboxx collection of all four games in the series, had lots of performances and other bugs in its new PC version.

A few days ago, the development team in charge of the Stranger's Wrath port released a new update via Steam. The patch supposedly fixes some of the performance issues and bugs and adds a few new features such as a screen resolution selection, v-sync option and joystick selection to the game's launcher. It also adds customizable controls to the game, widescreen support and more. So if you have been on the fence on getting the PC version after all the previous bug reports, perhaps this new patch will help out with that decision.

Update on Oddboxx PC tech issues

The recent release of the PC ports of the Xbox action games Oddworld Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld Stranger's Wrath has been met with some tech issues, as we reported earlier this month. The official Oddworld web site has posted up word that the main issues with Munch's Oddysee with the game crashing early on has been fixed for most users.

The other issue is performance and speed while running Stranger's Wrath on an ATI Radeon card. The web site states, "We are working with ATI to discover the root cause of the issue, and will hopefully be able to update you all on this as soon as we can." In related news, a post on the Steam message board forums indicates that the development team is thinking about putting in the graphical improvements for the PS3 version of the game in a future update for the PC port.

[Thanks to Joystiq for that hookup]

Interview: We chat with one of the developers behind The Oddboxx

This week, PC gamers finally got a chance to play the final two games in Lorne Lanning and Oddworld Inhabitants' Oddworld action-adventure game series. Both the PC ports of Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath (first released on the original Xbox) joined the previously released Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus in a new collection called, appropriately enough, The Oddboxx.

While the PC ports of the two new games have had some tech issues after their release on Steam last Monday (the development teams are working to fix them ASAP) the fact that these two games have been brought to the PC after all this time is an achievement in itself. Big Download got Stewart Gilray of Just Add Water (who handled the Stranger's Wrath port) to give us some more info on how The Oddboxx got made.

Oddboxx owners finding tech issues; developers pledge fix

Yesterday Steam owners got a chance to purchase and download The Oddboxx, the new four game bundle pack of all the Oddworld games from developer Oddworld Inhabitants. However the Steam message boards are full of posts from frustrated Oddboxx owners who have experienced issues with playing the two games that are new to the PC platform, Oddworld; Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld Stranger's Wrath.

In response the Oddworld web site has posted up a response stating, "We had these games extensively tested and they both came back clean, so this has come as quite the shock to us. We ARE working on solving these problems THIS VERY SECOND, and hope to have a patch out to nail all these problems as soon as possible."

The Oddboxx gets individual prices for all four games

Oddworld Inhabitants' plan to release all four games in the Oddworld series under the Oddboxx bundle for the PC via download is still on. However let's say you already own the first two games in the series (Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus) that have been available to purchase and download for the PC. Wouldn't you want to just get the two games that are finally being ported to our platform (Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath) ?

Sure you would. Which is while in addition to the $24.99 pricing for the Oddboxx four game bundle you can get Munch's Oddysee seperately for $9.99 and Stranger's Wrath for $14.99 when the games are released sometime this "holiday". Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus will be priced seperately at $4.99 each, by the way.

Oddboxx bundle gets $24.99 price tag

Earlier this week Oddworld Inhabitants announced that the long awaited Oddboxx bundle of all four Oddworld games for the PC would be released sometime this holiday season. Today the developer revealed that the Oddboxx bundle of games ( Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus and the all new PC ports of Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath) will be priced at $24.99.

The bundle will be made available via download on several download sites including Steam, Direct2Drive, Impulse and Amazon.com. However the Steam versions will also add new Steam achievements to the Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath PC ports.

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