Oddworld Franchise to Stink Up Real-Time Strategy

Tom Goldman

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Oddworld Franchise to Stink Up Real-Time Strategy



The Oddworld series is moving into a new genre with the revived Oddworld: Hand of Odd.

Maybe it says something awful about me, but the primary aspect of the Oddworld games that really stuck in my mind was the use of flatulence as a gameplay mechanic. When I say the Oddworld franchise is set to "stink up" the real-time strategy genre, I mean it literally. Developer Just Add Water has revealed that the upcoming Oddworld: Hand of Odd will take the creatures from Oddworld and deposit them in an RTS.

Oddworld: Hand of Odd was first announced in 1998, but cancelled a year later. Just Add Water has been working on new Oddworld games that include HD versions of Abe's Oddysee [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103250-Oddworld-Strangers-Wrath-Moseys-Onto-PSN] as a revival of the franchise, and Hand of Odd has been added to the bunch.

Just Add Water managing director Stewart Gilray told Eurogamer that Hand of Odd will be in full 3D and feature gameplay similar to Command & Conquer [http://www.amazon.com/Command-Conquer-4-Tiberian-Twilight-Pc/dp/B002NIP6X8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304131421&sr=8-1] combined with the player-friendly mechanics that draw players into titles like Farmville. Players will presumably have control over battalions of Mudokons, Glukkons, Sligs, and other creatures.

The project is still in its early stages, but Just Add Water hopes to bring Hand of Odd to platforms like the iPad, PC, and Mac. The Xbox 360 and PS3 are off the table for now as Just Add Water doesn't feel their interfaces are intuitive enough. War via flatulence does require some precision, so it sounds like Just Add Water is making a smart decision for its customers.

Source: Eurogamer [http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-29-jaw-revives-oddword-hand-of-odd]

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FalloutJack

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Oops. I don't feel like buying it for PC. So much for Oddworld. Better luck next time, boys.
 

Tom Goldman

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Console gamers, don't depair. Just Add Water is providing us with yet another HD upgrade of a past Oddworld game. This time? Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. The game is only for Ps3 at this point, but hey, beats a kick in the nuts

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-29-oddworld-munchs-oddysee-hd-announced
 

Tom Goldman

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I smell a classic! *sniff*
Or maybe that's just the garbage truck across the street.
 

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A lost lonely Steef just wandered onto your battlefield looking for a place to fight. Will you ask your friends to find it a battle?
 

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OutrageousEmu said:
Console gamers, don't depair. Just Add Water is providing us with yet another HD upgrade of a past Oddworld game. This time? Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. The game is only for Ps3 at this point, but hey, beats a kick in the nuts

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-29-oddworld-munchs-oddysee-hd-announced
If you kept reading they are in talks with MS to do both games (Oddworld Munch oddysee and Starnger Wraith) on the 360 as well. They'll probably either up the 2GB of arcade games again to something like 25 or put it on Games on Demand. And MS better let them do it or by god they shall feel my wraith cause Oddworld is my FAVORITE series of all time. OF ALL TIME!
 

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In collaboration with the former Clover Studios: "Odd Hand"

Remaking the 1930's classic: "The Wizard of Odd"

I can keep this up all day.
 

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I never liked Munch's Oddysee. Never played the Stranger Wrath one.

Seriously making Oddworld an RTS is like making X-Com a generic shooter. Just doesn't fit what I want from the franchise.
 

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Outcast107 said:
OutrageousEmu said:
Console gamers, don't depair. Just Add Water is providing us with yet another HD upgrade of a past Oddworld game. This time? Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. The game is only for Ps3 at this point, but hey, beats a kick in the nuts

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-29-oddworld-munchs-oddysee-hd-announced
If you kept reading they are in talks with MS to do both games (Oddworld Munch oddysee and Starnger Wraith) on the 360 as well. They'll probably either up the 2GB of arcade games again to something like 25 or put it on Games on Demand. And MS better let them do it or by god they shall feel my wraith cause Oddworld is my FAVORITE series of all time. OF ALL TIME!
Hence why I said "at this point". As in, "while they theoretically might negotiate a situation with Micrsoft, at this point, if things continue as they are, its only for Ps3."
 

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AnythingOutstanding said:
In collaboration with the former Clover Studios: "Odd Hand"

Remaking the 1930's classic: "The Wizard of Odd"

I can keep this up all day.
Please don't.
 

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Oh wow, I remember hearing about this game YEARS ago and assuming it was a fake. I guess not. Honestly, as much as I wish to see more Oddworld titles out there, an Oddworld RTS doesn't seem all that great. Not sure if want.
 

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I had both of them on the Xbox, and I'm still not sure about how I feel about them. They were interesting, but I don't actually remember them being fun. Maybe they were just a bit too out there for me.
 

Formica Archonis

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Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnd cue Music Instructor's "Get Freaky" running through my head for the next hour.

DAMN YOU STRANGE ODDWORLD TIE-INS!

 

Astoria

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Oooooh it's got my interest. I loved the first three games and haven't played the fourth but it sounds alright.
 

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i don't know how, but changing the formula of a storydriven game might not be the best thing to do. worst if the mechanics are simple...
 

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Formica Archonis said:
Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnd cue Music Instructor's "Get Freaky" running through my head for the next hour.

DAMN YOU STRANGE ODDWORLD TIE-INS!

ahahaha yeah i think this could work rts ey hmm.
 

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Orcus The Ultimate said:
i don't know how, but changing the formula of a storydriven game might not be the best thing to do. worst if the mechanics are simple...
Stranger's Wrath changed op the formula completely, and it was a great game. I've got faith in JAW.
 

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Oh Gods Yes! It's been so long that I thought Oddworld was gone forever but this gives me new hope // I've been a huge fan of these games for years& I hope this is just the first of many new Oddworld games

-M
 

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I have been moved by the spirit hand of Kane Abe

The Black Hand has arrived and woe to those who will not bow before the Hand of Nod Odd!

Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!

In the name of KANE! ABE! Abe lives in death! Rule of thumb Glukkon; You can't kill the messiah.

Brotherhood. we. are. WHOLE. AGAIN!

 

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So wait what happened to the OddBox!? I thought it was suppose to be out already. Dont get me wrong this "Hand of Odd" sounds like fun times but I want to FINALLY play "Strangers Wrath", I never had an X-Box.

I just looked and it seems to be out on Steam but what about 360?
 

Geo Da Sponge

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A new Oddworld game? Fuck Yeah!

Available on the iPad and sharing design elements with Farmville? Fuck no!
I am cautiously optimistic though.
 

jpoon

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So a dumbed down RTS on the level of fucking FarmShitville? Good lord, do devs not have the ability to make good games anymore?
 

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Trust in the developers. These guys are delivering something 'original'. A word RARELY used these days. An RTS can only be a good thing when they have already done FPS and platformer.
 

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-Drifter- said:
Orcus The Ultimate said:
i don't know how, but changing the formula of a storydriven game might not be the best thing to do. worst if the mechanics are simple...
Stranger's Wrath changed op the formula completely, and it was a great game. I've got faith in JAW.
exactly it still had a story, but with another focus on the gameworld.
 

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Personally, I'd rather prefer it if they did a Myst-style puzzle game. It just feels like it would fit more. But I've heard things about this years ago, back when I owned the little gray brick of awesome; the original Playstation and got most of my information from printed magazines.

Man, those were the days.

See kiddies, in my day, we didn't have no fancy-pants internets, we had to figure things out for ourselves! And when we couldn't figure them out, we paid for magazines and help lines to figure it out for us. We never had it easy like you do now, back then analogue sticks and Lara Croft's hair blowing in the wind were considered technical achievements on par with landing on the moon!

Now, get off my lawn, gawsh darn it!
 

Alar

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I'm a big fan of RTS games, so I might be interested in this!
 

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If I get to play as the Glukkon faction I will be very happy. Very happy indeed.
 

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HankMan said:
I smell a classic! *sniff*
Or maybe that's just the garbage truck across the street.
It depends if the nostalgia filter is on or off ;)
 

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Oddworld could work as a god RTS in the style of populous and Dungeon Keeper. Especially Dungeon Keeper, but I can't see a C&C type oddworld game...
 

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War via flatulence.... wow XDDDD

Just hearing that sounds epic enough. I do hope this turns out well, because I've been somewhat despaired ever since Oddworld Inhabitants closed its doors :{ Maybe we'll be getting that spiritual sequel to Stranger's Wrath after all :D
 

beema

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I dunno, when games have bad puns as their titles, it doesn't give me much hope for them.
 

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More and more it's becoming obvious to me that Just Add Water aren't interested in any new Oddworld IPs. Kinda ruins the point of Oddworld and asks why they left gaming in the first place if this is what they're doing. Lorne Lanning seemed incredibly passionate about new ideas, and being unhappy that the gaming landscape prevented him from doing something new any time he felt like it. Now that Oddworld are back in gaming, they're making two HD remakes and reviving an april fool's joke.

At least putting it on iPad gives Oddworld the chance to pull something interesting off. I'd be interested to see how something like this will play on that surface, but I'm not super psyched with Oddworld's return. Hopefully, all these remakes and whatnot are just a trial run to see if Oddworld's properties are still profitable, and JAW will let them experiment more in the future.