Lorne Lanning Officially Reveals Abe’s Oddysee HD Remake at Eurogamer Expo
The HD remake of the first game in the Oddworld franchise, Abe’s Oddysee, has been officially unveiled at Eurogamer Expo today by series creator Lorne Lanning and Stewart Gilray, of the title’s co-developer, Just Add Water. Called Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty!, the game is set for release on PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 as a downloadable title in fall 2013.
Interestingly, the high definition visuals aren’t the only change to the game. Gone are the “flip-screens” of the original game—where you would direct Abe to the edge of the screen and the whole screen would change to the next portion of the level. Instead, the camera is more dynamic, offering a more player-friendly view. Said Gilray about the camera:
“It gives you a better perspective of the graphics, so you can see more into that 3D world, and it also lets you see farther in front of you. So if you suddenly see a Slig patrolling and think, oh s**t, you can hammer on the brakes, slow down a bit and creep past him.
In the original game you looked through a screen flip and it was like, ah! You run away or you’re dead. You had to make your decision before you went through the screen flip in the original game. But with this, because you can see farther in front of you, you can make that change in your gameplay there and then without having to go, I’ve died, I have to go back to the check point and re-do it.”
The first Oddworld was one of my very favorite games growing up, so I have a feeling I’ll be grabbing this’un. I’d be very pleased if Sony decided to gift Vita owners with the game if it’s bought for the PS3, and vice versa, allowing me to keep playing Abe on the road. Man…that’d be great.