The Oddworld series has always been one to be incredibly unique and creative, if not always the best-selling games around. Yet, after 2005’s Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (recently ported to PS3 and PS Vita in 2011), the series has remained fairly quiet: luckily, that is soon about to change later this year.
With the announcement last year of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, a remake of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning spoke at this week’s GDC, mentioning in an interview that future installments (and remakes) of the series may be heavily influenced by sales of New ‘n’ Tasty.
Specifically, Lanning mentioned that sales of over 250,000 unit will ensure that a remake of the second game in the series, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, can happen, while development of a new original Oddworld title would require sales of at least 500,000 units before being considered. Lanning mentioned:
“If I’m doing a new Oddworld game, I’m not going to do it for $2 million. I might do it for five or six. People keep asking me, ‘Why don’t you Kickstart Oddworld? You could get at least $1 or $2 million.’ And I’m like ‘What would I do with a couple million on Kickstarter? On a new Oddworld title?’ Not much. I could redo Exoddus for a couple million. I could do that. But a new title, which means new characters doing new things and controls that are great — that’s where the real time and expenses come from.”
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will release for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2014.