For decades, the Oddworld series has been one of gaming’s most beloved cult series, and after a series of rereleases including 2014’s remake Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty!, developer Oddworld Inhabitants is back at it again with a new entry that will reimagine some of the series’ events.
Oddworld Inhabitants has announced a new title called Oddworld: Soulstorm, which will bring “a fresh narrative” that is “inspired by our original tale,” indicating it will be some sort of reimagining of the first two titles in the series, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus.
In addition to the new take on the series and “a big visual and cinematic leap aiming to break new ground for Oddworld,” a newly-launched teaser website for the game also promises “intelligent new mechanics, twisted new devices” for “highly explosive deviousness” and “an epic tale of a volatile society pushed to its limits.”
Series creator Lorne Lanning added in a press release that “there was a deeper, darker, and more sinister story that we never got to tell” from the series previous installments, with Lanning adding that “Soulstorm gives us the opportunity to flesh out more meat on the bones of an original spine, but re-tell the fable from a very different angle.” Lanning also explained that compared to the previous games, “Soulstorm is going to be a much heavier trip for [Abe].”
The teaser page for Soulstorm urges users to follow and like the studio on Facebook and Twitter, and after a certain number of new followers viewers will get to see what appears to be a redesign of Abe. The page also includes a newsletter subscription for more info on the game, and 100 random subscribers will be given a free copy of Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty!.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is currently in development and expected to release in late 2017.