Oddworld Inhabitants and Frima Studio reveal Oddworld: Soulstorm, an upcoming addition to the Oddworld series that is expected to see release in 2017.
Although the 1990s saw the release of a huge number of iconic video games, the Oddworld series is often a dark horse for the most beloved franchise of the era. Both Abe’s Oddysee and follow-up Abe’s Exoddus have a special place in gaming history, finding a niche through enthralling gameplay, quirky humor, and a unique world. Now, it looks as though gamers are going to be able to revisit that world once more in the form of Oddworld: Soulstorm.
Named for a highly addictive drink in the Oddworld universe, as well as the working title of the original game in the franchise, news of the existence of Oddworld: Soulstorm was revealed by series’ developer Oddworld Inhabitants. The developer released a glut of information on the title via a new page on the official Oddworld website, along with a mysterious, low-res image of Abe himself. Promising to reveal more of the protagonist if more Twitter follows are received, it’s unlikely to be long before Abe is fully revealed.
The website also revealed that Oddworld Inhabitants is working on Oddworld: Soulstorm along with Canadian developer Frima Studio, and will take place directly after the events of 2014’s reboot Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Having overthrown RuptureFarms and freed a number of his workmates from the perils within, Abe and his fellow Mudokons are left stranded in the desert. Although they find solace in the titular Soulstorm Brew, the drink is set to have some serious ramifications for Abe and his people.
From the sounds of it, Soulstorm is going to delve even deeper into the darkly comedic themes that the Oddworld series is known for, with the franchise’s creators aiming to work on the story that they truly wanted to develop for the PlayStation classics. “There was a deeper, darker, and more sinister story that we never got to tell,” said Lorne Lanning, series creator. “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,” explained the creator, who suggested that the title will be a “much heavier” trip for Abe.
Although the title is going to be thematically similar to New ‘n’ Tasty, once more dealing with ideas such as consumerism, addiction, and environmentalism, it looks like there are going to be some surprises for fans of the franchise. “We think Oddworld fans are really going to dig what we’ve been brewing,” explained executive producer Bennie Terry. The producer continued to state that there will be some “great surprises in store this time around” that the studio is not expecting fans to predict, before concluding that Soulstorm will have “twice the twisted flavor” of previous Oddworld games.
As of yet, however, not much is known about this upcoming Oddworld game. At this moment, the team over at Oddworld Inhabitants has not confirmed what platforms the game will be released on, and with the game not due for release until the latter half of 2017 there will be a long wait in store for fans. However, given the huge success of New ‘n’ Tasty, hopefully Soulstorm will continue the successful reintroduction of the Oddworld franchise.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is expected to release in the second half of 2017.