For the second time, the original Oddworld game has been rejigged for modern machines, which might be an honest-to-goodness record. Sure, there have been re-imaginings of multiple series, but I can’t remember a game being officially
remade more than once. Can anyone confirm or disconfirm that for me? Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is so new and modern that the phrase “1080p” is in the press release, and the trailer below uses all those pixels to take the old (and still rather pretty platform) game and make it pixelerier.
EDIT – Stewart at Oddworld got in touch to disconfirm! He explains that New ‘n’ Tasty is the only remake of the original game. I was referring to the Oddboxx, which isn’t considered a remake as it’s still the original game.
Oddworld Inhabitants has a lot riding on this. They’ve calculated that 250,000 sales will be enough to guarantee Abe’s Exoddus the same treatment–with all the pixels given an individual makeover in the style they want–and 500,000 sales will guarantee a new Oddworld game is made. I also hear that following 1,000,000 sales, Lorne Lanning will fill a room with gold coins and swim around it Scrooge McDuck style.
It does look rather lovely, if a little bit brighter and more colourful than I remember the game being. But that might just be because I played it 15 years ago, and back then I was hunched over in a dust-filled room and squinting at a crappy portable television. In 2017, when I look back fondly on the remake to write about the 20th anniversary remake, I’ll probably be talking about the Oculus Rift while writing words directly onto the moon’s surface.