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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th

Stewart Gilray's Avatar Posted by CEO, Just Add Water

Hey everyone, it’s that time AT LAST! I wanted to first thank you all for your patience, it’s been a long wait, but at the same time it’s been even longer for us. We’ve been working on Stranger’s Wrath, one way or another for around 15 months now. From the initial discussions, to actually starting work on the project true, to then getting it done!

As most of you may know we originally planned to release the game around Easter, to be able to do that we were to have started full development in September last year, but as it transpired, we didn’t actually start until April 2011, which gave us our hoped late Summer release; but we ended up spending another couple of months on it, so here we are DONE AND DUSTED for release.

As such I’m extremely pleased to announce that Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD will release on December 27th in North America for $14.99. And we will be releasing worldwide! (all stores, except for the Far East/Russia/Ukraine and Portugal at this time).

We had planned on shipping with support for stereoscopic 3D and PlayStation Move and a few other little things, due to time limits we are not able to bring those features in this initial version. However we WILL be bringing them in an update in a couple months’ time, along with some other little extras we’ve got planned.

One of things we’ve been asked a lot over the past few months is if Stranger’s Wrath HD has a Platinum trophy, of course it does. This is a big game and can easily take at least 12+hrs to complete.

So what’s been updated in the HD version …

Characters

  • All 84 character models have been updated with increased polygon counts and higher resolution textures.
  • Wolvark Sloghandlers now release Slogs instead of Slegs.
  • Professor Dimble now has glasses and an academic tome.
  • New female voices have been recorded for two characters.
  • Made Blisterz Booty unkillable.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th

Original Version (top) HD Version (bottom)


Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th

Original Version (top) HD Version (bottom)

Environments

  • All environments have been given higher resolution textures.
  • Most vegetation has been updated with increased polygon counts and/or higher resolution textures.
  • A lot of environment now reflects in water where it didn’t before.
  • Many, many pipes and barrels were rounded.
  • New Easter Eggs added to the game.
  • Added Blisterz Booty’s broken crud gun to the floor by his bola’d body.
  • Sekto’s Office has been changed to more closely resemble than seen in the FMV.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th

Original Version (top) HD Version (bottom)

Audio

  • All game audio (voice, sound effects and music) have been upgraded to 16-bit 44KHz from 8-bit 11KHz or less!
  • Support for 5.1, Dolby Digitial and DTS.

Display

  • Everything now runs at 720p, 60 FPS, and in widescreen.
  • All menus have been updated with a new design based on original unused concepts.
  • New posters now occupy the inventory menu when no bounty is accepted.

Difficulty

  • All armour upgrades now actually increase Stranger’s health.
  • Added difficulty levels to the game: Easy, Medium and Hard.
  • In Easy mode:
    • Stranger has twice the health
    • Enemies have half the health and stamina
    • Enemies’ stamina recovers half as fast
  • In Normal Mode:
    • Stranger’s health and armour for later in the game have been re-balanced.
  • In Hard mode:
    • Stranger has a third less health.
    • Enemies stamina recovers a third quicker.

Unlockables

  • 37 Trophies: 23 bronze, 8 silver, 5 gold, 1 platinum
  • 37 pieces of unlockable concept art
  • Five unlockable movies

Once again, thanks for waiting as long as you have, we certainly hope you’ll enjoy the game, and if the review scores we’re starting to get in are anything to go by, you will!

Happy holidays everyone!

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ZAANOS said:

December 7th, 6:02 pm

The only game on the original XBOX I wanted to play. I surely appreciate you taking the time to HD it. Day One for me.

MrGamerz123 said:

December 7th, 7:10 pm

Why can’t Socom get an HD makeover? It will make just as good of a remake as any other game. Vote yes for Socom 1 HD at http://www.TheRealSocom.com/vote and help make this remake a reality! BTW this game also looks good, and the excellent visual upgrade definetly caught my attention! Unlike Capcom’s lazy attemp at “HD” with RE4. It downright pisses me off that Capcom thinks they can just give their loyal fans the bare-minimum and expect to get away with it. While other companies (such as Just Add Water) work their [DELETED] off to release quality experiences to their fans, but Capcom on the other hand just sits back and milks off of the success of their previous games, just like what they did with Marvel vs Capcom 3. The game was completely bare-bones and contained only the bare-minimum of what fans expected. Capcom you used to be cool>:(

Digital-Big-Boss said:

December 7th, 7:32 pm

great job, I’m asking for a 20 dollar PSN card for Christmas.

Morgonzo said:

December 7th, 7:37 pm

This makes me so happy I could cry. I loved this game and have been craving a return to Oddworld.

Outstanding!!! Thanks to all involved.

And to anyone who hasn’t stepped into Stranger’s shoes yet… you are in for a real treat.

-M!

Morgonzo said:

December 7th, 8:00 pm

To all the folks that wanna play this game on the PSVita….

I can see how you might crave one of the Oddworld platformers in a compact format. But you owe it to yourselves to experience Stranger’s epic adventure in in full widescreen hangin’ on your wall HDTV.

I mean look at all the love they’re giving this game and 3D sometime in the future…drooolll.

I’m not convinced you can translate that onto a small screen.

Hooligantuan said:

December 7th, 8:18 pm

37?

In a row?

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    Stewart Gilray said:

    December 8th, 3:06 am

    In a row? ah you mean Progress trophies, no not all are progress, perhaps 20 of them are.

Da-bone-man said:

December 7th, 8:45 pm

@ Comment 21.
First of all we can assume that this is no new game + considering the reaction.
Secondly, New Game + has become fairly common in RPG like games, it is when, after a player has beaten the game, he is given the option to restart the game, however, when the player restarts he will retain all of his items and progress from the previous game, but, all of the enemies and challenges will have increased in difficulty significantly. Hop this helped:)

gothicknight67 said:

December 7th, 11:28 pm

Alright Oddworld has always been a favorite,played them all cant cant wait, Lorne and sherry where and always been faves plzz make new installments

gothicknight67 said:

December 7th, 11:30 pm

Is this for ps3 and vista

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Stewart Gilray said:

December 8th, 3:05 am

For those asking about “new game+” we’d not heard that phrase here in our UK offices we call it “Extra game” here…

With Stranger, it’s not possible to do that type of feature, I can’t tell you why, but it will become apparent when you play the game ;)

dimy93 said:

December 8th, 3:07 am

As soon as this hit Vita’s PSN I’ll buy it!!!
I haven’t actually played previous installments of the game but the graphics and the idea of the game are sick.
Also it’s one of the first good adventures for the Vita and this is my favourite type of game

EggySong85 said:

December 8th, 5:31 am

The Move/3D update in a few months already has me really excited, but I also really, really hope one of those “extras” mentioned for the update is Vita cross-compatibility! ;) ;) ;). Having the ability to transfer my save and take the game with me to my girlfriends house on the weekends would be spectacular! I get my Vita in less than 2 weeks!!! I haven’t felt this excited for a new system for a long time.

brake_me_down said:

December 8th, 4:48 pm

for Stewart Gilray: you say the game have french and spanish subtitles… have the game italian subtitles?

murphdawg1 said:

December 9th, 7:30 am

Oddworld really? Socom 2 HD is the #1 requested remake on the blogshare and games like Oddworld(which probably wasn’t even top 10) get a remake before Socom does? Come on Sony you can do better than this.

Welmosca said:

December 9th, 9:49 am

First Person=NO Buy…come on we Want the old oddworld’s I mean the real oddworld’s

Inuyasha810 said:

December 11th, 10:31 pm

I am so buying this the day it comes out. I can’t believe how amazing the graphical improvements are. I have been super psyched about getting this game as soon as I first heard news of it. This was pretty much the one game I missed out on because I didn’t have an Xbox that I always wanted to play.

Fenrix9 said:

December 13th, 4:04 pm

@ 65: “we” should be used a little more carefully than the way you used it. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. Trolls are lame.

This is gonna be so GREAT! This was definitely my favorite game for the original Xbox, I used to play it very often when I went over to my cousin’s (it was his system). This is a really cool thing you guys are doing, and you’re doing it well. I may have to consider buying a Vita, I’m hearing and seeing good things about it.

My only concerns are the controls (which I’m sure will be fine) and the file size. Is it possible for you to release the size of the file, Stewart?

Fenrix9 said:

December 18th, 9:06 am

Hey, woah, just noticed something. In the images showing Stranger’s crossbow with the Thudslugs and the Zapflies, the low-res shot shows an infinite amount of Zapflies but the high-res shot show only 8. Are the Zapflies no longer infinite?

SOCOM_1_LOVER said:

December 21st, 4:14 am

MAKE A SOCOM TRILOGY in HD for the love of god!!!!!!!

Khadyne said:

December 23rd, 7:30 pm

FINALLY!!!!!! I can’t stress enough how happy I am that this game is here, this is the game that got me into gaming five years ago, I was watching my husband playing it and totally love it, and also into studying Game Design at college. I can’t wait for Dec 27, the changes are amazing, everything looks perfect. I even got the PS3 just because this game was going to be only here, sorry for the Xbox360 folks that want to play this game too, but well I have got fun from PS3 too playing Dark Soul.
Great Job to the team, Fantastic!!!

Khadyne said:

December 23rd, 7:33 pm

I don’t know why somebody above is surprised that the game is in first person, I remember the game having both first and third person shooter, anyway.

beansmyname said:

December 27th, 2:58 pm

OMG! This is hands-down my favorite game of all time. Oddworld Inhabitants put everything together in one nice package: Gameplay, graphics, sound design, music and story. I’m skeptical of HD remakes in general since most just turn out to be “now it doesn’t look crappy on your TV when scaled up,” but seeing what JAW has done with this is inspiring.

If only all HD remakes had this much care and attention put into them. Going to grab it right now!

Dr_Gamma said:

December 31st, 4:47 am

This is one of my favorite games of all time, and I’m looking forward to it.

…but why hasn’t it come out in Portugal yet? I bought PSN points just to buy it, and now I find out that it’s not even out. What’s the issue, and how soon can we expect it?

D-Squad3 said:

January 1st, 7:26 am

I’m getting this really soon, please keep it PSN exclusive. And I can’t wait for the Move support!

DarktaxFA said:

January 2nd, 2:26 pm

i cant wait for this game to come out for the vita would really like to know how big file size its gonna be and can you buy it in store so you don’t need to download it

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