An El33t P33k at… Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, a from-the-ground-up remake of Abe’s OddyseeWritten by: / / 1 Comment
If you’re a fan of smart, good-looking platformers such as Limbo or Rayman Legends then Just Add Water’s upcoming remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC and Wii U should temporarily quell your hunger for this type of side-scroller.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – Story Trailer
What is Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty?
In 1997 Oddworld Inhabitants released a cinematic platformer for the PlayStation and PC called Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. The game was featured on a demo disc included with PlayStations sold at around this time and many players were introduced to the wonderfully unique universe of Oddworld in this way.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee enjoyed commercial and critical success, drawing praise for its inventive gameplay mechanics, impressive graphics and minimalist soundtrack. The game’s protagonist – the Mudokon slave Abe – was also popular among players and his perilous journey to escape the meat-processing plant RuptureFarms and free his people from enslavement was certainly an ambitious plot for a platformer back in 1997.
Due for release later this year, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a from-the-ground-up remake of Abe’s Oddysee featuring real-time 3D visuals, new cut-scenes and more ways to interact with Abe’s fellow Mudokons. The remake is being developed by Just Add Water who previously worked on HD remasters of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee.
In contrast to Abe’s Oddysee’s combination of pre-rendered backgrounds and sprite-based character models, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty features real-time 3D graphics running in the Unity engine. This means that the remake will feature far superior lighting to the original along with more realistic physics. Camera angles will also shift dynamically based on some of the footage and screenshots we’ve seen so far.
As mentioned previously, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will also feature new cut-scenes and new ways to interact with the creatures and Mudokons you’ll encounter over the course of your adventure. Just Add Water is also working hard to improve the game’s enemy AI which plays a crucial role in successfully clearing some of the later levels.
What’s the Potential?
Although many years have passed since I first played Abe’s Oddysee in the late nineties, it’s difficult to think of another platformer that combined so many elements so well and captured my interest and imagination like this game did. I think if this upcoming remake is executed well it will introduce a whole new generation of gamers to the delights of Oddworld and pave the way for a brand new entry in the series (something that Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has been wanting to do for a long time).
Another potential outcome of remaking Abe’s Oddysee is to introduce younger developers and designers to the game’s brilliant blend of story, action, puzzle solving and memory tests. The game remains a testament to just how many diverse mechanics you can pack into a side-scrolling platformer and the kind of compelling story you can use to weave everything together.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty Reminds Me Of…
… Rayman Legends. New ‘n’ Tasty’s varied backdrops and diverse gameplay mechanics are not dissimilar to what we saw in Ubisoft’s excellent platformer from last year.
… Limbo. There are a few puzzles in Limbo that reminded me very much of Abe’s Oddysee and the former game’s minimalist sound design also appears to owe a debt to the Oddworld series.
What I’m Excited About
- 5.) I’ve watched a gameplay trailer for New ‘n’ Tasty running in 1080p at sixty frames per second and so it goes without saying that I’m hyped to experience this type of fluid gameplay and high resolution for myself on PS4.
- 4.) I’m really looking forward to seeing how they’ve altered the original cut-scenes and if there are any new story elements to chew on.
- 3.) I’m expecting the new real-time lighting to add a lot of atmosphere to the game’s evocative locales.
- 2.) I’m eager to discover exactly how Abe’s interactions with his fellow Mudokons and other creatures have been expanded. How will this affect or change gameplay? I guess only time will tell…
- 1.) I’m a big fan of the original game’s music and sound effects so I’m going to be paying extra special attention to this aspect of New ‘n’ Tasty when it’s released to see what improvements or alterations (if any) have been made.
What I’m Concerned About
- 3.) I’ve played through the original game two or three times so I’m concerned that the remake will be too close to what I remember to provide a consistently entertaining experience.
- 2.) I’m a little worried that the new dynamic camera angles may prove annoying for those people who prefer the classic, side-on view. Hopefully this is something that players can choose for themselves.
- 1.) Some of our readers have expressed dismay at the game’s $29.99/€24.99 price point on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. While it supports Cross-Buy on PlayStation platforms, this is still quite a hefty asking price for a digital-only release considering that other titles in this category typically cost between $15 and $20.
My Personal Take
Everything I’ve seen of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty up to this point fills me with hope that this will be an outstanding remake that capitalises on the brilliance of Abe’s Oddysee. Hopefully every area of the game gets the care and attention to detail it deserves because the middle levels set in the wilderness are among my favourites.
Furthermore, I don’t foresee New ‘n’ Tasty suffering from many technical problems at release because Unity is a tried and tested engine that produces great results across all the platforms it’s optimised for.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will be released sometime later this year for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC and Wii U.