FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles - Dec. 27, 2011 - It's time for gamers to scrape together "moolah" and step back into the boots of Stranger, the most fearsome bounty hunter in all of Oddworld. Just Add Water, developer of the hit retro arcade game, Gravity Crash, has completed production of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD in collaboration with Lorne Lanning, the original creator of the Oddworld franchise. The HD version of Stranger's Wrath is now available in native 720p resolution, running at 60 frames per second on the PlayStation®Network $14.99.
Stranger's Wrath follows the story of Stranger, a fearsome bounty hunter that captures outlaws to raise "moolah" for a mysterious surgical procedure. After encountering the backwater town of the Grubbs, Stranger discovers that there are a few too many secrets about the past and his future as a bounty hunter.
Just Add Water worked with Lorne Lanning to preserve every nuance of the original while making sure that the new game took full advantage of current generation hardware. The updates include:
- Gorgeous Characters - The game's 84 character models have all been beefed up with increased polygon counts and high resolution textures, including Stranger's unique "Live Ammo" system for fluid movement
- Beautiful Environments - All the game's locations feature upgraded, high resolution textures, along with reflective surfaces and textured vegetation
- Upgraded Audio - All in-game audio was up-sampled to 16-bit, 44kHz stereo, with support for 5.1 DTS/Dolby Digital surround sound
- Trophies - Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD has 37 trophies, including a Platinum
"The original Stranger's Wrath was very significant for us since it broke out of the traditional Oddworld mold and took us into the world of FPS. It was a tough labor of love for the original team," said Lorne Lanning, Co-Founder of Oddworld Inhabitants and creator of the Oddworld series of games. "Remaking the game with a polished look and new content while remaining true to the original was not an easy task, but Stewart and the team at JAW did an incredible job and delivered a great complement to the original team's creation. I'm looking forward to working with them on our future titles!"
"The Oddworld franchise represents one of the pinnacles of achievement in the canon of video games, and Stranger's Wrath is such a unique game that we felt it needed to be represented on the next-generation consoles," said Stewart Gilray, content director for Just Add Water. "We knew the only way to do justice to the original was to work with Lorne Lanning, one of Oddworld's original creators. Together, we've dug up some new concepts that were passed over for the 2005 original to give gamers an amazing Oddworld experience on the PlayStation 3."
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is available now for the PlayStation®3 for $14.99. For more information or to download press assets, please visit http://www.oddworld.com
About the original Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, 2005 - The fourth game from Oddworld Inhabitants, is also considered by many as one of the best Xbox games of all time. Stranger's Wrath, tells the tale of a bounty hunter who, while hunting down criminals, attempts to conceal a secret that, if revealed, could endanger his life. The first full-on action title in the series, mixing 3 rd and 1 st person-shooter gameplay, the game was set in the Wild West of Oddworld, far from the industrial lands that housed Abe and Munch's tales. The game adapted Oddworld's unique Gamespeak feature, using it more as a soft hint system to give the player subtle clues while preserving the hard-core gaming integrity. The game also debuted a 'live ammo' concept where the ammunition was made of living creatures, which the player had to capture in order to use. The game was globally well received, achieving a Metacritic rating of 88%.
About Oddworld Inhabitants
Formed in 1994 by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants is dedicated to creating the next generation of interactive entertainment.
Beginning with its debut products, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee® and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus®, Oddworld mixed a potent brew of Hollywood artistry with rock solid gameplay to produce experiences rich in emotionality, empathy and entertainment value. Combined sales of the company's first products are in excess of three million units and climbing. Both games have been a hit with established gamers and non-gamers alike: 18% of Europeans who purchased Abe's Exoddus were women.
Through Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee, Stranger's Wrath and the games yet to follow, Oddworld is introducing a collection of characters set in a common universe, sharing the highest standards of creativity, quality and unforgettable personality. More than actors in a play, the inhabitants of Oddworld are A.L.I.V.E.: Aware Lifeforms In Virtual Entertainment® with their own physical needs, emotional quirks and unforgettable personalities.
Our mission is simple: for Oddworld's Inhabitants to live in every home.
About Just Add Water
Based in West Yorkshire countryside, Just Add Water (Developments) Ltd. is a collective of veteran game developers specializing in download-only games, since 2006. With over 100 years' collective game development experience spread among the core team, JAW's key personnel have worked on over 50 game titles over the past 20 years including:
Power Monger, Pinball Fantasies, Spec Ops: Ranger Elite, Soldier of Fortune, Dune 2000, and Gravity Crash to name but a few.
Stewart Gilray heads the company, having worked in the business since the 1980s. Stewart's drive for creating JAW was and still is to facilitate building the games he and his team want to play. Recently JAW became the exclusive developers for titles based upon the Oddworld bran
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