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This holiday season just got a little more Odd(Boxx)

Posted by: Chad at 12/6/2010 11:17 AM
Here is the news that I've been anxiously awaiting for more than a year: the Oddboxx is going to be released this holiday season.  What's an Oddboxx, you ask?  It's only four of the Oddworld games, two of which have never been released on PC.
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
It's scheduled for release "this Holiday season" so look for it on Steam in the next few weeks.  The only questions remaining are:
  • How much will it cost (what's reasonable)?
  • Will the Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath be the HD remake that's also coming to the PS3?


ODDWORLD INHABITANTS’ ODDBOXX FINALLY OPENS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, FOR PC OWNERS VIA STEAM.

LOS ANGELES, U.S.A – December 6th, 2010


Oddworld Inhabitants is pleased to announce that its critically-acclaimed, award-winning classics, Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath will be available for PC owners, through Steam in one generous downloadable package, this 2010 Holiday season.

Spanning thirteen years of one-of-a-kind gaming experiences, this package aims to give fans old and new an affordable and convenient way to enjoy these games once again, with a few new additions and enhancements, to be announced in the run-up to its release date.

The games featured in the Oddboxx are as follows:

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, 1997 – The first Oddworld Inhabitants release that introduced loveable Mudokon factory-slave Abe to the world. Abe, an exploited factory worker, discovers a dark secret about his missing co-workers and learns that he must overturn his greedy corporate captors, to save his enslaved brothers and himself. This platform puzzle game classic introduced the much-lauded gamespeak innovation and unparalleled CG quality visuals that helped it achieve an 85% metacritic rating.

Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, 1998 – The bonus sequel to Abe’s Oddysee that was not part of the Quintology, but gave Oddworld Inhabitants an opportunity to improve on the gameplay of Oddysee, while also adding depth to Abe’s tale within Oddworld. The critics agreed that OI had succeeded in its aims, evident by its 88% metacritic rating.

And released to PC platforms for the FIRST TIME…

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, 2001 – The second game in the Oddworld Quintology was also the first Oddworld game in full 3D. Munch is one of last ‘Gabbits’; a race endangered by the activities of the nefarious Vykkers Laboratory. With the help of Abe, hero of the previous Exoddus and Oddysee games, Munch leads the quest save to his kind from extinction, in this mix of adventure, strategy, puzzle and platform gameplay. The game achieved a Metacritic average of 80%.

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 catching criminals for moolah, is attempting to conceal a secret that if revealed, could endanger his life. The first full-on action title in the series, mixing 3rd and 1st person combat / 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 game wide player accessibility without ‘dumbing the game down’. The game also debuted a ‘live ammo’ concept where the ammunition was made of living creatures, and had to be caught for the player to use. The game was globally very well-received, achieving a Metacritic of 88%.

More details and partners will be announced in the running up to the Oddboxx’s release. Stay tuned…

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.

AWARDS
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Awards
2006 - Best of the Best Award – “Coups de coeur” Xbox Mag France
2006 - Best of IGN : Xbox – Most Innovative Design, Runner-up
2006 - Gamespot - Best Graphics, Artistic, Finalist
2006 - smh.com.au - Best 50 Games Ever
2005 - G4Phoria Awards - Best Cinematics and “Best Character” – Nominations
2005 - jeuxvideo - Must buy for Xmas list

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee Awards
2002 - Xbox IGN - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Story of 2001
2002 - Xbox IGN - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Graphics of 2001
2002 - Xbox IGN - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Sound of 2001
2002 - PLAY - No.1, Best Characters
2002 - OXM - Xbox Elite Award for Excellence
2002 - Edge UK - Best in Show Xbox Games, E3 2001
2002 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Best Xbox Game -E3 2002 Review

Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus Awards
1999 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - The EGM Slick 50 List, Nominee, Console Adventure Game of the Year
1999 - E3 Best of Show - Winners List
1998 - Game Informer, “Top 25 PSX Games Ever” List
1998 - GameFan - E3 Top Ten Games
1998 - GamePro - E3 Showstopper

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Awards
1998 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Best Voice Acting Award
1997 - World Animation Festival - Best Director CD ROM/Game Platform
1997 - Multimedia Wire - Wire Award for Games
1997 - Video Game Approval - Parent’s Choice Foundation
1997 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Silver Review Award
1997 - Escape UK - Console Game of the Month-Nov.