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Waaaay back in the mid-90’s, the world was introduced to a bizarre, plucky and utterly unlikely hero in the original PlayStation classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Well, now Abe is set to make a triumphant return to home consoles as the world prepares for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, an HD-ified version of the cult favorite game heading to Sony consoles. And, yay, there’s a new story trailer to enjoy!
Being developed by Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water, New ‘n’ Tasty will mark the world’s first return to this bizarre little planet in quite a number of year. The original game was followed up by a PSone sequel, Abe’s Exodus, with the original XBOX getting the third and fourth games in the series, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath. Both of those last two games have received updates on modern consoles, but New ‘n’ Tasty will take us right back to the series’ roots with the first tale ever told in the legendary Oddworld.
“New ‘n’ Tasty is a nostalgialicious remake of our first Oddworld game, built from the ground up for PlayStation platforms, with brand new next-gen technology,” said Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray in the new trailer’s official announcement. “Over the last 12 months since we last showed New ‘n’ Tasty, we’ve been had at work bringing the game to life, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing in spring 2014 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.”
No word yet on whether or not New ‘n’ Tasty will be a cross-buy title, but it’s sure to be a great platforming puzzle game no matter which platform you decide to snag it for. When the original game came out back in the 90’s, I spent entire days playing Abe’s Oddysee with friends, passing the controller back and forth each time we died (which happened a whole bunch in glorious, hilarious fashion).
I actually replayed the original game just a little while back since it’s currently available as a PlayStation Classic on PSN, and I’m happy to report that it absolutely holds up. So much so, in fact, I’m looking forward to diving in yet again just to see how much better the game looks running on a modern engine. It was ahead of its time in the graphics department back in the day and, based on the above trailer, the New ‘n’ Tasty edition looks just as lovely.
And for those of you in the market for a brief blast from the past, here’s a look at the original trailer for Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, beaming to you from the mystical year of 1997.