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The next Oddworld game is confirmed as an Xbox-only title

The rather twisted Oddworld series has proven to be one of the more successful platform games on the PC in recent years, with "Abe's Oddysey" and "Abe's Exoddus" both proving fairly popular on our beige boxes as well as appearing on Sony's PlayStation. Originally we had been expecting the latest installment, "Munch's Oddysee", to appear on the PlayStation 2, but Infogrames have now confirmed that it will instead be an Xbox-only title, with Microsoft picking up the publishing and distribution rights to the game.

Not only that, but Microsoft have signed developers Oddworld Inhabitants to produce no less than four titles in the series, all exclusive to the Xbox, with "Munch's Oddysee" due for the console's autumn 2001 launch. "Our goal with 'Munch's Oddysee' and future installments in the 'Quintology' has always been to create an immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of reality", Oddworld president Lorne Lanning is reported as saying. "Only Xbox gives us the graphical muscle and intense digital sound to unleash our creative juices and allow us to bring the imaginary world and rich characters of Oddworld to life."

Creative juices is certainly one thing that the wacky settings and characters of Oddworld have never been short of... For the full scoop, read the press release.