Earlier this week, Blizzard released a new map called Oasis on its PTR server. The new map, named Oasis, includes a busy road populated by drivers who are quite happy to mow people down without stopping.
Mario no that won't do at all.
The Unity engine-powered remake compared on PS3, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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Video game marketing is kind of a known formula. First you have your teaser, then comes the announcement, then a few gameplay reveals and pre-order incentives before launch day. With such a predictable cycle, it's easy to convince ourselves that we know how video game development works.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is coming to the Wii U eShop on 11th February in both Europe and North America, publisher Oddworld Inhabitants has announced.
Abe's Oddysee remake Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is available now on PlayStation Vita, following its earlier launches on PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One.
Not so much a remaster, but more of a full-on remake, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a completely new take on the fondly remembered PS1 puzzle-based platformer, Abe's Oddysee. Built up from scratch with brand new artwork and a modern 3D graphics engine, developer Just Add Water faithfully replicates the gameplay of the original release, while adding new features to better utilise the more modern hardware. Scrolling environments add new twists to old puzzles, while the use of 3D visuals allows for sweeping camera angles and additional details that further flesh out the world over what was possible on the first-gen PlayStation hardware.
The game was originally released last year on PS4 to much acclaim, earning the Eurogamer Recommended seal of approval, but Just Add Water hasn't stood still since then. New 'n' Tasty followed on PC and Mac, with the Xbox One release hitting at the end of March, while PlayStation 3 sneaked out last month. The key to the game's platform proliferation is the utilisation of the highly regarded Unity engine - and this is the first title that we're aware of that gives us the opportunity to see how the tech stacks up across console and computer. For the record, Just Add Water tells us that the game uses a customised version of Unity 4.3, incorporating a few enhancements from the 4.5 and 4.6 iterations of the tech. It's not the most recent iteration of the engine, but it does allow for the utilisation of deferred rendering, massively increasing the amount of light sources available in any given scene.
As promised, native 1080p is deployed across both PS4 and Xbox One, with anti-aliasing provided by a customised variant of FXAA, working well in smoothing off the presentation without too many side effects. The lack of complex sub-pixel imagery ensures that shimmering and jaggies are kept under control, while the light texture blurring properties of FXAA are actually fairly well suited to the style of the game, favouring softer imagery in the style of pre-rendered CG.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is out today on PS3 and it's free for those who own the PS4 version, even if they snagged it for free in last month's Instant Game Collection.
A remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is in its planning stage, series creator Lorne Lanning has revealed.
"We're planning that now," Lanning said in an interview with Kinda Funny Games.
"We're going to have the community name it," he added, noting that there will be a poll for its subtitle.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty arrives for Xbox One on 27th March 2015 via the console's ID@Xbox self-publishing program.
Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. announced the release date today alongside the game's price: £14.99/€19.99/$19.99.
New 'n' Tasty is a re-make of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, released back in 1997 on PlayStation 1 and PC.
UPDATE: Dishonored will be added to April's PlayStation Plus offering, Sony has revealed.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe had mentioned Arkane's well-received adventure in the run up to the announcement of March's PlayStation Plus offering, leading some to wonder whether it had been pulled at the last minute.
In a tweet SCEE confirmed it's now coming next month for PlayStation 3.
In her infinite wisdom, Cher once sang, "If I could turn back time, if I could find a way." Really makes you think. Mind you, the cruel and inexorable march of time is good for some things, like bringing us this bunch of video game remakes that, in one way or another, managed to surpass their progenitors. Who would have guessed back in 1998 that the one thing missing from Half Life was Paul and Barry Chuckle? Technically that's two things, but you get my meaning.
Just Add Water's remake of cult classic 1997 PlayStation puzzle platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee comes out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 3 in the coming months.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty co-developer Oddworld Inhabitants has updated its blog to inform us of the status of the various ports for its Abe's Oddysee remake. Sadly, no release dates were announced, but here's the skinny on each the version coming along:
The PC, Mac and Linux versions of New 'n' Tasty are largely playable - and have been showcased to the public as such - but still need a bit more spit and polish before they go out the door. "We're not quite finished with ensuring the game is fully optimised for all hardware, and have at least a couple of months left before release," the developer said, but it noted that there will be customisable graphic settings and there may even be a closed beta soon.
Next up are the PS3 and Vita versions, which Oddworld Inhabitants said have "proved to be something of a challenge."
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on PlayStation 4 has been updated with the addition of an old school controls option.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is out, and quite tasty it is too. Christian Donlan enjoyed romping through the sumptuous remake of a true classic, and had lots of lovely things to say about it.
I swear there's a new Oddworld game released every week - or, at least, a new version of an old classic in the series - but as with so much in life I'm definitely wrong. There is a new Oddworld game out this week, though, which is a remake of the very first game in Lorne Lanning's series.
HD remakes - even sumptuous all-new-asset reimaginings like Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! - are often doomed to a rather melancholic fate. For all the care and attention, there can be something perversely cruel about them. Beneath that warm familiarity and the sharp-edged dazzle, you see beloved games from the past rendered elderly, blinking and confused as they're bustled into the harsh light of the present day. Seriously, we used to do things like that? We used to think this was fun?
Price and availability
Oddworld Inhabitants has reduced the price of platform puzzle game Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty by a couple of quid ahead of its release next week.
Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has confirmed to Eurogamer that New 'n' Tasty is coming to Xbox One later this year.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty - the remake of the original 1997 Oddworld adventure, Abe's Oddysee - is set for a PS4 release on 23rd July in Europe and the previous day in North America, developer Just add Water revealed on Twitter.
Previously it was revealed that the game would cost £19.99 / €24.99 / $29.99 and would feature Cross-Buy support on PS4, PS3 and Vita. When asked whether New 'n' Tasty would simultaneously launch on the other Sony platforms, Just Add Water founder Stewart Gilray explained in a NeoGAF thread, "We're working hard to get [PS3 and Vita versions out] as close as possible to that date, if not that date."
New 'n' Tasty is also slated for an eventual release on Wii U, PC and Mac. Gilray noted that there would be "news soon on that."
Just Add Water has released a new trailer for upcoming puzzle platformer Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty and it's, well, a little different.
The video features footage of the game accompanied by the song Born to Love You, by Elodie Adams, an Australian musician and big Oddworld fan. It's a bit Evanescence.
In a post on the PlayStation blog, Just Add Water chief Stewart Gilray said he thought the song was a perfect fit "because it's in keeping with the theme of New 'n' Tasty and the story of Abe".
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the remake of the 1997 PlayStation adventure Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, will cost £19.99 / €24.99 / $29.99, publisher Oddworld Inhabitants has revealed.
Furthermore, it will be a Cross-Buy affair on PS4, PS3 and Vita, so buying it on one version unlocks it on the other two platforms. There's Cross-Save support too, so you can transfer progress to the Vita and back if you'd like to take it on the go.
The price isn't much of a shock as series creator Lorne Lanning suggested as much when I spoke to him at GDC last month. "This game will play better, look better, and you'll have more fun with for more hours of play than games you're paying $60 for," he boasted. "That's a promise. And I can say that with absolute confidence."
Just Add Water has released new gameplay footage showing off the latest version of the Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee remake it's been working on.
In the video, below, we get a good look at the graphical upgrade given to the 1997 cult classic PSone puzzle platformer.
The game is without a release date, but at the end of the latest trailer we're told the game is coming soon. Announced platforms are PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U .
Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning told Eurogamer today at GDC that he only needs to sell 250K copies of New 'n' Tasty to fund a remake of Abe's Exoddus, the next planned project in the series. Selling more will help fund an all new Oddworld game after that, and Lanning believes he can create this offering if New 'n' Tasty shifts half a million units.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty , Just Add Water's HD remake of Oddworld: Aby's Oddysee, is now set for spring on PS3, PS4 and Vita, the developer has announced.
Just Add Water has released nine new screenshots of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. There they are down there.
Microsoft's stunning U-turn on its controversial Xbox One policies has delighted gamers and retailers - but are developers and publishers just as happy?
Right now, as it stands, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! won't come out on Xbox 360 or Xbox One.