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Will Oddworld creator make another game?


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Legendary Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning hasn't directly been involved in the development of a video game since 2005 Xbox exclusive Stranger's Wrath.

After the game's launch Lanning shuttered his development studio and relocated to the San Francisco Bay area to focus on television and film.

Will he ever make another game?

"We're looking at this all the time," he told Eurogamer.

"They way I'm looking now is, how do I turn YouTube and Facebook into one game? That's the game-ified thing I'm focused on right now. If we figure that out, and I think we have, then it's a game changer.

"If we're successful with that, which is the intent, then we'll have the money to finance and go back to the Oddworld we all know and love."

Lanning has commissioned Leeds developer Just Add Water to remake classic Oddworld games for release on multiple platforms.

Last year JAW released the Oddboxx on Steam, a collection including Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath for PC. It's due out on the PlayStation 3 as a PlayStation Network game at some point in the summer.

JAW is also working on a high definition remake of Munch's Oddysee, a RTS spin-off called Hand of Odd, and is contemplating creating a brand new Oddworld game.

But Lanning will direct neither game.

"Oddworld was a company that was started but never had an exit strategy," the California-based entrepreneur said. "It was about creating a universe that I cared about, that I loved, that I thought would have nutritious value for the world, that you could enjoy with a light heart, and also contemplate with a brain.

"It is very close to my heart.

"The reason we haven't done certain things with the property is because we didn't want to give up control to it, because we still have a lot of plans.

"But plans were made to be broken, in that you have to adjust to the shifting tides of what's occurring, and then you can figure out how best to come back to it.

"Am I going to make something again? Absolutely. The question is in what format, and what does that look like, and in what genre? That I'm not sure about. But there's a reason we still have Oddworld: it's because we love it."

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