Oddworld is a series of cinematic platforming videogames set on a fictional planet of the same name. The franchise is produced by Oddworld Inhabitants under the direction of Lorne Lanning. Many real world themes important to Lorne Lanning form the foundation for the series' storyline. Such themes include slavery, substance abuse, animal testing, spirituality, and the overarching theme of corporate cartels running and destroying the world around them purely for profit.
The Oddworld series has five main games (Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee, Stranger's Wrath and New 'n' Tasty) with a sixth (Soulstorm) in development which is due for release in 2020. There is also an art book, The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants: The First Ten Years 1994 - 2004, containing many of the series' artworks.
Original storyline Edit
The overall narrative in the Oddworld series mostly covers the conflict between the industrialists and the natives. The industrial species on Oddworld are only interested in making profits and in the process destroy much of the planet's nature. The natives are trying to protect the planet and their own species from dying to the industrialists' greedy ways.
The main storyline follows Abe, a Mudokon worker born into slave labor at the RuptureFarms meat processing plant. When the Glukkons have driven most of the natural wildlife to near extinction they decide that Mudokon meat is the next best way to drive up their profits. Abe overhears their plans and escapes the factory, but then finds out he is destined to save his species from slavery. After completing a set of ancient trials, giving him the power of the mythical Shrykull, Abe breaks back into RuptureFarms to save his fellow Mudokons and shut the factory down once and for all.
Published games Edit
Classic series (1997 - 2005) Edit
The original four games were developed in quick succession in the period between 1997 and 2005. After the problematic release of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Lorne Lanning decided to stop developing games until the development studio reopened in 2016.
Oddworld: Abe's OddyseeEdit
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Edit
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Edit
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Edit
Second series (2010 - present) Edit
After a five year hiatus and two failed movie projects Lorne Lanning announced in 2010 that a third party developer, Just Add Water Ltd., would be developing a full HD remake of Abe's Oddysee, officially rebooting Abe's original story. Oddworld Inhabitants reopened the doors of its own game development studio in 2016 in order to develop Oddworld: Soulstorm, a modern reimagining of Abe's Exoddus.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Edit
Oddworld: Soulstorm Edit
Canceled games Edit
- Oddworld: Munch's Exoddus was supposed to be a sequel to Munch's Oddysee, but presumably never even made it into proper development.
- Oddworld: Squeek's Oddysee was supposed to be a new chapter in the series, introducing Squeek as a new character after Munch's story arc was resolved.
- SligStorm, a game about an albino Slig needing to escape its birthing facility for fear of being killed. Oddworld's publishers at the time did not like the idea of a Slig as a main character.
- Hand of Odd, an RTS type game involving both factions of the Oddworld series.
- Oddworld: The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot was supposed to be a game revolving around a new character who was Shepard named Fangus Klot who was used in fighting in an arena in a darker part of Mudos.