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Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus remake in 'planning' stages, says series creator

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Following the success of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'n Tasty, Oddworld Inhabitants is now planning a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, said studio head Lorne Lanning yesterday in an interview with Kinda Funny Games.

"That's the next logical one to go into production," said Lanning. "So we're planning that now."

New 'n Tasty, a remake of the 1997 side-scrolling platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, was released last July on PlayStation 4 and this past February on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Oddworld Inhabitants and developer Just Add Water have sold 2.4 million units of New 'n Tasty, according to Lanning, with many of the copies coming as free PlayStation Plus downloads last month.

Lanning said the developers are again planning to let the fans vote on the subtitle for the remake of Abe's Exoddus, a game that was originally released in 1998 on PlayStation and PC. If that remake is successful as well, Lanning told Kinda Funny, then the developers can start to think of making new Oddworld titles.

"Once we do that, then I think we're in a position where we can actually afford new, triple-A-class content from Oddworld IP," said Lanning. "I have to figure out a way to deliver a smaller portion to the audience earlier — which is really sort of the newer models, anyway — and make sure it's as good as the quality that they're expecting."

Aside from Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus, the Oddworld series contains the Xbox games Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (2001) and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (2005).

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