A couple years ago, fans of the legendary Oddworld game series got excited when Maxis co-founder Jeff Braun said he was involved with a new Oddworld game that featured a 3D animation system that will "look as good as a CG movie." Sadly, we may have to wait awhile for this title; according to Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning, a fifth game in the series is currently not the top priority for his company.
"There's a lot of things on the shelf right now," Lanning said when asked about the new game. "We had a few on the fire, and they're still on the shelf...there's a lot of shakeup going on [in the gaming industry] and in that turmoil, we didn't really want to put the Oddworld brand out there in the middle of it, so we're working on some other things that we'll be announcing shortly."
"We want to really aggressively experiment at this time, and we didn't want to really experiment aggressively with that brand," he added.
As for what Lanning plans to announce, he said, "What we're working on now is more of a platform issue, not an IP. I can't go into much more description than that."
It's not all bad news for fans of Oddworld, though. According to Lanning The Oddbox, a collection of all four of the Oddworld Xbox games, will be available on Steam for PCs in 2010.
I spoke to Lanning at the 3D Summit in Los Angeles yesterday, and promise to post the entire interview soon. Until then, how many other Oddworld fans are out there? Let us hear from you in the comments!