Just Add Water's Oddworld plans have expanded to include what CEO Stewart Gilray calls a "from-the-ground-up remake" for the series' first game, Oddworld: Abe's Odysee, VG247 reports. We first heard that the developer was working with series creator Lorne Lanning on multiple Oddworld projects spanning multiple platforms in July 2010, a collaboration that has already resulted in a PS3 version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and a PC release of the full Oddworld collection.
We already knew that a remastered version of the first game would be followed at some point by a proper new entry in the series, but Gilray's comments paint a fresh picture of the remake's scope. “We are re-making Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, however we didn’t want the impression to be that we were just doing a port of the PSone title with higher res art,” he said. “We are starting from scratch on this one, using the original as the blueprint for the game. So technically it’s not a new game, but a from-the-ground-up remake.”
Gilray's statements came after a posting on the Oddworld Inhabitants Facebook page offered an update on the project's status. "OK, so here’s the skinny on Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee We decided to reboot it, not just an HD update to the original PSone title, this is a new game," the update reads. "It will be getting it’s first public showing later this year, with a release date of next summer (2013)."
You can also head over to the Facebook page to check out a new crop of photos from E3 2012 covering some of the other Oddworld development work that is currently underway. The updated gallery offers new looks at the Vita versions of Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Odysee as well as Munch HD on PlayStation 3.