Since Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty’s release on PlayStation 4 back in July developer Just Add Water has had a rough go at porting their game to other platforms. While they’ve optimized the PS4 version and added the “Alf’s Escape” mission pack they haven’t really been able to give word as to where they are on other releases and would like to let you, their loving fans that are eagerly waiting, know.
PC, Mac and Linux– The PC version of Oddworld has already been shown in full to the public. The only problem is that the game isn’t fully optimized yet so they have a couple more months before they plan to release the game. When it does release, however, there will be the standard graphics sliders, controller support, and rebindable keys. Oddworld will release on at least Steam. Other storefronts along with official specs will be announced later.
PlayStation 3 and PS Vita- Oddworld is host to an expansive world and that’s a problem for the PlayStation 3 and Vita’s RAM. Right now they have to break down some of the scrolling areas in the previous versions while at the same time making sure the game will still have great gameplay. They also aren’t happy with the visual effects, lighting, and animation of the game. Lastly, they want the game to run smooth on the PS3 at 720p and at the native resolution on the Vita, and that comes with its own set of problems.
Just Add Water wants you to rest assured that they are working as hard as they can to get Oddworld to the PlayStation Store as soon as possible, but they are a relatively small team. The work they get done has to be with a purpose and delicate as to not go over budget. More news on the progress on these two in the coming weeks and months.
Xbox One– Recently announced is the Xbox One version and unlike the others Just Add Water sees a relatively short window of development for it. Which makes sense it being a current-gen console and all. The game is still in the early stages of development, but will feature the same visuals and gameplay standards as the PlayStation 4 version.
Wii U– If you’re assuming this long status update was due the recent comments about their Wii U problems we’d assume along with you that you were right. That’s not the only problem though. The Wii U, PS3 and Vita versions will be using the same optimizations which is both good news and bad. Good, because that means by making headway on one system they’ll have made it on two more. Bad, because they still have to do it and as previously stated that’s been a challenge. There’s also the problem of Unity, the engine the game was developed in, not being supported on the Wii U. That’s kind of a fundamental flaw. Just Add Water is still committed to releasing on the Wii U and is doing their best to make that happen.
There is some good news as well amongst all the unfortunate development problems and that is that Munch’s Oddysee HD is in it’s final stages of quality assurance at Sony for the PlayStation Vita and that mobile will be seeing Stranger’s Wrath very soon.
While this all may seem as bad news for each console minus the PC and Xbox One ports it’s important to remember 1) this is a small team of developers 2) they are working their hardest to get this done and it means as much to them as it does you. Lorne Lanning really wants everyone to experience this game in it’s best quality on it’s respective console. You can expect more updates to come in the future when they get enough information to not be repeating themselves.