The publishing team at Oddworld Inhabitants apparently have big plans for Abe. Following the critical success of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!, development began on what the publisher is calling “the second game in the Oddworld Pentalogy.” They offered us our first look at this second game, as they’ve released the first Oddworld: Soulstorm trailer.
The Oddworld: Soulstorm trailer is our first look at gameplay from the title that’s described as Oddworld Inhabitants’ “complete story retake inspired by [their] original tale.” The project is poised to take the blueprint set by Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus and rejuvenate it with the design and mechanics drawn up with 2014’s New ‘n’ Tasty.
The publisher teases the plot, saying “Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up from where New ‘n’ Tasty ended. Abe has defeated Mollusk the Glukkon, his former boss and RuptureFarms’ meanest inhabitant, overthrown RuptureFarms and liberated workmates.
Now, Abe – along with 300 newly emancipated Mudokons – find themselves without food, water or a place to call home. Stranded alone in the desert, they find solace in a strange new brew – a delicious drink that has insidious ramifications for their newfound freedom.”
As Abe attempts to ignite a revolution with his group of Mudokons, he’ll have to lead his followers “through an industrial hell.” To do, so Oddworld Inhabitants states you’ll utilize looting, crafting and battling to make their escape.
The Oddworld: Soulstorm trailer does a great job delivering the sense of dread that the game is attempting to convey. The odds are heavily stacked against the Mudokons, and there will be plenty of lives lost along the way in the hopes of freeing the many.
Originally planned for a 2017 launch, the game has obviously needed much more attention behind the scenes. It seems as though the developers at Fat Kraken Studios, Frima Studio, Sabotage Studio and Oddworld Inhabitants are getting close though. The Oddworld: Soulstorm release date has now officially been set for next year on PC and consoles.