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Oddword: Stranger’s Wrath HD Coming to PSN Soon

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Posted on December 7, 2011 AT 04:16pm

THE BUZZ: For PS3 owners out there who have been eagerly awaiting the HD remake of Oddword: Stranger’s Wrath, there’s good news—it’s coming soon.

Today on the official PlayStation blog, Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray announced that the game will finally see release on December 27th in all regions except for two: Far East/Russia/Ukraine, and Portugal (where the game will be released later).

Priced at $14.99 in North America, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD will bring with it the following updates:

Characters

  • All 84 character models have been updated with increased polygon counts and higher resolution textures.
  • Wolvark Sloghandlers now release Slogs instead of Slegs.
  • Professor Dimble now has glasses and an academic tome.
  • New female voices have been recorded for two characters.
  • Made Blisterz Booty unkillable.

 

Environments

  • All environments have been given higher resolution textures.
  • Most vegetation has been updated with increased polygon counts and/or higher resolution textures.
  • A lot of environment now reflects in water where it didn’t before.
  • Many, many pipes and barrels were rounded.
  • New Easter Eggs added to the game.
  • Added Blisterz Booty’s broken crud gun to the floor by his bola’d body.
  • Sekto’s Office has been changed to more closely resemble than seen in the FMV.

 

Audio

  • All game audio (voice, sound effects and music) have been upgraded to 16-bit 44KHz from 8-bit 11KHz or less!
  • Support for 5.1, Dolby Digitial and DTS.

 

Display

  • Everything now runs at 720p, 60 FPS, and in widescreen.
  • All menus have been updated with a new design based on original unused concepts.
  • New posters now occupy the inventory menu when no bounty is accepted.

 

Difficulty

  • All armour upgrades now actually increase Stranger’s health.
  • Added difficulty levels to the game: Easy, Medium and Hard.
  • In Easy mode:
    • Stranger has twice the health
    • Enemies have half the health and stamina
    • Enemies’ stamina recovers half as fast
  • In Normal Mode:
    • Stranger’s health and armour for later in the game have been re-balanced.
  • In Hard mode:
    • Stranger has a third less health.
    • Enemies stamina recovers a third quicker.

Unlockables

  • 37 Trophies: 23 bronze, 8 silver, 5 gold, 1 platinum
  • 37 pieces of unlockable concept art
  • Five unlockable movies

 

Two other options had originally been planned—stereoscopic 3D and PlayStation Move support—unfortunately had to be cut. However, Gilray says that those features will be coming in the future via an update, along with “some other little extras we’ve got planned”.

Below are some comparison shots between the original Oddword: Stranger’s Wrath, and the new HD revision.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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