To perceive Oddworld: Soulstorm, you should perceive Oddworld’s historical past. You want to know that Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, launched in 1997, was meant to be the primary a part of a five-game collection, every starring a model new protagonist—and you should perceive that these plans instantly fell aside.

First got here success. With Oddysee a shock hit, writer GT Interactive demanded a sequel for the next Christmas. The end result was 1998’s Abe’s Exoddus, a stopgap launch. Still well-received on the time, it didn’t advance the core Oddworld storyline and was thought of a “bonus” recreation by each builders and followers.

Then got here circumstance. Munch’s Oddysee, launched in 2001, was thought of the true successor to Abe’s Oddysee—the second a part of the unique five-part plan. But a late-stage deal to make it an Xbox-exclusive noticed Munch’s Oddysee primarily rebuilt from scratch in simplified type, rushed to launch alongside Microsoft’s console debut.

Then got here Stranger’s Wrath. A cult traditional, the fourth Oddworld recreation strayed even farther from the unique five-part story and primarily used the universe as backdrop for a faux-Western. It additionally offered poorly on the time, after which Oddworld went dormant.

Finally, got here Lorne Lanning himself. He devised the unique plan, all these years in the past, and he can rattling nicely blow it up if he desires to.

And he desires to. I traveled to Oddworld Inhabitants’ workplace a number of weeks in the past to see Soulstorm, and got here away with particulars about what’s going to certainly turn into probably the most formidable retcon in online game historical past, erasing 21 years of established canon and expectations so Lorne Lanning can take a second shot at telling the story he got down to inform in 1997.

“Abe’s back.” That’s how the most recent Soulstorm trailer ends, and that’s the important thing to Lanning’s tailored imaginative and prescient. Soulstorm is a direct sequel to Abe’s Oddysee, or relatively to the 2014 remake New ‘n’ Tasty, and it’s additionally (because the trailer places it) “The all-new second episode of the Oddworld Quintology epic.” No extra different-protagonist-for-every-game. Oddworld is, at the least on this reimagined Quintology, the story of Abe, the unwitting slave who sparked a revolution nearly by chance. Abe and Abe alone. Sorry, Munch.

“But wait, Abe’s Oddysee already has a sequel. You talked about it up prime.” True sufficient, and Soulstorm incorporates features of Abe’s Exoddus. Both Exoddus and Soulstorm revolve round Soulstorm Brew, an vitality drink that retains customers silly and complacent and which turns into the most recent goal of Abe’s rising riot as he liberates these concerned in (fairly actually) making it.

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