Everyone’s favourite boggle-eyed Mudokon is back. Just Add Water have revealed the first look at gameplay from the upcoming Oddworld: Soulstorm, a true-to-form sequel to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which was itself a remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and set some time before Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus, which is classed as a spin-off. Still keeping up? Soulstorm will be the second game in the planned Oddworld quintology, with New ‘n’ Tasty being the first and Xbox launch title Oddworld: Munch’s Odysee being the third. Phew, I think we got there.
Soulstorm is a game which has been clouded in mystery since it was first announced a few years back, but we can now see it sticks to the tried and trusted formula of 2.5D platforming and puzzle-solving which propelled the series to fame. It looks as if there are none of the 3D antics of Munch’s Oddysey, nor the first-person shooting action of Stranger’s Wrath, another spin-off.
We’re back to basics then, and Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up right where the excellent New ‘n’ Tasty ended. Abe has crushed Mollusk the Glukkon, liberated his Mudokon workmates, and headed out into the harsh desert surrounding Rapture Farms. They’re thirsty, hungry, and homeless, but discover a strange new drink in the desert which has some unexpected properties.
“Oddworld: Soulstorm will continue to chew up the themes of environmentalism, capitalism, consumerism and addiction that critics and fans found so engaging in the "AAA Indie" release of Oddworld’s last pensive platformer, New ’n’ Tasty,” explains Just Add Water.
There's an old saying I believe in that goes: ‘you can never have too much Oddworld’, so it’s certainly a pleasure to see this series back after such a long absence. Expect some truly head-scratching puzzle-solving, some grotesque violence, and an industrial hellscape that needs to be brought to its knees by the one and only Abe.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is coming to PC and consoles in 2020.