Sunday saw the Oddworld Inhabitants team swing into Eurogamer Expo for a two-pronged attack: we had lots to say at the developer session and the first ever MudoCon fan meet-up.
Lorne Lanning, creator of Oddworld Inhabitants and Stewart Gilray CEO of Just Add Water sat down with journalists for most of the morning, giving them a preview of what will be said in the talk. We had some great coverage as well as some controversy. Here’s a quick round up of the best:
- gamesindustry.biz covered Lorne’s view on the industry.
- Eurogamer talked about Russians, Vita releases and Abe.
- RPS liked what they saw in New ‘n’ Tasty.
- VG247 interviewed Lorne and Stewart.
- Kotaku are looking forward to the game coming out.
- There were a couple of posts on Reddit.
- Even the Metro newspaper in the UK picked up the story.
Lorne and Stewart climbed on stage to a nearly-packed crowd during the developer session and talked about the past, present and future of Oddworld. Watch the video to see Stewart reveal very early gameplay footage from Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty.
We had an amazing response to the MudoCon fan meet-up. Those who turned up had the chance to meet Lorne and Stewart. There were tee-shirts thrown into the crowd and each lucky fan that made it got a limited edition minicard, signed by Lorne and a free download with audio and never-before-seen artwork.
We ran a speed-quiz with the quickest answers winning very special prizes. The two lucky winners received either a signed copy of Art of Oddworld or the life size Abe cut-out signed by both Stewart and Lorne. Stew and Lorne also held an intimate Q&A with all the fans, answering many of their burning questions.
Oddworld is built on a strong fan base and Lorne was happy to see several generations of fans come along and show their support.
JAW’s very own resident Encyclopedia Oddworldia, Wil, discovered his very own superfan. MeechMunchie (aka Chops) from oddworldforums.net showed up waving a “I [heart] Wil” banner.
All in all, the day was a huge success, with the new name and new game getting loud applause, and Stew getting his “Steve Jobs” moment on stage. The next few months will be busy but exciting as the team use the fan enthusiasm to drive them to the release date.
You can view more pictures from the day below. Click for bigger.