Oddworld’s Lorne Lanning on Reaching a New Audience on PSN

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus hitting Sony’s PlayStation Network. These are two fantastic games from one of the most creative and imaginative developers in the business: Oddworld Inhabitants. I recently asked company co-founder Lorne Lanning what it was like reaching a whole new generation of gamers through PSN. He told me:

It’s a joy to see the fan mail from new players that have just discovered these games. A bit time machine’ish I should say. The feedback is fresh, it’s new to them, so there’s something that feels very much like it did when the games first came out. A lot of people got passionate about Abe. Now we’re seeing it again, and it’s the same vibe and reaction of newness, but a different generation. A bit Déjà to the last millenium.

When I see them write, “I remember my father used to play, but I was too young” it’s a serious testament to just how quickly time flies and how quickly the times change. We’re thrilled that the Abe games are finding a new audience, especially considering that we didn’t even foresee the future of digital distribution back when we originally built these games. I mean, most people still didn’t know what www.com meant back in ’94 when we started building Abe. Strange how different a world it already is today.

Oddworld Abe 2

Strange? How about odd?!? Bwahahahahaha!!! Seriously though, this is just a snippet from my conversation with Lorne. He went over a wide variety of topics with me and his answers were most interesting (some of them even juicy!). Stay tuned for my full interview with Oddworld Inhabitants’ Lorne Lanning!

For now, I wanted to see if any of you have downloaded these Abe re-releases or if you’re planning to. Anyone digging the Oddworld universe more than a decade after it was revealed? Are you excited by the possibilities of more Oddworld games in the future?

Author: RPadTV


10 thoughts on “Oddworld’s Lorne Lanning on Reaching a New Audience on PSN”

  1. You know, I could never get into these games. I'm not sure why. I like games with humor in them (if it's done right), and I like fantasy settings. But I couldn't get into these at all.

  2. never played these games, therefore they have no nostalgic value

    so no i wont be dling these games, which im sure are fantastic

  3. I couldn't be happier with Oddworlds increasing resurgence (bring on the ressurection). Just replayed Abes Oddysee and Exodus a few days back and I honestly haven't enjoyed a gaming experience as much in years. So much so that I dug out my original Xbox and have started Munchs Oddysee and although not as much as Abe, im enjoying it so much more than when I played it way back when. With Strangers Wrath waiting in the wings (and covered in dust) my gaming schedule's covered for the next few weeks. I can't wait for a return to Odd.

  4. I've loved AO and AE from the moment they came out. To me they seem to be on a whole different level of gaming and I keep a soft spot for them in my childhood memories. When you beat it, it feels like finishing a really great book.

    I look forward to what Oddworld has in store next.

  5. @Dave – The Rambler, @Ben Welcome and thanks for the comments! I can't wait to what Oddworld Inhabitants does next. Stay tuned for the full interview with Lorne on Monday!

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