Even though it lived under the radar when it first came out, FPS/third-person hybrid Oddworld: Stranger's Wrathmanaged to win a loyal cult following in the years since its 2005 release. So, news of a remastered HD edition was met by joyous surprise by those who loved the Western-inflected shooter from Oddworld Inhabitants.
Stranger's Wrath HD is being handled by Just Add Water and they're showing off the work done so far in a new post on the official PlayStation Blog, accompanied by news that the game's going to be available for download on December 27 for $US14.99.
Along with the redone character work shown above, studio CEO Stewart Gilray details the following sorts of changes:
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.
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
That's a lot of elbow grease to go into a game that's more than five years old. We'll get to see how it feels when Stranger's Wrath HD hits PSN in three weeks.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th [PlayStation Blog]