Trivia / Oddworld

  • Acclaimed Flop: ''Stranger's Wrath," which despite having good reviews, fell victim to Invisible Advertising.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason Abe lost a finger between the first and second games. (And by executive, we mean the Yakuza, who claimed to have the Japanese equivalent of a copyright on any characters with four fingers. Seriously).
    • Also why Oddworld initially left the business. While trying to find a publisher to host their newest game, they noticed that their potential partners kept wanting to renegotiate their contract. According to what they said in a GameInformer interview, this would have led to a cycle of Oddworld not getting paid while they jumped through hoops to please their partners. Not wanting any part in this, they simply called it off and closed up.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Just Add Water, the team currently in charge of rebooting the franchise, is largely made up of dedicated fans of the original Oddworld games.
  • Talking to Himself: around 80% of all of the characters are voiced by Lorne Lanning, the co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: The supposedly planned game "Nod's Oddysee" was confirmed to be a hoax by Word of God.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • General:
      • The Oddworld series was originally going to be 5 games long, each one focusing on a new main character. This changed after Oddworld Inhabitants decided to make a second game focusing on Abe before moving on to the next character.
      • The post for Debut Queue and Always Chaotic Evil imply that either Abe's Exoddus and the cancelled fifth game were meant to be about Squeek and Nod, or that Sligstorm was meant to close the franchise.
      • Meeches were originally going to have been an enemy in the first game, with an early FMV of Abe getting chased by them. However, due to time constraints, they were omitted and written as extinct.
    • Abe's Oddysee:
      • The Working Title for Abe's Oddysee was Soulstorm. While said title didn't stick, it was used for the brew that the Glukkons make in Exoddus, and, in an example of things coming full-circle, became the name for the latter game's remake.
      • There was going to have been an FMV explaining the origin of the Mudokon Moon. A meteor shower would have struck the moon, leaving a crater in the shape of a Mudokon pawn.
      • Abe was originally going to have been a Native Mudokon watching society grow industrial. Elum was also apparently going to play a bigger role as Abe's pet.
    • Abe's Exoddus:
      • Abe's Exoddus was originally going to be a darker, deeper and more sinister story, but due to time constraints forcing the team to make the game in nine months, Lorne Lanning wasn't able to alter his script in any meaningful way. Part of the reason why Oddworld: Soulstorm was developed is to tell the story as Lanning originally intended.
    • Munch's Oddysee:
      • Munch's Oddysee was going to be a MUCH bigger game, but limited time and not advanced enough technology prevented it from being so. This isn't even getting into the games put on hold while New 'n' Tasty is in development, such as Slig Storm and Hand of Odd.
      • There were three unused vending machines in Munch's Oddysee: Klimb (which did appear in a demo, giving the player the ability to walk up walls), Super Zap (which, as the name suggested, would have given Munch a stronger Zap), and Hurl (which would have presumably would have given the player a stronger throw).
      • As mentioned in Aborted Arc, Munch's Oddysee would have had Abe reuniting with his mother, Queen Sam, who would have been kept at Vyykers Labs. There would have also been a subplot of Molluck being held on trial for letting Rupture Farms fall.
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