Just Add Water has announced that it'll release Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New N' Tasty!, a remake of the 1997 PSone classic, coming to PS3, PS Vita, Xbox LIVE and PC in late 2013.
In an interview ahead of the world exclusive reveal for the game, Oddworld founder Lorde Lanning and JAW boss Stewart Gilray spilled the details to Eurogamer. According to the pair, New N' Tasty! is the same as the original to a large degree in terms of gameplay, however flip screen scrolling is gone and the camera has been largely improved.
"It gives you a better perspective of the graphics," Gilray explained, "so you can see more into that 3D world, and it also lets you see farther in front of you. So if you suddenly see a Slig patrolling and think, oh s**t, you can hammer on the breaks, slow down a bit and creep past him.
"In the original game you looked through a screen flip and it was like, ah! You run away or you're dead. You had to make your decision before you went through the screen flip in the original game. But with this, because you can see farther in front of you, you can make that change in your gameplay there and then without having to go, I've died, I have to go back to the check point and re-do it."
In addition, the pair also explained that all the FMVs from the original are now rendered in real-time using the game engine without breaks in the gameplay, although 80-90 per cent of the puzzles and levels are the same as in the original.
Giving an example of this, Gilray said, "In the original game, the fifth screen into it, there was a sleeping Slig. When you walked into the screen he woke up. To reset it you just walked off screen and came back on screen again creeping. We don't have flip screens any more, so we've made it so he times out. Say he walks around for 10 seconds and you haven't moved, he won't have heard anything and will go back to sleep again.
"It's little things like that. We've not changed it. We've just modernised it because it's not a flip screen game any more."
"The nice thing is we're not reinventing the wheel," Gilray said. "We know the wheel. We're just putting better spokes on it."
Look out for New N' Tasty next year.