Update July 25, 2016: We reached out to Oddworld Inhabitants to see if we could get some insight into the reasoning behind the new port of Munch’s Oddysee.
In an email exchange with the developers, they tell us about the decision, how it came about and what the plans are for the future.
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“We simply wanted to make right with the community,” an Oddworld spokesperson explains.
“We’d heard enough reports that the previous port wasn’t working properly for some to want to do a fresh one, and once we started the process with developers Square One (who do our mobile conversions, including the iOS, Android and Mac versions of Munch’s Oddysee) we figured out we could get some of the higher-res assets in there too, making it more of a complete package.
“We still have a little way to go – we’d love to get the multi-language videos and subs in there too, for example – but the reaction has been good so far. We had an extensive beta period where our community could give us instant feedback on the Steam forums, which helped shape the final product, and we’re just happy that the new port is well received.
“The game’s not exactly a spring chicken anymore, and thus it’s not always trivial to work with 2001 Xbox code, but we’re doing all we can. We made the new port auto-load the old save games, for example, so people could carry on from where they left off. We’ve even left the option for people to go back to the old port if they want to.
“Our community’s vital to us, they’ve stuck with us since 1997, and we do everything we can to interact with, listen and act on their feedback, across all our games.”
It seems that work is set to continue, too, as not only are there plans for other languages, but a patch just went live to remove the 30fps cap and allow the game to run at 60fps.
Original Story July 25, 2016: Could Oddworld Inhabitants be gearing up to announce something Munch-related? If not, it seems strange that they’d randomly decide to completely redo the messy PC port of their 3D platforming classic.
Perhaps it could be down to Steam’s new review system which, on top of highlighting the overall feeling of reviewers on Steam, now also highlights the mood of recent reviews. It could be a chance at redemption, perhaps.
The official reasoning at the moment is down to fan feedback. Those bad reviews certainly are that.
“Due to community feedback, we’ve built and today released a new port of Munch’s Oddysee, replacing the current one, alongside a pack of trading cards, badges, backgrounds and emotes,” says the announcement. “The new port will be maintained by us and developers Square One. It contains multiple fixes and some ‘HD’ assets including higher resolution character models.”
It’s a great excuse for fans to revisit the game’s weird world of sligs, slogs and flatulence. You can currently pick up the new port on sale for $1.24 on Steam.
The new port should switch over automatically. To opt-out and switch back to the original, select “original” from the beta dropdown and Steam will do the rest.