Abe’s Oddysee hails from a more egalitarian time for game consumers, when you were guaranteed to get all of the content for a single price, regardless of when you bought it. But Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, the remake of the classic game has taken another step towards modernity by offering pre-order DLC.
The pre-order bonuses are a costume for Abe, which dresses the escaped slave in the garb of a cleaner, and a new level: Alf’s Escape.
The costume will be available at launch, while the bonus level – which opens up a new area of Rupture Farms and puts players in the shoes of the tea-brewing Mudokon, Alf, introduced in Abe’s Exoddus – will be available soon after.
Alf’s Escape will also be available as a DLC purchase.
The additional mission will contain “brand new puzzles and fiendish hazards that’ll ensure a fresh challenge for even the most seasoned Oddworld fans, as well as specially recorded dialogue!”
While premium and pre-order DLC has become the norm, it strikes me as a little odd that I’m seeing it in a remake. Surely the whole point of the project is to improve and add to the original, and walling off new content behind pre-orders and extra costs makes me as sad as a chained up Mudokon.
With all that said, I’ll likely buy it anyway, because I love me some Oddworld and I have no self-control.