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OddWorld: Soulstorm – Oddtimized Edition announced for Switch

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Publisher Microids has announced that Oddworld: Soulstorm is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and retail editions are already available for pre-order.

Dubbed “Oddtimized Edition”, the game will apparently be “optimized for the Nintendo Switch to take advantage of the platform’s unique features”, with Microids promising that the port will feature all of the gameplay features from its release on other platforms.

No exact release date has been set at the time of writing, but you have a good selection of physical packs to choose from, depending on your affinity for the Oddworld franchise. First, we have a “Limited Oddition” which will feature the game in a metal case along with 3 beautiful art cards. However, for hardcore fans, The Collectible Adventure will surely put those salivary glands to work overtime and will include the following:

  • Unique collectible box
  • Weird World: SoulstormStandard Edition for Nintendo Switch
  • Collectible metal case with 24 slots for cartridges.
  • Exclusive 9″ (22 cm) silver figurine of Abe, Mudokon hero.
  • 160-page premium artbook from Pix’n Love Publishing.
  • Mining Company Exclusive Keychain
  • Three art reproductions
  • Stickers of the ancient Mudokon tribe
  • Abe’s arm tattoo

The game itself is, of course, a reimagining of the classic PS1 adventure Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, in which our hero Abe must save his fellow Mudokons from the brutal Gluckons who have enslaved them to create the addictive cannibalistic drink Soulstorm Brew. Here’s a breakdown of the game’s features directly from Microids:

Explosive adventure platformer: Expanding the platform genre by adding RPG-lite elements with player choice to play the way you like, be it aggressive or passive. Rob enemies, loot lockers, sift through trash cans and find hidden areas to get resources. Exchange resources in vending machines to get products that will give you more freedom of choice in solving numerous in-game challenges. Craft tools and weapons to use against opposing forces, or arm your followers and watch the revolution break out.
epic scope: soul storm is a 2.9D adventure platformer with 15 hours of gameplay and dozens more for achievement hunters and perfectionists. Epic environments on a massive scale to explore as you venture out into the world.
revolutionary: A dark storyline with a twisted sense of humor that sheds light on the irony that exists in the human condition. A cog in the corporate machine used for meat and muscle, Abe will try to save them all and possibly spark a revolution.
Completion: Can you save all the Mudokons in the game? Can you reach the best ending and unlock the last two game levels? Can you empty every trash can and locker, kill or safely detain every antagonist, find every hiding place, collect every jelly? Over 3 million players have had the opportunity to do so… will you be the first on the Nintendo Switch to succeed?
Multiple endings: soul storm has 15 levels, with two additional unlockable levels at the end of the game and four potential endings, each depending on your Quarma. At the end of each individual level, you receive a Quarma score based on the number of Mudokons you have saved. If you manage to save enough Mudokons in all levels, you will get one of the good endings. But beware, if your Quarma isn’t high enough, you’re in for a more… terrible fate! Don’t worry, as you can always go back to any level and try to improve your karma to unlock the best ending.

The release follows Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which launched on Switch back in 2020. In our review, we gave it a 6/10 stating that “it has moments of inspiration – the Stockyards scene is so beautifully rendered that it can momentarily evoke a false memory of ‘this is how I remember the original!'” but this is not enough to make up for the frustration caused by many, many unnecessary changes.”

Can’t wait to get Oddworld: Soulstorm on Switch? Did you play the original Abe’s Exoddus? Let us know!


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