Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee creator Lorne Lanning has been in the news quite a bit lately. After hurling an at Electronic Arts, which provoked a from the publisher, Lanning revealed that he didn't think his Oddworld IP would have lasted this long, saying to VG247 that he didn’t expect his PSone classic to have the kind of impact it had. It just turned 15 last week.
“Due to the amount of money we had to borrow to make Abe, he had to succeed. He had to sell millions of units, he just had to man. I had to convince people that it would before I could get the money,” Lanning revealed. “Then I actually had to deliver, and that being said, what I never expected – but that I hoped for and designed for, but I didn’t actually expect it – was that 15 years later it would still have this passion around it.”
“That we would are still receiving emails about it – I mean – we always designed Abe for the down-trodden, because that’s who I feel most of us are. But now, it’s so much more clear now,” he marveled.
Lanning then revealed, “We still get emails from people who tells us that it really just…changed their lives at really critical times, like they decided not to jump off that cliff. That impact was a little more than I kind of hoped for, the longevity of it, and that players have Oddworld tattoos, is pretty phenomenal.”
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty, the remake of the original Oddworld title, is coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC next year.
Lanning: "I didn't expect Oddworld to be around 15 years later"
02 October 2012 | By JonahFalcon