EA Enters Oddworld

Electronic Arts has signed an agreement to acquire worldwide publishing rights to the next Oddworld game from developer Oddworld Inhabitants. The new title in the series, previously published by Microsoft, is slated for release in 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

“Partnering with EA is a major win for us," says Lorne Lanning, president of Oddworld Inhabitants. "Through EA’s first-rate publishing and marketing expertise, the expanded universe of Oddworld can reach millions of game fans and extend the reach of this distinctive series."

In the next Oddworld game, players will step into the role of the Stranger, a Western-style bounty hunter who chases outlaws throughout the Oddworld universe. A complex story will unfold as the Stranger comes to grips with his true nature in the hunt for the ultimate bounty.

Since its debut, the Oddworld series has seen nearly five million units sold worldwide and has garnered more than 100 industry awards. The three previously released chapters are Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee.