Oddworld: Soulstorm, the next game in the Oddworld series, is releasing in 2020 – but if you want the PC version, you’ll need to get it through the Epic Games Store. The news was announced through a tweet from the official Oddworld account, which explained that support from the Epic Games Store was important for funding the game’s development. The tweet contains a statement from Lorne Lanning, the original creator of Abe and Oddworld, who still works on the series.
“We’ve been financing Soulstorm 100% ourselves”, the statement from Lorne Lanning reads. “Soulstorm is our most ambitious game ever and we are committed to creating a great game that meets the highest level of quality”. To do so, they needed additional finances, and Epic has supported them with an advance on their sales to help the game’s development in exchange for exclusivity.
Oddworld Soulstorm, which received a lengthy trailer in May, is essentially a reimagining of Abe’s Exodus, the second game in the Oddworld series, but with a greatly expanded scope and story. It is also coming to PS4 and Xbox One in 2020. It’s unclear whether or not Oddworld: Soulstorm will be a timed exclusive, or if it will eventually come to Steam, as is the case with many Epic Games Store exclusives.