At first, we thought it would only be a high-definition overhaul.
But that was fine by us. After all, you don't see many HD remakes of original PS1 titles (if any, in fact), and Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey is a true-blue masterful classic.
However, it appears developer Oddworld Inhabitants has decided to take a step beyond the simple HD update. According to the team's Facebook page , they've decided to issue a reboot rather than the same game with a prettier exterior.
"We decided to reboot it, not just an HD update to the original PS1 title, this is a NEW game. It will be getting it's first public showing LATER this year, with a release date of NEXT summer (2013)."
They did add that it's still "a remake of the original PS1 title," but they're only using the first title as a blueprint and are "starting from scratch." Wow, so what should we expect? We're dearly hoping they keep the same gameplay formula, as unpopular as that may prove to be among mainstream gamers. The original puzzle/adventure concept was just so good. Challenging, unique, and engaging.
At any rate, it's nice to see a little ambition and drive in a developer. Now, if we could only get Square Enix to adopt this mindset for PS1 remakes…