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Oddworld Founder Would Work With Satoru Iwata "In A Second"

Posted by Andy Green

Lorne Lanning admires Nintendo's President greatly

Oddworld Inhabitants has a couple of games heading to the Wii U eShop. During E3 the developer - which has turned its attentions to more indie games in recent times - announced it would be releasing Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'n' Tasty, a Playstation classic, and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD, which was a popular title on the Xbox, on a range of download stores.

In an interview with Venture Beat, Lorne Lanning, the founder of Oddworld Inhabitants, said he wanted to stay indie for as long as possible and won't be tempted into becoming a triple-A developer until it's affordable.

On top of this, he spoke of his admiration for Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata over his staff restructuring policy. Whereas other development studios are cutting back on staff to save on costs in the name of keeping revenue and profits stabilised for the all important shareholders, Nintendo has chosen not to take out the carving knife and is retaining the vast majority of its staff.

During Nintendo's latest Annual General Meeting of shareholders, Iwata said more advanced and complicated products naturally require a larger workforce and higher costs, but cutting back on the people in these departments could hurt the company's overall development.

Lanning admires this standpoint greatly and said he would work with Nintendo's President "in a second":

Satoru Iwata came out and said people were asking him, "When are you gonna lay off your development staff?! I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it was basically, "Laying off development is not going to solve our problems. Building great games is what we do and we’re going to continue doing it." When he said that, in my opinion, he was immortalised in the creative community. I would work with him in a second. When a man in that type of position, in a world where the golden rule is the rule and that’s what’s expected at public companies, he stood up and said, "That’s not what we’re about. We’re about building great stuff. We have great people to build great stuff. We’re gonna do that."

He's certainly impressed with Nintendo's business model and believes its forward-thinking will allow it to be in the video games industry for a very long time - something he couldn't say for other companies:

When I look at the history of Nintendo, I say, "Nintendo is gonna be here in 100 years." I have no doubt. I doubt Microsoft will be here in 100 years. I know Zynga won’t be here in 100 years. I’ve been here longer than Zynga. (Laughs) We’re not making headlines in the Wall Street Journal, but we’re still building what we set out to build. Now we have to be clever and smaller in how we think, but we’re more self-empowered than we’ve ever been.

Very kind words indeed from the founder of Oddworld Inhabitants. Perhaps Nintendo will pick up the phone - going off what Lanning's said the company wouldn't have to wait long to hear a "yes".

Would you like to see Oddworld Inhabitants work more with Nintendo in the future? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Shambo said:

I admire Mr. Iwata's way of protecting his staff against money-hungry shareholders, who are part of the embodiment of human evil. He indeed also protected Nintendo's future this way. If not a statue, at least make an action figure of this man (and Mr. Miyamoto). I'd buy them both twice!

Also, given how much I like Oddworld, I'd love to see them work more for Nintendo! I'd approve in a second!



Warruz said:

Please work more with oddworld, THROW MONEY AT THEM and watch them make works of art out of it. It would be very cool if nintendo hired Oddworld to make an exclusive spin off storyline, much the same way strangers wrath was a spin off for the Wii U.



Hitman_masked00 said:

I am supporting this guy even though I have the original game and the download copy from PSN. I like people who respect Nintendo.



AlexSora89 said:

The fact Oddworld games are coming to Nintendo has kind of a symbolic value to me. I mean, think about it - Oddworld, back in the day, was pretty much "the mature sidescrolling platformer" for the PS1. The fact it's coming to Nintendo consoles says a lot about how things have changed.



ajcismo said:

Very interesting insight from the inner workings of the industry. There seems to be a positive swing going on for Ninty these past few weeks, I hope it continues.



fushimushi said:

@Shambo Indeed and action figure of Mr. Iwata and Mr. Miyamoto would be awesome XD I would definitely buy those, lol.


Exactly why I'm still a Nintendo fan after all these years. I have played Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 and asked everything about those devices.. I actually wanted to buy a PS3 but after hearing that you have to pay to go online... I would rather go back to playing the GameBoy Color.



DePapier said:

A savvy développer, reading Nintendo's Q&A, just like the folks at Criterion reading Iwata Asks.



TheEmerlLad said:

If Lanning ever had the proper funds from Nintendo, then I know sure as hell the Oddworld name can be back to it's proper glory like back in the 90's and early 00's. It's one of the main reasons why I would love to work with the Oddworld Inhabitant's staff.
Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot anyone?



hYdeks said:

I have alot of respect for Iwata too for saying what he did, and for Lanning to say what he said If Lanning and Nintendo teamed up, god knows what kinda great game they could develop!

As for right now, I'm excited for both oddworld games coming to Wii U, have always been a huge fan of these charming games. I do hope he considers bringing Munch's Odyssey in HD and to Wii U someday too!

Glad to hear Iwata isn't laying people off, instead trying to fix the problems and produce quality products, which is what their all about. That's what really puts Nintendo ahead of companies like Sony, Sony got rid of Zipper and that basicly over one lackluster game sale, they really don't give there studios and people much hope, unlike Nintendo



seronja said:

yes i would like Oddworld Inhabitants working close with Nintendo, they made one of my fav. series of my ps1 childhood



Marshi said:

@Warruz I agree but let lorne finish the "oddworld quintology" as was originaly the moment weve had abes oddysee and munchs oddysee as main number parts of the quintology,if nintendo bought oddworld inhabitants and finished the quintology I honestly believe it would be the biggest partnersip nintendo has been a part of since rare



VeeFlamesNL said:

Man, I love Ninty! They do what they do best, makin' quality games. Would absolutely love to play the Ninty handheld in the year 2045 with my children 'n' grandchildren!



sinalefa said:

It is hard for me to see someone else running the company instead of him. He got two successful systems in the same generation, when the 3DS was struggling he cut his salary by 50% and then when Wii U is struggling he refuses to fire employees.

But as usual, it is so easy to just look at the bad things coming from him.

I played the hell out of Abe's Oddysee on PS1 but I never got to play Stranger's Wrath. Glad to hear Mr. Lanning is not looking to sell out and forget his indie origins and ideals.



Samurai_Goroh said:

Iwata is a great CEO for Nintendo, he gave the company so many smashing hits during its tenure. The DS in 2004, the Wii in 2006, and right now the 3DS is hot stuff on the market. I'm sure he will turn the Wii U situation too.
In the event of his succession, I think of Satoru Shibata, head of NoE and perhaps even Masahiro Sakurai, he has a similar background with Iwata (HAL Laboratory). , would be likely replacements. But Iwata is here to stay for a long time. Great to see a developer acknowledging Iwata's feats.



banacheck said:

The PS3 is free to play online untill Sony pulls the plug.


If Lanning ever had the proper funds from Nintendo, then I know sure as hell the Oddworld name can be back to it's proper glory like back in the 90's and early 00's.

Just Add Water's Abe's Oddysee New 'n' Tasty will be back to it glory days, it's a remake of the PS1 games which doesn't cost anywhere near the AAA games cost to make.



readypembroke said:

@DePapier I LOVE Iwata Asks!!! the best and odd moment of it was that some the people working on the WMP bought a pressure cooker and they didnt even use it!



Henmii said:

I don't think they would be on the same wave-lenght! But maybe they can overcome the differences?



Senate_Guard said:

Abe seems like a cool character! When New 'N Tasty showed up during the 2013 eShop releases, I immediately remembered him and got excited!



dumedum said:

Some awesome comments here about Iwata. Looking forward to this game on the eshop.



defrb said:

would love to see the creative oddworld creators work together with nintendo.
ive played abe's oddesy on the ps1 back in the time, was a really impressive game for that time



Araknie said:

You get this kind of Indie developer, then you get Fish.
With no chips also!



AJWolfTill said:

I have a gameboy Oddworld adventures game which I used to love. I never mustered the courage to believe that I would be able to play new releases on Nintendo systems.

If only Nintendo would enter a partnership with Oddworld Inhabitants to create an exclusive new entry in the series. The creativity would be unimaginable 8* O

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