Publisher Microids has announced that Oddworld: Soulstorm will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch, with retail editions available to pre-order now.
Dubbed the 'Oddtimized Edition', the game will apparently be "optimized for Nintendo Switch to take advantage of the platform’s unique features", with Microids promising the port will feature all the gameplay features from its release on other platforms.
No firm release date has been set at the time of writing, but you've got a nice choice of physical packages, depending on your affinity for the Oddworld franchise. First up, we've got the 'Limited Oddition', which will feature the game in a metallic case along with 3 lovely art cards. For the hardcore fans, however, the 'Collector's Oddition' will surely get those saliva glands working overtime, and will include the following:
- A Unique Collector’s Box
- Oddworld: Soulstorm’s standard edition for Nintendo Switch
- A collectible metal case with 24 cartridge slots
- An exclusive 9-inch (22 cm) silver figurine of Abe, Mudokon hero
- A premium 160-page artbook by Pix’n Love Publishing
- An exclusive Mining Company keychain
- Three art prints
- Ancient Mudokon Tribal stickers
- Abe’s hand tattoo
The game itself is, of course, a reimagining of the classic PS1 adventure Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, in which our hero Abe must save his fellow Mudokons from the cruel Glukkons, who have enslaved them to create the addictive, cannibalistic beverage Soulstorm Brew. Here's a breakdown of the game's features directly from Microids:
Explosive Action-Adventure Platformer: Evolving the platforming genre by adding RPG-lite elements with player agency to play as you like, whether aggressively or passively. Pickpocket enemies, loot lockers, sift through trash cans, and find hidden areas to acquire resources. Exchange resources at vending machines to get products that give you more agency in how you chose to conquer the game’s many challenges. Craft tools and weapons to use against opposing forces or arm your followers and watch the revolution ignite.
Epic Scope: Soulstorm is a 2.9D action-adventure platformer with 15 hours of gameplay, and dozens more for achievement hunters and perfectionists. Epic environments with massive scale to explore by going into the world.
Revolutionary: A dark storyline with a twisted sense of humor that shines a light on the ironies that exist in the human condition. A cog in the corporate machine, used for meat and muscle, Abe will attempt to save them all and maybe ignite a revolution.
Completionists: Can you save every single Mudokon in the game? Can you achieve the best ending and unlock the final two playable levels? Can you scavenge every trash can and locker, kill or safely apprehend every antagonist, find every hidden area, collect every jelly? More than 3 million players have had the opportunity to do it…will you be the first on Nintendo Switch to succeed?
Multiple Endings: Soulstorm has 15 levels, with two additional unlockable levels at the end of the game and four potential endings, each depending on your Quarma. At the end of each individual level, you receive a Quarma score, based on the number of Mudokons you save. If you succeed in saving enough Mudokons throughout all the levels, you’ll get one of the good endings. But beware: if your Quarma score isn’t high enough, you’ll get a more… dire fate! Don’t worry though, as you can always go back to any level and try to improve your Quarma to unlock the best ending.
The release follows Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, which launched on the Switch back in 2020. We gave it a 6/10 in our review, stating that "it has its moments of inspiration – the Stockyards stage is so beautifully realised that it can momentarily trigger that "this is what I remember the original looking like!" false memory – but it's not enough to make up for the frustrations that come from the many, many unnecessary changes".
Are you excited to pick up Oddworld: Soulstorm on the Switch? Did you play the original Abe's Exoddus? Let us know!