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EA strongly denies Oddworld Inhabitants buy-out attempt

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012 00:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In an exchange which has already reached near-nuclear heat, EA has hotly denied any attempt to purchase Oddworld Inhabitants.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown denied everything Oddworld founder Lorne Lanning had told the site in an earlier interview, including the acquisition attempt.

“We wish Lorne luck on the game and recommend Lithium for the paranoia and Tourette Syndrome. Nobody here remembers a jet, a Ferrari or an offer to buy his company,” Brown said, an unusually firey corporate response.

Lanning had said that EA tried to buy Oddworld Inhabitants during the development of Stranger’s Wrath in the early 2000′s.

“When you say that to us we go ‘fuck you very much’, quite frankly. That’s not a sustainable model, that’s a hostile acquisition,” Lanning said.

“That’s why we had to strive to get independent. Rather than get into bed with someone we knew was a horrible bed partner we said ‘let’s stay virgins for longer.’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lanning implied that larger games companies pour their funds into fripperies, and promised never to use profits for anything but continuing to make games.

This is better than the soaps, right?

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  1. DSB

    If by better you mean worse, then absolutely.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    If they had said yes, we’d probably be seeing Strangers Honour: Odd Battlefield 3 about now…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Tearsir

    EA already ruined Rare, Bioware, probably Visceral and some others.
    O.I. should stay far away from them.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. f1r3storm

    @3 Yep, especially Rare…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Tearsir

    My mistake, was thinking also to Microsoft and their Kinect Sports made by Rare instead of a so long awaited Killer Instinct 3. Not far away from whato EA does. ^^

    #5 2 years ago