Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee creator Lorne Lanning has revealed to VG247 that he didn’t expect his PSone classic to have the kind of impact it had. It just turned 15 last week.
Speaking with VG247, Lanning revealed that he had doubts about Oddworld’s far-reaching success, “Due to the amount of money we had to borrow to make Abe, he had to succeed. He had to sell millions of units, he just had to man. I had to convince people that it would before I could get the money.”
“Then I actually had to deliver, and that being said, what I never expected – but that I hoped for and designed for, but I didn’t actually expect it – was that 15 years later it would still have this passion around it.”
“That we would are still receiving emails about it – I mean – we always designed Abe for the down-trodden, because that’s who I feel most of us are. But now, it’s so much more clear now.”
“We still get emails from people who tells us that it really just…changed their lives at really critical times, like they decided not to jump off that cliff. That impact was a little more than I kind of hoped for, the longevity of it, and that players have Oddworld tattoos, is pretty phenomenal.”
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee game recently turned 15 and the developer is now working with Just Add Water on a remake called Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty. The game is slated for release on PSN, XBLA and Steam in 2013.
You can check out our massive Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee 15th anniversary interview with Lorne Lanning later today. If you’re a fan you absolutely won’t want to miss it.