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Oddworld: Soulstorm reveals an "industrial hell" in first trailer

Oddworld: Soulstorm, the first sequel in the political platforming series since its reboot in 2014, has been shown off in a screen-busting new trailer.

It’s screen-busting because it pushes the sense of 3D depth to Oddworld’s side-on environments. Where Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty was 2.5D, Lorne Lanning and his team are calling this one ‘2.9D’. That’s exemplified in the trailer by a train that pummels straight past protagonist Abe towards the camera.

The footage reveals a familiar focus on herding fellow Mudokons through side-scrolling levels. If previous games are anything to go by, you’ll be able to issue simple commands to the Mudokons to keep them safe as you navigate an industrial hellscape.

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While Soulstorm is the second part in a reboot of the Oddworld series, it doesn’t even share a name with the original 1998 sequel, Abe’s Exoddus. Instead it represents a “complete story retake” and folds in “intelligent” new mechanics that build on the use of explosives.

The Oddworld games are about the impact of rampant capitalism on a delicate ecosystem. In that sense, Soulstorm’s not likely to be less relevant when it comes out in 2020.

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