Punching into the palm of your hand

Just Add Water only started work on the PlayStation Vita version of the quirky Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath a few weeks ago, but it already has a rough launch window in mind. As part of a fascinating interview on this week’s Official PlayStation Blogcast, CEO Stewart Gilray explained that the handheld version of the classic shooter was coming together rather quickly.

We started work on [the Vita version of Stranger’s Wrath] about five and a half weeks ago. The guy who’s doing it had actually never touched a Vita before — he just plugged it in and read the documentation. He probably spent half a week reading the documentation and then the next week he already had the code running. He was surprised how quickly he managed to get things going.

Gilray continued that the developer expects the title to be at beta by around E3, with a late June release date planned.

It’s not the only bit of Oddworld related content the developer has up its sleeve either. The studio has also announced that the long awaited Move and stereoscopic 3D pack for the PS3 version of Stranger’s Wrath is currently in submission at Sony, with a late May release date expected. Furthermore, Gilray confirmed that the high-definition version of Xbox launch title Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is about four weeks away from going to QA, and should be released soon.

There’s lots more in the interview itself, including comments from series creator Lorne Lanning about the business implications of resurrecting the Oddworld franchise. If you’ve any interest in the classic PlayStation series, then it’s well worth a listen. You can find it through here.

[source blog.us.playstation.com]