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Oddworld Inhabitants is an American video game developing and film making company that was founded in 1994 by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning. The company facility is currently located in San Luis Obispo, California which has attracted top video game and animation talent from all over the world.
1994 - 2001 Edit
Since the company's establishment in 1994, Oddworld Inhabitants has released four highly successful video game titles; all of which are part of the company's Oddworld franchise.
In 1997, the company released their first video game entitled, Abe's Oddysee for the PlayStation One. The game became the first in a series of what is now known as the Oddworld Pentalogy. The game became an instant classic that was praised for in originality and unique design.
Following the success of Abe's Oddysee, the Oddworld franchise became one of the "mascot franchises" of the PlayStation One like the Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Tekken franchises. After the success of Oddysee's sequel, Abe's Exoddus, Oddworld Inhabitants began to move its direction to the Xbox platform due to its increasing popularity over the PlayStation 2, DreamCast, and GameCube. As a result, the PlayStation 2 release of Munch's Oddysee and Hand of Odd were canceled. In 2001, Munch's Oddysee was released for Xbox and became an instant success. However, Hand of Odd was never released and presumed as being scrapped. With the success of Munch's Oddysee, Oddworld Inhabitants was guaranteed potential for future games and began to work on their next video game title.
2005 - 2006 Edit
In 2005, Oddworld Inhabitants released Stranger's Wrath, the first Oddworld first-person shooter. The game was(like Munch's Oddysee) exclusive to the Xbox. Like its predecessors, the game was well received. After the release of Stranger's Wrath, Oddworld Inhabitants entered a seven year hiatus which consisted mostly of hints of another Oddworld game that never saw the light of day in fears that the game would not adapt well in the mostly online multiplayer-based video game scene. In 2006, OWI celebrated its successful first decade as a company. For over half a decade, OWI disappeared from the public eye.
2010 - 2011 Edit
On July 15, 2010, OWI returned from its long absence with the announcement of upcoming Oddworld-related titles across multiple platforms in collaboration with Just Add Water Ltd. . Surprisingly after over half a decade, OWI still has a large fan base which is still supporting the company despite what seemed like an unlikely return from retirement. It was later revealed in PS Nation Podcast #173 that the future Oddworld game would not be released for the PlayStation 3 but possibly for the Xbox 360 and Wii. 
On August 10, 2010, JAW confirmed to be working with OWI on four to five Oddworld games. 
2011 - 2012 Edit
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- ↑ http://www.jawltd.com/?p=546
- ↑ http://www.psnation.org/2010/07/15/episode-173-portable-gravity/
- ↑ http://idmindustry.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/new-oddworld-game/