Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath HD coming to the PC in 2-3 months; will use a new engine

PC owners of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath were disappointed with Oddworld Inhabitants’ offer, as the game didn’t run as well as they had wished for. With the HD version of the game out now for the PS3, new questions arose about its PC version; would it be a DLC, when would it come out and would it impact performance? Thankfully, the developers didn’t remain silent and answered to all those questions, so keep reading.
According to Just Add Water – the team that worked closely with Oddworld Inhabitants – the HD version of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is going back to DX. In case you were unaware of, Stranger’s Wrath is an OpenGL game and – naturally – there were some performance issues with it. The team hopes that both incompatibility and performance issues will be resolved with the HD version of the game, as it will run on the DirectX API.
As a result of that, the PC version of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath will be delayed by about two-three months. Therefore, it is currently scheduled for a March 2012 release and it will come as a free patch, meaning that it will be free to all owners of the game’s SD version.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD features the game’s 84 character models with increased polygon counts and high resolution textures, including Stranger’s unique “Live Ammo” system for fluid movement, as well as upgraded in-game locations with high resolution textures, along with reflective surfaces and textured vegetation. In addition, Stranger’s Wrath HD comes with up-sampled in-game audio to 16-bit, 44kHz stereo, with support for 5.1 DTS/Dolby Digital surround sound.