Oddworld: Soulstorm is coming in the latter half of 2017

[Update]: Oddworld: Soulstorm has now hopped onto PC and PlayStation.

The classic Oddworld platformer series returned from the dead last year with the well received Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, a modern remake of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee.

Given the success of New 'n' Tasty its not surprising that Oddworld: Soulstorm has been announced today, but what is uprising is that its not going to be a remake of Abe's Exodus, a sequel to Abe's Oddysee, but rather a brand new game with a much darker and sinister plot.

After defeating his former boss and bringing down the revolting RuptureFarms, Abe and 300 of his fellow Mudokons finally got a taste of true freedom. Unfortunately for them, freedom was a code word for a long trek through a scorching desert with no food, water, or place to call home. Stranded and near death, the refugees found salvation in a strange new brew - "a delicious drink that has insidious ramifications for their newfound freedom".

According to the developers, Soulstorm is going to feature a much deeper, darker, and mature story that they never had the chance to tell with New 'n' Tasty. It will still be similar in theme to the other Oddworld games, but this time around from a completely new angle. As usual with the Oddworld series, expect Soulstorm to continue chewing up themes of environmentalism, capitalism, consumerism and addictions, themes that made the original games last far beyond their somewhat clunky mechanics.

If you're itching for some more information head over to the Oddworld website where the developers are currently doing a slow reveal of the new and improved Abe. And if you feel particularly lucky, 100 people from the pool of those that subscribe to the newsletter will by chosen by tossing of the paramite's claw and granted a free copy of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on Steam.

Soulstorm is set to arrive, drunk on mystery brew, in the latter half of 2017.