Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath could be headed to XBLA, size matters

When I heard of the return of the Stranger in Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, I have to admit that a wave of nostalgia washed over me. I have wasted many a hour in the universe created by Oddworld Inhabitants and was looking forward to this next bit of gaming goodness until I realized it was only on the PlayStation 3. Now, don’t get all flame-y on me, I love the PS3 – it’s just that the controller still feels a bit wonky in my hands. Thankfully, developer Just Add Water has clarified their position on the ‘exclusivity’ of the title, giving hope to a less wonkified gaming experience.

In a blog post on their website, Just Add Water briefly states that they are not a PS3 exclusive, going so far as to insist that they consider themselves a “multi-platform company, supporting the big 3, PC/PS3 & 360.” The statement goes on to say that while the final decision is not theirs, the are actively in talks with Microsoft in order to get the remastered Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath onto Xbox Live Arcade.

“One thing we can discuss in regard to the 360 version is the size of the game,” says Just Add Water. “On XBLA there is a 2GigaByte size limit we have to adhere to, currently the title weighs in at 2.1GB and that is without any updates, so either we have to pull a miracle out of the bag with some type of amazing compression system, or ask Microsoft to increase their 2GB limit, however this limit is apparently hardware led, so please let us try and make a miracle happen.”

Come on, Microsoft. What’s point one of a gigabyte between friends?