Game Informer: The Brutal Ballad of Fangus [2005]

Date: April 2005

Source: Game Informer, Issue 144, p. 24

NEW ODDWORLD ALREADY IN WORKS

Oddworld is back on the map, and the series is wasting no time keeping its good fortunes going. Developer Oddworld Inhabitants has announced the follow-up to Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, titled Fangus. The game takes places in the forested hills of a land known as Fangustan. Our new hero is Fangus, a shepherd that dutifully fends off predators and leads the beasts under his charge to popberry fields — until one day when Invaders arrive and thrust Fangus into the role of savior for all the nations of Oddworld. Fangus has his own personal race against time; he must thwart the Invaders’ plans before the madness of rabies engulfs him.

Publisher Majesco says that the title will likely receive an M-rating from the ESRB because of its darker content. Perhaps this is a reason why Stranger’s Wrath publisher Electronic Arts is not handling the project. The mix of third- and first-person action from the last Oddworld title returns, as does GameSpeak and destructible environments. However, this is just the beginning for Fangus. Getting to utilize the shepherd’s less-than-cuddly flock is surely on the agenda. Fangus will appear on Xbox sometime next year, but keep your eyes peeled for more.