Oddboxx released at 50% off to kick off Steam Holiday Sale

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The news today regarding the Oddboxx contains all kinds of goodness.  First, the game is scheduled for release on Steam next Monday, December 20.  The game's official site will also have extra content (like soundtracks and more) on December 20.  The Oddboxx will hit other digital distribution sites later in the week (most likely December 23).  But wait, there's more!

You'll be able to purchase the Oddboxx at a 50% discount on launch day.  The regular price will only set you back $25.00 to get all four games so they'll be practically giving it away on Monday.  If you miss it on Monday, it will remain at a 25% discount all through the Steam Holiday Sale.

That's right, the press release included confirmation of the Annual Steam Holiday Sale.  We all "knew" that Steam was going to have a Holiday sale.  That's what they do - discount games and take all of our extra money.  This year the Holiday Sale will kick off on Monday and will run through January 3.  

Needless to say, there is a lot for PC gamers to look forward to for the rest of this year.  This will be a good time to pick up the Orange Box (for my previous post).  I'll also be looking for Singularity to go on sale.  Are there any deals you are hoping to see?
Here's the first release date announcement.

Steam is first with Oddboxx, which will have the game for sale on the 20th December. Everyone else we're expecting to hit on and around the 23rd of December.

Also, make sure you point to Oddworld.com on the 20th - we're putting out some freebies for fans, including a soundtrack promo with tracks from:

Abe's Oddysee - Josh Gabriel and Ellen Meijers

Munch's Oddysee - Michael Bross

Stranger's Wrath - Michael Bross

Josh Gabriel is more famously known for his Progressive House / Trance DJ / musician work as part of Gabriel and Dresden, and as himself, for the track 'Deep Down'.

Ellen Meijers has composed games including Lego Star Wars 2, Star Wars Battlefront and Mercenaries for Lucas Arts. She continues to compose game soundtrack to this day.

Michael Bross is another noted game composer, with work presently occurring on the games FireFall, and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One.

LOS ANGELES, U.S.A. – December 17th 2010
Today, Worldwide, Oddworld Inhabitants is announcing the Steam release date for the Oddboxx, containing four of its critically-acclaimed and award-winning classic games; Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath for PC owners.
The games will be released on Steam on the 20th of December, 2010.
IGN D2D, Stardock, Amazon, GamersGate and more, soon-to-be-announced retail download services, will also release Oddboxx, close to this release date.
The release of Oddboxx will also coincide with the first day of the Annual Steam Holiday Sale, meaning that during the first 24 hours of release, the game will be sold with 50% of its marked price discounted.
After this and until January 3rd, a 25% discount will apply to the marked price.
The Steam Holiday Sale runs from the 20th of December, through to January 3rd, as do the discounts above, exclusively through Steam. 
Although the Oddboxx will be a generously-priced download that contains all four of these much-loved games, players can opt to buy the games individually.
Meanwhile, for those who make today their last day to surf the net for gaming news, make sure you check www.Oddworld.com on December 20th to receive some special treats we’ve been preparing for you guys.
We have yet more information and to come. Stay tuned…

Spanning thirteen years of one-of-a-kind gaming experiences, this package aims to give fans old and new an affordable and convenient way to enjoy these games once again, with a few new additions and enhancements, to be announced in the run-up to its release date.
The games featured in the Oddboxx are as follows:
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, 1997– The first Oddworld Inhabitants release that introduced loveable Mudokon factory-slave Abe to the world. Abe, an exploited factory worker, discovers a dark secret about his missing co-workers and learns that he must overturn his greedy corporate captors, to save his enslaved brothers and himself. This platform puzzle game classic introduced the much-lauded gamespeak innovation and unparalleled CG quality visuals that helped it achieve an 85% metacritic rating.
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, 1998– The bonus sequel to Abe’s Oddysee that was not part of the Quintology, but gave Oddworld Inhabitants an opportunity to improve on the gameplay of Oddysee, while also adding depth to Abe’s tale within Oddworld. The critics agreed that OI had succeeded in its aims, evident by its 88% metacritic rating.
And released to PC platforms for the FIRST TIME…
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, 2001– The second game in the Oddworld Quintology was also the first Oddworld game in full 3D. Munch is one of last ‘Gabbits’; a race endangered by the activities of the nefarious Vykkers Laboratory. With the help of Abe, hero of the previous Exoddus and Oddysee games, Munch leads the quest save to his kind from extinction, in this mix of adventure, strategy, puzzle and platform gameplay. The game achieved a Metacritic average of 80%.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, 2005– The fourth game from Oddworld Inhabitants, is also considered by many as one of the best Xbox games of all time. Stranger’s Wrath, tells the tale of a bounty hunter, who while catching criminals for moolah, is attempting to conceal a secret that if revealed, could endanger his life. The first full-on action title in the series, mixing 3rd and 1st person combat / shooter gameplay, the game was set in the Wild West of Oddworld, far from the industrial lands that housed Abe and Munch’s tales. The game adapted Oddworld’s unique Gamespeak feature, using it more as a soft hint system to give the game wide player accessibility without ‘dumbing the game down’. The game also debuted a ‘live ammo’ concept where the ammunition was made of living creatures, and had to be caught for the player to use. The game was globally very well-received, achieving a Metacritic of 88%.

Formed in 1994 by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants is dedicated to creating the next generation of interactive entertainment.

Beginning with its debut products, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee® and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus®, Oddworld mixed a potent brew of Hollywood artistry with rock solid gameplay to produce experiences rich in emotionality, empathy and entertainment value. Combined sales of the company’s first products are in excess of three million units and climbing. Both games have been a hit with established gamers and non-gamers alike: 18% of Europeans who purchased Abe’s Exoddus were women.

Through Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee, Stranger’s Wrath and the games yet to follow, Oddworld is introducing a collection of characters set in a common universe, sharing the highest standards of creativity, quality and unforgettable personality. More than actors in a play, the inhabitants of Oddworld are A.L.I.V.E.: Aware Lifeforms In Virtual Entertainment® with their own physical needs, emotional quirks and unforgettable personalities.
Our mission is simple: for Oddworld’s Inhabitants to live in every home.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Awards        
2006 - Best of the Best Award – “Coups de coeur”      Xbox Mag France    
2006 - Best of IGN : Xbox – Most Innovative Design, Runner-up              
2006 - Gamespot - Best Graphics, Artistic, Finalist               
2006 - smh.com.au - Best 50 Games Ever                          
2005 - G4Phoria Awards - Best Cinematics and “Best Character” – Nominations
2005 - jeuxvideo - Must buy for Xmas list                 

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee Awards                 
2002 - Xbox IGN  - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Story of 2001             
2002 - Xbox IGN  - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Graphics of 2001
2002 - Xbox IGN - Nominee, Readers’ Choice, Best Xbox Sound of 2001
2002 - PLAY - No.1, Best Characters     
2002 - OXM - Xbox Elite Award for Excellence           
2002 - Edge UK - Best in Show Xbox Games, E3 2001                   
2002 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Best Xbox Game -E3 2002 Review               
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus Awards
1999 - Electronic Gaming Monthly  - The EGM Slick 50 List, Nominee, Console Adventure Game of the Year            
1999 - E3 Best of Show - Winners List   
1998 - Game Informer, “Top 25 PSX Games Ever” List                  
1998 - GameFan - E3 Top Ten Games            
1998 - GamePro - E3 Showstopper                 

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Awards
1998 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Best Voice Acting Award
1997 - World Animation Festival - Best Director CD ROM/Game Platform            
1997 - Multimedia Wire - Wire Award for Games                 
1997 - Video Game Approval - Parent’s Choice Foundation
1997 - Electronic Gaming Monthly - Silver Review Award
1997 - Escape UK - Console Game of the Month-Nov.

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