In case you missed it, we've just published a rather fun feature about Oddworld - the franchise time forgot, that's back with a bang this year. It is my great personal pleasure to present 12 artworks for unreleased Oddworld Inhabitants project the Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot, including some exclusive new images.
Planned in the wake of Stranger's Wrath on Xbox, Fangus was to be a first-person shooter with a rather novel premise. As Just Add Water's studio coordinator Wil Bunce-Edwards explains, "Fangus takes place in a country called Fangustan, far away from Mudos (where the events of all four Oddworld games so far have taken place). Conceptually Fangustan is based on the culture of Eastern Europe, but the story kicks off when it's invaded by a neighbouring country, which is based on Russia."
Fangus himself is "a shepherd who is forced to become a pit fighter by his country's invaders. The game follows his struggle to understand and repel these invaders, while battling the onset of a rabies-like disease." The game would have been "a balanced mixture of third-person with first-person, exactly as Stranger had done, but a hundred times more intense".
"Fangus makes [Stranger's Wrath] look like [Munch's Oddysee]," Bunce-Edwards commented. "There's a lot we could add to the mix, such as operable turrets and vehicles, and Fangus's diseased flock to GameSpeak into combat."
Oddworld Inhabitants is no longer involved with the project, but Just Add Water may take Fangus on if upcoming reboot Abe's Oddysee: New 'n' Tasty is a success. Let's hope it is.