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Explore, play and celebrate the origins of one gaming's most iconic characters.
Explore, play and celebrate the origins of one of gaming's most iconic characters.
Explore, play and celebrate the origins of one of gaming's most iconic characters.
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Oddworld: Abe's Origins is the ultimate exploration and celebration of an icon, his world and his adventures. An exclusive book and game collection created in collaboration with Oddworld Inhabitants. 

Freshly unearthed concept art, original game design documents, brand new interviews with the Oddworld creators and more, presented in a lovingly-crafted, premium hard cover book.

Join us as we uncover the creativity, artistry and ingenuity that spawned this most unlikely of heroes.

Oddworld: Abe’s Origins cover design concept
Oddworld: Abe’s Origins cover design concept

Alongside the book, we are also producing an exclusive physical game package. We've teamed-up with Oddworld Inhabitants and Limited Run Games to produce the Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection. 

Featuring both the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus on PC DVD, the Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection is available exclusively through this campaign and gives backers an opportunity to own a slice of history that will not be available anywhere else. 

See 'The Game' section below for more info on the contents of this collector's item.

Together, the Oddworld: Abe's Origins hard cover book and the Game Collection offer a unique package that invites Abe's legion of fans to explore his story and experience his adventures. 

Oddworld: Abe’s Origins Game Collection. Exclusive to Kickstarter.
Oddworld: Abe’s Origins Game Collection. Exclusive to Kickstarter.

In 1997 we were presented with Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, a game that broke boundaries, changed the rules and gave us Abe. 21 years later, Oddworld: Abe's Origins tells the story of how Abe, his world, his friends and his foes originally came to be, and have evolved since then.

From Abe's Oddysee to Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee to Strangers Wrath, New 'n' Tasty through to the upcoming Soulstorm, Oddworld is a diverse and fantastical place. 

With full access to Oddworld Inhabitants' archives, this book embraces that diversity to illustrate how the adventures of a once lowly Mudokon grew to leave a grand and lasting legacy.

Delve into the origins of an unlikely hero
Delve into the origins of an unlikely hero
Sligs, Oddworld's race of merciless enforcers
Sligs, Oddworld's race of merciless enforcers

A cache of original art, concept sketches, design documents and level design notes have been recently rediscovered by Oddworld co-founder Lorne Lanning where they have sat untouched for years.

A fraction of these riches are currently being shared through Oddworld's own Lost Archives project on InstagramWe have privileged access to the entire, vast collection from which this small sample has been drawn, consisting of thousands of individual pieces of art, development team communications, wire frame models, and more - and we're using it to document Abe's world like never before.

Combine this access with brand new interviews with the Oddworld team and our own exacting production standards and you have an essential volume for Abe fans and anyone interested in video game design and creation.

Created by Indie By Design, Oddworld: Abe's Origins comes off the back of the critically acclaimed Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation.

Interior design featuring SoulStorm Brew & Slig imagery
Interior design featuring SoulStorm Brew & Slig imagery
The Glukkons, Oddworld's primary antagonists and leading industrialists
The Glukkons, Oddworld's primary antagonists and leading industrialists

Book Specification

  • Case bound hard cover
  • 280mm x 215mm
  • Litho print
  • Section sewn 16pp, separate ends
  • Multiple finishes on cover, including foil blocking and engraving
  • Premium 160gsm matte art paper - Upgraded via stretch goal!
  • ~240 pages - Upgraded via stretch goal, now 20% more pages!

Final design specs of both Oddworld: Abe's Origins hard cover book and Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection are subject to change and improvement as the project evolves. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

Follow the story of Abe and Oddworld
Follow the story of Abe and Oddworld
A small selection of Oddworld concept documents
A small selection of Oddworld concept documents

A note on benefactors 

Oddworld: Abe's Origins will proudly feature a 'Benefactors' section listing the names of all those who back the creation of the book via this Kickstarter campaign. Without you this project wouldn't be possible and we want your participation to be reflected in the finished book.

Prior to the book being printed we will contact you to confirm if and how you would like to see your name presented. At this point, you can choose to include your name however you would like to see it (within reasonable limits). If you would prefer, you can opt to include somebody else's name in your place (as a gift or dedication, for example).

Backers can submit one name to the benefactor list for each copy of the book that they pledge for, so if pledging for two copies you can nominate two names etc.

Environmental and level design sketches
Environmental and level design sketches

A note on Kickstarter exclusives

This project features a number of Kickstarter exclusives:

  • Our Kickstarter prices are all 'early bird' and exclusive in nature. The book will retail at a higher price upon its general release next year.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection is exclusive to this Kickstarter and pledge manager pre-orders. It has been created in conjunction with Limited Run Games exclusively for our campaign. 
  • Only backers who pledge during the Kickstarter campaign will be eligible to have their name featured in the book, this option will not be available via pre-orders placed via the pledge manager.
  • If our campaign is funded in seven days, the unlocked bookmark will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will not be available via the pledge manager.  
  • Unlocked stretch goals may feature further rewards that are exclusive to Kickstarter backers. See 'Stretch Goals' below for more info as the campaign unfolds.

Featuring both the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus games on PC DVD, the Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection is produced in partnership with Limited Run Games and is available exclusively through this campaign. 

Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection, produced in association with Limited Run Games
Oddworld: Abe's Origins Game Collection, produced in association with Limited Run Games

The Game Collection's current contents are:

  • DRM-free Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus original code on PC-DVD
  • DVD case to match the cover of the book
  • New Employee Handbook (physical booklet)
  • Physical art cards x4 - Unlocked via stretch goal! (see "project update 4" for more on these)
  • OST of Abe's Oddysee on the disc - Unlocked via stretch goal!
  • High quality, big box PC packaging to house it all. They way they used to make 'em!

Backers at The Book and Game tier will also receive the following digital rewards:

  • Download keys for Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus
  • Download keys for Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee & Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath - Unlocked via stretch goal!
  • OST of Abe's Oddysee- Unlocked via stretch goal!
  • New Employee Handbook - Unlocked via stretch goal!
  • Digital art cards x4
  • Additional digital rewards outlined below that apply to "All Reward Tiers"

Like the book, this collector's item has benefited from its own stretch goals during the campaign. This physical game collection will not be available anywhere else beyond this Kickstarter and post-campaign pledge manager pre-orders.

Together, the Oddworld: Abe's Origins hard cover book and Game Collection is the ultimate package for fans of our Mudokon friend.

We've already made a number of very particular choices concerning the use of premium materials to ensure Oddworld: Abe's Origins achieves our high standards of quality.

But there's more we'd like to do, and that's where all of you and the overall success of this campaign will play a part. 

Add-on revealed  

We're pleased to be able to offer the following four bookmarks as the Abe Set. To add this set to your pledge, simply add £8 to your pledge via the "Manage Pledge" button on our Kickstarter page.

The many faces of our (unlikely) legendary hero - complete the first set by adding £8 to your pledge!
The many faces of our (unlikely) legendary hero - complete the first set by adding £8 to your pledge!

Every backer will receive a free Abe bookmark unique from those above (see project update 2 for more details). 

The four additional bookmarks pictured here form a collector's set that you can add to your pledge.

Further bookmark sets are planned for release post-campaign and will be available via the CrowdOx pledge-manager (more on what a pledge manager is and how it works will feature in an update in the very near future). 

For now, what you need to know is that in order to get this bookmark set you can simply add £8 to your pledge via the "Manage Pledge" button on our Kickstarter page

This option will also be available later in the pledge manager. 

Any additional funds raised here contribute to unlocking further stretch goals!

Smashed in just two days! Abe bookmark for every Kickstarter backer.
Smashed in just two days! Abe bookmark for every Kickstarter backer.
You did it! This special, double stretch goal is now unlocked.
You did it! This special, double stretch goal is now unlocked.
Oddworld wallpapers for all backers - another Kickstarter exclusive reward!
Oddworld wallpapers for all backers - another Kickstarter exclusive reward!
Abe's Oddysee soundtrack unlocked, on the disc and as digital download!
Abe's Oddysee soundtrack unlocked, on the disc and as digital download!
Thicker, silkier paper
Thicker, silkier paper
1650 backers of the Game Tier will unlock TWO additional digital download games to be added to the collection
1650 backers of the Game Tier will unlock TWO additional digital download games to be added to the collection
           

And that's all, folks! 

Those are our final stretch goals to be revealed. 

Thank you for making this project amazing, and for pushing it every step of the way!

Oddworld: Abe's Origins Book and Game Collection
Oddworld: Abe's Origins Book and Game Collection

Shipping will be handled after the Kickstarter campaign ends. 

This will enable us to source the most appropriate shipping services for your region and negotiate the best prices based on the final volume of backers.

Simply, the more backers we have the cheaper the shipping will be for each and every backer. In addition, we will be subsidising overall shipping to avoid any unreasonable fees. 

We will use a pledge manager to collect shipping addresses and charge shipping costs based on your location and selected rewards. 

The below are representative of upper estimated prices per region.

Estimated upper limit for shipping of Reward Tier 1 (The Book):

  • Zone 1: Canada, USA - £8
  • Zone 2: EU (incl. UK) - £8 
  • Zone 3: Non-EU and Remote Europe (Switzerland, Ukraine, Malta, Cyprus, Iceland) - £15
  • Zone 4: South East Asia (ASEAN Region), Japan, South Korea, India, Australia - £18
  • Zone 5: Rest of World - £20

For Reward Tier 2 (The Book and The Game) add the following: 

  • Zone 1: +£6
  • Zone 2 - 5:+£11

These figures are representative of upper prices for shipping costs and we will be working with our fulfillment partners to bring these costs down as much as possible. The more backers we have the cheaper shipping will be.

Shipping will be charged shortly before rewards are sent out, with estimated delivery for book and game being April 2019.

Indie by Design was founded in 2015 by Stace Harman and John Robertson with the successful Kickstarter campaign for Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation.  

Our books aim to explore and celebrate all that is unique and engaging about video games. By blending words, images and bespoke design we strive to present physical books that shed new light on the art and stories of innovative digital experiences, worlds and icons. 

We’re excited to be working with Oddworld Inhabitants and to apply our approach and passion to Abe’s universe. With your backing we can create something unique that befits this most unlikely of heroes.   

You can find out more about us and our first book here: IndieByDesign.net 

Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation
Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation

Response to Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation

"There's an uncompromising quality to the book." The SixthAxis ​  

"A tribute to indie games." IndieGames.com  ​  

"Thank you for literally documenting a part of the history of the medium and the creativity that flows throughout it, its art and the creators." Rami Ismail, Vlambeer ​  

"Hmmm, I'm not a very eloquent man... The book is important, but I don't have the word-library to explicate myself..." Teddy Lee, Cellar Door Games

4.4 / 5 -  average rating GoodReads.com

"Illuminating insights into the state of independent video game development." 5 / 5 Paul J

5 / 5 - average rating Amazon

"Insightful to read, beautiful to look at." 5 / 5 Gino M

Oddworld and all related characters and elements © Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. 

Risks and challenges

Having been through the production, publishing and distribution process, we're well prepared to foresee and deal with any potential delays.

Our threshold for quality is high and our experienced and dedicated team is always working to further refine and improve our processes.

All this said, it is possible that there may be delays. Possible delays may be associated with game production, print queues, distribution and shipping. Depending on stretch goals unlocked, production may involve more complex design and printing processes. However, we have factored additional time into our schedule to accommodate any changes.

We will ensure that you are informed of our progress every step of the way, and we commit to regular updates throughout the Kickstarter campaign and thereafter.

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    The Book

    One copy of Oddworld: Abe's Origins hard cover book.

    All unlocked Book Stretch Goals

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    The Book and The Game

    One copy of the book, one copy of the big box game collection, plus digital download codes.

    All unlocked Book and Game Collection Stretch Goals

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