Just Add Water (company)

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Just Add Water (Development) Ltd.
Private
Industry Video game industry
Founded 24 October 2006; 10 years ago (2006-10-24)
Headquarters Otley, England
Key people
  • Stewart Gilray
  • Steven Caslin
Products
Number of employees
16
Website jawltd.com

Just Add Water (Development) Ltd., doing business as Just Add Water, is an independent video game developer based in Otley, West Yorkshire,[1] United Kingdom. Founded by Stewart Gilray in 2006, Just Add Water has worked on different titles for the PlayStation 3 and PC, notably the Oddworld series. They have teamed up with Oddworld Inhabitants, to recreate the series in high definition as well as working on new installments in the series.

History[edit]

Just Add Water was founded in 2006 by Stewart Gilray. Since then the company has developed Gravity Crash, a PlayStation Network exclusive for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.[2]

On 16 July 2010, Just Add Water announced they would start work on multiple Oddworld projects.[3] On 3 September 2010, Just Add Water announced they would be updating Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath in HD with enhanced 720p visuals, more detailed character models, remastered dialogue, PlayStation Move Support and "additional bonus material."[4] A collection containing all four original games called the Oddbox, for Steam service was released on 20 December 2010. Both Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath made their debut on Windows PC with updates including Steamworks, which integrated new features including stats and Steam Achievements.

Just Add Water released Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD for the PlayStation Network on 21 December in Europe and 28 December in North America. They have released an HD Remake of Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD for the PlayStation Network which was released on 19 December in Europe and on Christmas Eve 2012 in North America.

The next new instalments will be a 2D HD re-make of the Abe's Oddysee game, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is to come out in the Summer of 2014 and had a public showing of a pre-alpha footage at Eurogamer Expo 2012.[5] They have announced that they will complete Oddworld: Hand of Odd, which is a real time strategy online game which was halted in the early 2000s, and it shall be released as a Free To Play title. Oddworld Inhabitants have also stated that 'Squeek's Oddysee' is in pre-production phases, with Just Add Water as the developer. In April 2015, Oddworld Inhabitants announced that a ground up remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is in the planning stages and more information about the project will be announced later.[6]

In 2013, Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, asked if a developer would remake the first Metal Gear Solid on the current Fox Engine. Just Add Water sent a letter to Hideo Kojima for permission to work on this project, saying that "we really, really want to do it." [7]

Games[edit]

Release Date Titles Genre Platform(s)
2009 Gravity Crash Multidirectional shooter PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
2011 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD First-person/Third-person action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows
2012 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
2014 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Side-scrolling, Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox One
2014 Gravity Crash Ultra[8] Multidirectional shooter PlayStation Vita
2015 I am Bread[9] Action-adventure, simulation PlayStation 4
2015 Volume[10] Stealth game PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
2015 Poncho[11] Platform PlayStation 4
2016 Lumo[12] Platform PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
2016 Volume: Coda[13] Stealth game PlayStation 4
2017 Micro Machines World Series Racing PlayStation 4, Xbox One

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location". Just Add Water (Dev) Ltd. 
  2. ^ : (13 June 2009). "Gravity Crash announced for PlayStation Network". Videogamesblogger.com. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ - By Stephen Johnson (16 July 2010). "Just Add Water Working On Multiple Oddworld Projects". G4tv.com. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Kietzmann, Ludwig (3 September 2010). "Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3 in 2011". Joystiq. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-09-30-oddworld-abes-oddysee-new-n-tasty-revealed-at-eurogamer-expo
  6. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/articles/oddworld-abe-s-exoddus-remake-is-brewing/1100-6426606/ Gamespot Abe's Exxodus Remake Announced
  7. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/27/just-add-water-pitches-for-metal-gear-solid-remake
  8. ^ ""Gravity Crash Ultra" Coming To PlayStation VITA". Just Add Water. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "I am Bread Delivers Fresh-Baked Gaming Goodness on PlayStation 4 This Summer". Just Add Water. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Oddworld developer handling PS4 and Vita versions of Mike Bithell's Volume". 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.jawltd.com/project/poncho/
  12. ^ "Console versions of Lumo developed by JAW!". 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Volume: Coda - JAW Ltd.". Just Add Water. Retrieved 16 March 2016.