Sunday, April 17, 2005
Intreview with Lorne Lanning
It's 'game over' for Oddworld's creator Lanning
From The Hollywood Reporter comes an excellent interview with the creator of the Oddworld series of games. To sum up, Lanning had a bad experience with EA and the PS2 port of the latest Oddworld game. He took a look at the trends in the video game industry. Especially in terms of development costs, and decided to pull the plug on the game studio. Oddworld Inhabitants will now focus on movies and TV content. It seems to be a numbers thing with Lanning. For the amount of money that a publisher throws into the game they wanted to hold all rights to the IP. Lanning and OI did not want to give up any of the IP for their creations so Lanning shuttered it and moved away from the game business.