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The remake, already announced for release on PSN, can only come to XBLA if Microsoft loosens a major restriction. We were extremely excited when we heard that the Oddworld franchise would be getting a revival through British developer Just Add Water. The first game being remade is Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, and the game is coming to PlayStation Network for PS3 sometime next year. So why no Xbox Live Arcade?A post at Just Add Water's website sheds some light on the subject. "One thing we can discuss in regard to the 360 version is the size of the game," the post explains. "On XBLA there is a 2GigaByte size limit we have to adhere to, currently the title weighs in at 2.1GB and that is without any updates, so either we have to pull a miracle out of the bag with some type of amazing compression system, or ask Microsoft to increase their 2GB limit, however this limit is apparently hardware led, so please let us try and make a miracle happen."Microsoft has raised their limit on size of XBLA games several times over the years since the 360's launch, so Microsoft could be forgiven for not wanting to breach the 2GB barrier. However, it's hard to argue against another increase if the results could be an Oddworld game again appearing on a Microsoft console.
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