He's been out of the game industry for a while, but Lorne Lanning wants to return to it. Though he's not sure when that'll be nor what he'll make.
It's been six years since Lorne Lanning was last involved with a videogame. Admittedly, he left the industry on a pretty high note back in 2005, having produced the critically-acclaimed Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath. However, even though he closed his game development studio so he could work on TV and film projects, it turns out that Lanning constantly thinks about getting back into the game industry.
While Lanning recently teamed up with Just Add Water to work on new Oddworld projects, the man is actually considering totally original projects on a constant basis. Speaking to Eurogamer recently, Lanning explained what he's been looking at doing:
"We're looking at this all the time.
"They way I'm looking now is, how do I turn YouTube and Facebook into one game? That's the game-ified thing I'm focused on right now. If we figure that out, and I think we have, then it's a game changer.
"If we're successful with that, which is the intent, then we'll have the money to finance and go back to the Oddworld we all know and love."
Lanning made a point of explaining that he's been reluctant to do more with the Oddworld intellectual property because he doesn't want to give up control of rights to the franchise. He also wanted to reassure Odworld fans that there's still more Oddworld projects being planned.
"Am I going to make something again?" he explained. "Absolutely. The question is in what format, and what does that look like, and in what genre? That I'm not sure about."