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  Highly anticipated art book is now available for pre-order

15 September 2004, Adelaide, Australia - Ballistic Publishing and Oddworld Inhabitants are pleased to announce that The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants: The First Ten Years 1994 – 2004 has gone to press and is now available for pre-order from the Ballistic Publishing website at www.ballisticpublishing.com. The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants is a stunning coffee-table book compiling images from the first ten years of Oddworld Inhabitants — from Lorne Lanning’s vision of the first Oddworld hero in 1994 to the present. The book is an extraordinarily high quality, fine art publication documenting the story of the art and vision of Oddworld. It also shows how the design process maintained the highest standards of creativity and quality while evolving a whole world populated with odd characters that expressed rich and unforgettable personalities.

“Since Sherry McKenna and I founded Oddworld Inhabitants back in 1994, we have eagerly anticipated the moment when a densely packed and finely printed ‘Art of Oddworld’ book would find life,” said Lorne Lanning, President/Creative Director of Oddworld Inhabitants. “Finally the day has come. This collection of work reflects the intense artistic effort that has gone into the creation of our heroes and their plights.”

“This is the most anticipated title we have released,” said Mark Snoswell, CEO and Artistic Director of Ballistic Publishing. “It’s also the largest book we have created. Both Oddworld Inhabitants and Ballistic Publishing have worked long and hard to create a stunning art book that will appeal to everyone. This is it – the whole thing. Everything everyone could want to know or see about the evolution of the world’s visually richest game franchise.”

Filled with stunning examples of beautiful artwork including production design sketches, colour roughs, storyboards, game screens and CG/FMV stills, The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants takes us through an incredible gallery of astonishing images. The book also features exclusive artwork from Oddworld Inhabitants that has never been seen before.

The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants is available for pre-order from Ballistic Publishing in three editions: paperback, hard cover and a numbered leather-bound Limited Edition for collectors. The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants begins shipping in December 2004, and rush deliveries for Christmas are available to customers that order early. Pre-orders are now available at the Ballistic Publishing website: www.ballisticpublishing.com.

About Ballistic Publishing and Ballistic Media
Ballistic Publishing, based in Adelaide, Australia, is dedicated to creating the highest quality publications for the Computer Graphics (CG) and digital art community. It is setting high standards in all areas of publishing from the quality of content, design, delivery and responsiveness to market. More information is available from the Ballistic Publishing website at www.ballisticpublishing.com. Ballistic Publishing is part of Ballistic Media who also own and run the world’s leading digital art forums and news sites www.CGTalk.com and www.CGNetworks.com.

About Oddworld Inhabitants
Formed in 1994 by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants is dedicated to creating the next generation of interactive entertainment. Their unique facility in San Luis Obispo, California, has attracted top video game and computer animation talent from all over the world.

Beginning with its debut products, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee®, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus®, and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee®, Oddworld mixed a potent brew of Hollywood artistry with rock-solid gameplay to produce experiences rich in emotionality, empathy and entertainment value. Combined sales of the company’s first products are in excess of four million units and climbing. Production is nearing completion on their fourth game, Oddworld Stranger™.

Oddworld is introducing a collection of characters set in a common universe, sharing the highest standards of creativity, quality, and unforgettable personality. More than actors in a play, the Inhabitants of Oddworld are alive with their own physical needs, emotional quirks and unforgettable personalities.

Visit the Oddworld website at www.oddworld.com.

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Leonard Teo , Ballistic Media
Email: marketing@ballisticmedia.net
Ph: +61 8 8388 5966


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