Just Add Water (Development), Ltd. was founded in 2006 by British career developer Stewart Gilray. The studio worked as a sub-contractor on a number of titles before moving onto its first unique project, Sony-published retro shooter Gravity Crash, in 2008. PS3 and PSP versions released in 2009/2010.
JAW went on to sign a far-reaching contract with Lorne Lanning’s Oddworld Inhabitants to develop properties in the Oddworld franchise, a move Gilray describes as a “turning point”. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, a conversion of the 2005 original, released in 2010 for PC then a year later for PS3, then followed in 2012 for PlayStation VITA.
Towards the end of development on Stranger’s Wrath HD, the team moved over to start development on what would become Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, VITA, PC, Mac and Linux.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty launched in July 2014 on PS4 to critical acclaim, with other platforms arriving in the months following. The title did well to beat its own 12 month sales prediction within 2 months of release.
The team also revisited their title Gravity Crash, by creating a PlayStation VITA version titled Gravity Crash Ultra, released in August 2014. 2014 and 2015 has seen JAW work with new Partners and Clients, such as Paradox Interactive, Rising Star Games, Bossa Studios & Mike Bithell, to name but a few.
The team are incredibly proud of the titles they’ve worked on, as they have received critical acclaim, achieving metacritic scores in excess of 80.