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” for the studio. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, a conversion of the 2005 original, released in 2010 for PC then a year later for PS3, then PlayStation VITA in 2012.
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 saw JAW work with new Partners and Clients, such as Paradox Interactive, Rising Star Games, Bossa Studios & Mike Bithell, to name but a few.
In 2017 JAW moved into their new 15th floor offices in Leeds City Centre, allowing them to expand to work on more projects.
As of October 2017, JAW have worked on 28 releases, with another 8 currently in development.