Stewart Gilray, veteran game developer behind Oddworld remasters, has died

Longtime UK game developer Stewart Gilray died Thursday after contracting Covid-19 in December, reports JeuxIndustrie.biz. Gilray founded the Just Add Water games studio in 2006, specializing in harbors and remastering work as well as original game development.

Gilray’s game development career dates back to well before the founding of Just Add Water. In the early 90s, he was a programmer on Amiga games including Darkmere, released by Tomb Raider Core Design studio, and Bullfrog Productions’ Powermonger, designer Peter Molyneux’s sequel to Populous.

Gilray’s studio Just Add Water is best known for helping revitalize the Oddworld series. In 2010, Just Add Water took over the development of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, bringing this unique shooter game to PC and new consoles. The studio then created an HD port of Oddworld: Munch’s Odysee, and also co-developed Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, a full remake of the first game in the series.

According to GameIndustry.biz, Gilray was hospitalized with Covid-19 on December 20. He died on January 6 at the age of 51.

The developers have posted messages on Twitter praising Gilray since the news broke.

“It’s amazing to think that we lost Stewart Gilray today at the age of 51”, wrote Mike Mika, director of the Digital Eclipse studio. “CEO and Founder of Just Add Water, but more so a prominent figure and role model for success in games, not just monetary success, but success in all that matters. RIP.”

“Covid cut his life short and destroyed so much. He was the nicest guy I know, stubborn as hell, and always there for me”, wrote Q-Games CEO Dylan Cuthbert.

Gilray is survived by his wife, son and daughter.