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What We Know About Album 59

Album 58 hasn't even finished airing and we're already getting info on Album 59. Watch out for spoilers if you haven't heard all of Album 58 yet. First, we have a title: Taking the Plunge. We also have the final (or near final) album art


Update!
We now also have the summary for the album.

In the all-new album, Taking the Plunge, your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are faced with life decisions and hard lessons. Will Penny “take the plunge” and say yes to Wooton’s marriage proposal? Will Eugene solve a mystery about missing money? Will Buck make the right kind of new friends? Will Olivia discover how to create a perfect family? Take the plunge into adventure and learn valuable life lessons about commitment, conflict, expectations, and secrets in six audio dramas from the award-winning team celebrating 27 years of fun and entertainment for the entire family!

From what we see from the cover and the summary, this album will only contain 6 episodes. This is quite a switch, especially considering Album 58 had 14 episodes and all other canonical albums before that had exactly 12.

Odyssey did something similar back in 2005 and 2006 with Albums 44 and 45 respectively. After the 12 episodes in a season aired, instead of releasing a collection of all of those shows, AIO released half-albums. One album contained the first 6 episodes, then another containing the last 6, and ending with a "complete collection" of all 12. Apparently, this was not well received since after Albums 44 and 45 were released this way, the AIO team went back to the normal format of releases.

It will be interesting to see how this will play out, especially with the new way of releasing an album's worth of episodes over the course of a year exclusively on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Album 59: Taking the Plunge is planned to come out in late summer of 2015. Beyond that, little else is known. We'll keep you informed as more info comes in.

What are your thoughts on this new way of releasing Odyssey albums? Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

Austin Peachey

Austin Peachey is a die-hard reader and audio drama fan. He's run the Adventures in Odyssey Blog for over 8 years and has produced a few audio dramas of his own. He's also worked on the 2nd edition of The Official Guide to Odyssey and can be heard on Phil Lollar's Iliad House.

2 comments:

  1. It is a peculiar alternative ever since the conventional 12 episodes for years. I would hope the six episodes to be at least a little longer than most, since there will be fewer to savor. Odyssey is becoming hasty in format I suppose, with the OAC and everything.

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  2. Would you rather get episodes sooner or later? Why are new episodes suddenly a bad thing? People talk as if, if only they weren't releasing just half of them, the whole album would come out. No, if they weren't releasing some early, we wouldn't be getting an album till the usual end of the year!

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