Just Add Water was founded in 2006 by British career developer Stewart Gilray. The studio worked as a sub-contractor for five games before moving onto its first unique project, Sony-published retro shooter Gravity Crash, in 2008. PS3 and PSP versions released in 2009.
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 remake of the 2005 original, released in 2011 for PS3. Vita, and updated PC versions are in development.
Future announced Oddworld projects include Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee HD and Oddworld: Hand of Odd.
Just Add Water employs ten staff members and is based in Otley, West Yorkshire.