I’ve made a twitter for all things Ninja Theory, if you have a twitter be sure to follow. I’ll be tweeting like crazy when they announce their new game.
As part of this year’s GDC Europe Design track, Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades is planning to give a talk currently titled “The AAA Design Postmortem.”
The session will detail the 14-year journey of Ninja Theory, creators of standout titles like Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Journey To The West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, including the sacrifices and concessions made by the studio to stay in the game. Footage of unreleased games, the reason why they didn’t go to market, and the specific sales-related decisions that led to their demise will be discussed in detail.
British developer Antoniades also plans to showcase previously unseen upcoming games, as well as the unrealized sequel to Kung Fu Chaos, and various other pitches that Ninja Theory had to put on ice or walk away from. With the next generation consoles arriving at the top end, just as mobile and indie games have taken hold at the bottom, Antoniades plans to explore whether or not there is room for a third path that turns the “squeezed middle,” where many a good studio has disappeared, into an opportunity to redefine gaming: the AAA indie game.
GDC Europe takes place this year in Cologne, Germany, from Aug. 8-13.
Ninja Theory’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, first released in 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, is now available for purchase on Steam and the PlayStation Store as part of a “Premium Edition” re-release.
The new release includes the original game — an action adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic retelling of classic Chinese tale Journey to the West — as well as downloadable add-on Pigsy’s Perfect 10 and three character skins: Ninja Monkey, Classic Monkey and Sexy Trip.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition is available for Windows PC and PlayStation 3 for $19.99.
Ninja Theory and Namco Bandai appear to be planning some form of re-release for their 2010 action adventure game,, according to a new rating by Australia’s classification board.
The board issued a new rating for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Premium Edition today, which is separate from a similar rating issued three years ago prior to the game shipping on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The original Enslaved received an expansion, Pigsy’s Perfect 10, about two months after the game was released, which may be part of the Premium Edition version of the game.
The rating may also point to a PC port of Enslaved, which was spotted in an unofficial Steam database months ago. Ninja Theory’s previous console game, DmC: Devil May Cry, was released for Windows PC shortly after it hit PS3 and Xbox 360. Both titles run on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a re-imagining of classic Chinese tale Journey to the West, set in a post-apocalyptic future.
Do you want Heavenly Sword 2 as much as I do?
Let’s take action and tweet Sony and PlayStation and tell them we want this..
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I didn’t want to talk about this or give it ANY attention what so ever but it’s annoyed me sooo much that I need to vent.
I will not post the trailer since it’s so bad it will make my eyes bleed if I ever watch it again.
Nariko is played once again by Anna Torv, sad thing is Anna sounds very wooden in her portrayal of Nariko in this film and I’m not sure I blame her with some of the truly crappy dialogue they’ve given her.
King Bohan is now played by Alfred Molina, I have nothing against Alfred in fact I think he’s a great actor and I loved his performance in Spider-man 2 but if you’re a big HS fan like me you know only one man can play Bohan and that is Andy Serkis.
Who the heck is this guy, well apparently this is Nariko’s brother Loki (looks like someone didn’t play the Ninja Theory game)
Here is the exact quote from the intro to Heavenly Sword by Nariko herself…
“I should not have been, it was written that 23 years ago in the year of the firehorse. A deity would be reborn in the body of a mortal man. A saviour, destined to unite our people and show us the way to the promise land. Instead I was born from my mother’s dying body and my people wept. They said I was a portent of doom..maybe they were right.”
This plainly states Nariko is the ONLY child of Shen and his wife. This was one of the most important aspects of Heavenly Sword, Nariko’s isolation from her father and the other members of the clan because they hated her for being a ‘curse’.
Kai is back too but I’m unsure who plays her, but it doesn’t sound like Lydia Baksh (who played Kai in the video game) She isn’t shown enough to know if she is exactly like her video game character.
The way he says this is so creepy it’s like he’s hitting on them or something *yuck*
There are a lot of glaring mistakes in this film too.
First mistake I noticed in the trailer.. a clan member is seen taking Kai’s necklace and teasing her, the clan NEVER did this, In fact I’d say Kai was popular with them. (she was found by Nariko and quickly welcomed into the clan) Kai is Nariko’s only friend and adopted little sister.
Nariko’s sleeve is on the wrong side but in the next shot in the trailer
It’s back on the left, Nariko’s top must have magical shoulder swapping powers.
I never saw horses in the final battle.
The Heavenly Sword is an ancient and mystical weapon, but it never fired beams of light into the sky.
Not a mistake but.. this was one of my favourite sequences from the game (The Goddess) and I just know this crappy film will do this incredible scene no justice.
Well my rant is officially over, let’s hope this movie fades into obscurity and is never mentioned again.