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Let’s Start A Twitter Campaign..

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

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..

Tweet #HeavenlySword2ByNinjaTheory to Sony and PlayStation


It’s Rant Time…Heavenly Sword Movie Trailer!!

Posted in Heavenly Sword with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

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.


Tameem’s Edge Diary – Part One

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

It’s March 2003 and I’m sat with some colleagues ready to hear Bungie talk Halo at GDC. Ed Fries, head of Microsoft Games Studios, comes up to us. “We’ve just had our first week sales for Kung Fu Chaos. It’s done 10,000 units.” 10,000 units sounds shit to me. Ed sensing our disdain continues, “That’s good for a week”.

I look at my colleagues. They all have a 10,000-units-sounds-shit expression on their faces.

Rewind to January 2003. We’ve just wrapped up Kung Fu Chaos, our first game at JAM. It was a smooth ride. The best development experience I’ve ever had. Nina, Mike and I founded JAM, scaling up from 3 people working from Mike’s bedroom to 22 people, delivering the game on time and on budget while exceeding all of the quality benchmarks set out by Microsoft. We didn’t even have a crunch period. Contrary to popular opinion everyone we worked with at MS were passionate gamers who really knew what they were doing. The same couldn’t be said for their marketing and PR people who were a bunch of…well, you get the idea.


It started when they first showed an early build of Kung Fu Chaos to the most influential magazines and websites in the US without our knowledge. The game was untextured, had placeholder sound, no effects and the combat was only a rough implementation. From there it just got worse but I’m not going to go through the list of fuck-ups because it drives me nuts just thinking about them. However, as the first reviews come in, things are looking up: 92%; 4 out of 5; 9 out of 10; “One of the best games I’ve ever played” said Penny Arcade; then the US’s biggest print magazine score it 50%. Scratch record. “I want to punch this game in the throat”, they say as they take turns to bash it for being racist. Subsequent reviews also decide to take the moral high ground.

A bunch of gaming magazines, newspapers and radio stations send us mails to offer support and defend the game. The PR guys respond with: “Our goal is to make sure no one talks about this. If we stop them from writing about the game we win”. So only those who think the game is racist are given a voice and the game is left to rot on the shelves with no marketing or PR support. Yet the message we get from MS is that they are interested in a sequel. Ever since we gave them a concept trailer for Kung Fu Chaos, MS have wanted developers to give them trailers to pre-visualise the games they are publishing. We start creating a design doc and a concept trailer for the sequel called Kung Fu Story.

Forward to GDC 2003 again. After hearing the sales figures we know that a sequel isn’t going to happen even though MS is saying otherwise. Our options are looking grim. With no sequel in sight, we have two choices: create a brand new IP or do a work-for-hire gig. Our Kung Fu Chaos engine was really only suited for Kung Fu Chaos and the cost of re-engineering it for a license would mean that we wouldn’t be able to compete with those who specialise in low-cost licenses.

Creating a new IP is looking grim too: our market research shows that sequels and licenses dominate the end of a console cycle. Even if we pull off a new IP, the investment we would have to make on an updated engine would probably only last the one game in the current console lifecycle.


What our research does show is that 3rd person action adventures are big but the first generation games in this genre are always shit. Nina, Mike and I originally came from Sony Cambridge, a studio that specialised in 3rd person action games and so we would be treading familiar ground. If we start now, a full year or two before most developers even think about next-gen development, we would have the time to craft a great game and release it early in the next-gen console cycle. Perhaps we could pull off a Halo.

As expected, several weeks after our presentation to MS, they say no to Kung Fu Story but we are already busy designing a next generation original IP codenamed Heavenly Sword. And so begins this diary of the dreams and nightmares that define next-gen development…

Heavenly Sword Movie!

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , on April 25, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko


Heavenly Sword is getting the CG animated movie treatment, sadly won’t appear in cinemas but will get a straight to dvd release.

Ninja Theory Working On Exciting New Things!

Posted in Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko


50 PlayStation 3 Games That You Should Play Before You Die!

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

24. Heavenly Sword


Emotionally charged, stunningly beautiful and delivering unprecedented dramatic character performance, Heavenly Sword showcased the power of PlayStation 3. A dramatic tale of revenge sees Nariko, a fiery red-haired heroine embark on a quest for vengeance against an invading King and his army. The story builds around the ancient Heavenly Sword which once belonged to a powerful deity. It can never be wielded by a mortal without it draining their life-force, killing them within hours.


Heavenly Sword Sequel?

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

Heavenly Sword was shown 3 times during Sony’s PS4 opening montage.