El Shaddai director buys IP rights from original publisher

Japanese company Crim says it intends to "develop a potential El Shaddai business moving forward."

Japanese company Crim, which is headed up by El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron director Takeyasu Sawaki, has bought the rights to the series off the now Disney-owned UTV Ignition.

The original game, inspired by the Jewish religious work The Book of Enoch, was released in 2011. GameSpot awarded the game an 8.0 in its review at the time, saying that it "combines gorgeous artistic design with enticing combat to create a memorable adventure."

News of the purchase (translated via Gematsu), says the sale entails "prequel, sequel, and all other derivative rights of the existing game," suggesting a new title in the series could be in the works.

Crim has also said it "will work with the entertainment industry to develop a potential El Shaddai business moving forward."

A social media title, El Shaddai Social Battle, was announced in 2012 in partnership with GREE.

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17 comments
FallenOneX
FallenOneX

beautiful game... still need to pick that one up.

voljin1987
voljin1987

combat was boring.. but the landscapes... i think removing the combat altogether and making it an exploration title like journey would be perfect..

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

I would love to see more. It was a beautiful game, but I found the combat to be pretty tedious. 

firedrakes
firedrakes

i played it but their was no control instructions for some reason in the game

Liquid-San
Liquid-San

Never played the first one, but this game looked amazing and I'll pick it up one day as we're suffering from a creative drought in video games. This game looks like it should have a sequel. I personally don't like open world either, but imagine it in free roam with the superb visuals.

RepoxMan1225
RepoxMan1225

The fact this only has 7 comments right now is a testament to how well this game got over, but I have to say I'd like to see more in the future, as the first one had a brilliant style about it.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

This is one of the most disappointing games I played. I am sorry but pretty artistic graphics don't do enough for me.

Lhomity
Lhomity

I loved El Shaddai. I never did get around to finishing it, but one of these days I will. I look forward to whatever these guys do.

LengisKellickq
LengisKellickq

I love El Shaddai! Hope they make a new one soon for current gen consoles

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

The first game felt like an awkward mess to me so I wouldn't say its good news that the original guys got the IP back. They might make a better game, but a brand new studio would have had a better chance I think.

Stardust7
Stardust7

I loved this game too...art design ,animations ,soundtrack ...really creative ..its landscapes are awesome ...El shaddai is a stunning masterpiece ...but ,you right its underrated.

mystwade
mystwade

Loved this game, it was terrible underrated...though the combat wasn´t stellar in the beggining... but proved to be quite chalenging and methodical in later stages/difficulty. Amazing Soundtrack by the way!

uncle5555
uncle5555

@firedrakes Yes, but it does come with an archaic device of old called a game manual, you know how to use one of those right? Heh.

Liquid-San
Liquid-San

@Mkeegs79 But Yakuza did? I've played 3 and 4 and stellar story aside, the game is so tedious and quite boring.