El Shaddai set for July 26 North American debut

UTV Ignition Games dates PS3 and Xbox 360 action adventure inspired by apocryphal book of the Bible; game to launch in Europe September 9.

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July is shaping up to be a big month for Japanese imports. It was already playing host to Konami's Gradius spin-off Otomedius Excellent (July 19) and Atlus' chart-topping adventure puzzle game Catherine (July 26), and today UTV Ignition Games confirmed a July 26 North American release for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron.

How did this wind up on the Bible cutting room floor?

El Shaddai takes its premise from the apocryphal Old Testament Book of Enoch. When a group of seven angels betray heaven to build the Tower of Babel, God appoints the mortal Enoch to set things right or else condemn the world to a great flood. Assisting Enoch along the way will be Lucifel, the angel who would later become Lucifer.

As Enoch, players will jump into a series of visually distinct levels, each one with a style reflecting a specific angel's ideal world. The premise allows for levels to vary not just in appearance but also gameplay, as players will find themselves exploring 2D, as well as 3D worlds. Development on the game was led by Sawaki Takeyasu, one of three lead character designers on Capcom's Okami.

Unfortunately, European gamers will need to have a bit more patience, as El Shaddai isn't set to launch in the region until September 9. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron.

Discussion

20 comments
quartercircle
quartercircle

It is retail. I played the demo and it mixes side scrolling platforming with 3rd person mechanics. Combat takes place in an "arena" like a jrpg but it's hard to get a grasp on combat specifics with the demo. It seems Enoch's attacks change according to which direction you point the stick, and it happens so fast it can be confusing. It does seem somewhat simple but engaging nonetheless and AI difficulty is challenging. Visually, however, these videos do no justice when you're seeing the beautiful graphics come to life on your tv. Amazing looking game.

Kaffikjelen
Kaffikjelen

The Book of Enoch isn't inspired, so the developers may feel free to do whatever they want with it.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I love these games that take a whack at Mythology/Religion.

shaks101
shaks101

I think the graphics look new and modern like. Too bad the gameplay looks like your average hack n slash :(

WllDan7
WllDan7

Is this a download or a retail game? If it is a download I may consider it, seeing how it has a very unique art style and gameplay mechanic.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

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BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

"UTV Ignition Games dates PS3 and Xbox 360 action adventure inspired by apocryphal book of the Bible; game to launch in Europe September 9." I think there is a sarcasm here! Not an appropriate thing to say!Edit it!

jenova
jenova

As we all know, the Earth was created 6 thousand years ago, by GOD. This is heresy, And Baby Jesus is sad for us all. Because we have to wait till September 9th to play it. J-Dawg and crew aren't quite the sticks in the mud some of their, um, simpler followers who don't understand metaphor would have you believe. Also, all good Christians were Raptured on May 21st this year.

Haasdude
Haasdude

Wow, this game is beautiful! I'll be keeping my eye on it.

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

messing up the bible stories is wrong..I'd make a game that stays true to the bible and teaches people about Jesus and God

SteelWingKnight
SteelWingKnight

I'll get it. I have found that I like many obscure, under the radar Japanese action games. This one looks beautiful and has a very interesting concept, but I'm not expecting deep or incredible gameplay. I can only hope it won't be too hard to find.

sammyekek
sammyekek

September 9th for Europe :( I'm so importing this!

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

The game has a cult following among young Japanese women, perhaps due to the "pretty boy" looks of the main characters.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Looking good so far...Time will tell if it truly is.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Looks neat, will certainly try the demo and see what I think of it.

watchawant
watchawant

So getting this game. I love games based on mythology, especially western mythology (I'm in the process of developing one myself). It's just something everyone can relate to. And this game is just incredibly artistic. It's a like a moving painting.

jecht_35
jecht_35

who cares still looks amazing to play.

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

Do the Japanese realize how weird this premise is to Westerners?

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

360 & PS3 getting more and more games, while the Wii gets nothing.....Project Cafe better be hard man!!!