Heavenly Sword dev Enslaved on 360, PS3

Ninja Theory's game for Namco Bandai revealed as tactical action adventure in postapocalyptic America; Andy Serkis to provide protagonist's voice, motion-capture.

At Germany's GamesCom in August, Namco Bandai Games revealed that it was teaming with Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory on a new mystery project for release next year. The mystery was solved today, as Namco Bandai officially announced Ninja Theory's Enslaved for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Monkey and Trip might work together in Enslaved, but they don't have to like it.

Set in a postapocalyptic America, the game tells the story of slaves forced to work together for survival. The game's protagonist, the muscular Monkey, is captured by slavers along with the techno-savvy woman Trip. The pair escape, but Trip hacks a slave headband to tie her life to Monkey's, forcing him to protect her as they search for refuge.

Enslaved also marks a reunion between Ninja Theory and Andy Serkis, the actor who provided voice and motion-capture work for Gollum in the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy of films. According to Namco Bandai, Serkis will "direct" and "portray" Monkey. The developer and Serkis previously collaborated on Heavenly Sword, where the actor received praise for his performance as the sinister King Bohan (see video below).

Ninja Theory has also enlisted British music producer and club DJ Nitin Sawhney to compose the game's score. Sawhney worked on Heavenly Sword as well and has scored movies and television, including The Namesake and House, M.D.. To cowrite the story, Namco Bandai and Ninja Theory have tapped Alex Garland, the 28 Days Later screenwriter who may be familiar to gamers as the author behind the scuttled Neill Blomkamp Halo film. Enslaved will be Garland's first game script.

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ps3freek
ps3freek

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mluiz16
mluiz16

From what I read in the October game informer, this game is gonna be epic. It is going to be plot heavy and the cinematic value insane, like heavenly sword. They also hinted at having the characters develop some sort of relationship. Cant wait to get it when it comes out.

spotty6
spotty6

looks good but since its on 360 aswell i wont be buying it

TWilliamz
TWilliamz

@snailz A Fifth Element game does sound pretty good

trollkind
trollkind

Geez, these guys know talent when they see it. This oozes promise, some kind of Heavenly Sword 2, comparable feel but a different story and setting. I'm all for it!

puablo
puablo

Heavenly Sword was absolutely amazing (but too short to be worth full price), so I'm looking forward to anything these guys do.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Don't knock it until you try it. That's what I've been told. So I would give this a try.

daveg1
daveg1

hopefully its going to be longer than hs...also to ninja theory..try to put more efforet into to your gameplay instead of cutscenes.

stain1ess
stain1ess

@ snailz couldn't agree more. Anytime I see the words "post apocalyptic", I immediately roll my eyes. On a side note, I totally sucked at Heavenly Sword. That first big fight in the arena area, I got frustrated and never got past it. I'm so ashamed

snailz
snailz

@TWilliamz Haha... my point exactly, a GAME like that doesn't really exist. A free-roaming game set in a utopian future, or even something like The Fifth Element's future New York would be awesome, but we keep getting these barren waste-land, douche bags with tribal tats, post apocalyptic-style settings. I just think it's getting old.

voidheart777
voidheart777

I loved Heavenly Sword... one of my magical gaming moments!!! I hope this game would have the same magic... I do hope Heavenly Sword 2 should be made...

chaisemon
chaisemon

i wanted heavenly sword 2.. i have never played a game in which u get to kill more than 1000 people under a few minutes... just by a sword and bare hands. how cool is that!! so trip and monkey is like nariko and kai?? with

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

I like were they are going with this game. Lets see if hit becomes a hit. They should have made Heavenly Sword 2 first. Hopefully they will make Heavenly Sword 2.

Sechu
Sechu

In fact I would be more excited about Heavenly Sword 2! I wonder if it is in the works...

navstar29
navstar29

oh man i wish they would release another Heavenly Sword, such an underappreciated gem!

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

I stilll wish we could've had Heavenly Sword 2. It was too short and had some flaws, but provided a great base to work from and was a good start to what should've been a great franchise.

germanqr
germanqr

I'm really looking forward to this release, Heavenly Sword was a great game. It was too short, but the graphics, story, and FANTASTIC acting made up for that. I loved Anna Torv as Nariko and Andy Serkis as King Bohan Great news it's multiplat, too!

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

The motion controls and the music were really the only notable mechanics in Heavenly Sword. I'm sorry but the production quality of HS when compared to GoW is really really under par.

TWilliamz
TWilliamz

@snailz It's already been made. Its called The Jetsons

kamizuka
kamizuka

@Hobbitslayer18 HEll yea god of war is gnna be one of the best in this gen HS was great, but it is not that great if you compare it to gow3 you know

snailz
snailz

I stopped reading after "set in a post apocalyptic America..." You know what would be cool, a game set in a future utopia with flying cars and jet-packs and stuff.

Phreek300
Phreek300

Ahh Ninja Theory with a new game. Look nice. I wish it were Heavenly Sword 2 but, this will suffice. Heavenly Sword was my first PS3 game. It was like a big budget movie. I was very impressed. Keep up the good work Ninja Theory.

link1709
link1709

didn't think heavenly sword was that bad, It's story was quite good and andy serkis's work was amazing. I'm not gonna say it is as good as go of war, Because it's not. I love Kratos tales more than most games on the market. I just can't help but feel Heavenly sword deserves better acclaim.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Heavenly Sword is one of the worst games I've ever played. I highly doubt I'll ever buy another Ninja Theory game.

Storm_Marine
Storm_Marine

"According to Namco Bandai, Serkis will "direct" and "portray" Monkey." Woot!!!!!

PS3_3DO
PS3_3DO

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newb16
newb16

If you read about Enslaved in the Game Informer magazine, than you already know it will be a great game.

Dragdar
Dragdar

what a stupid misleading title. --- i think this game could turn out pretty good

CTR360
CTR360

i hope enslaved its good game after fantastic heavenly sword i cant wait for new info

MOBS
MOBS

How could you want to turn off the motion controls in Heavenly Sword? Heavenly Sword was the best application and integration of sixaxis motion controls in any PS3 game, next to warhawk.They were well thought out and placed into the regular gameplAY without taking it over. They added to the excitement and challenge and fun of the game. The motion controls made the game more immersive, and most importantly, the mo-controls were ACCURATE and RELIABLE, and the response time was so on point it was like you were using the ANALOG STICKS. Ive played other games with sixaxis motion, and they were hit or miss, and not always accurate, like Fight Night 3, and Mirrors edge specifically. A few games implement this well, GTA4 and Fantastic Four, rise of the surfer. IM glad Ninja theory got another chance with another publisher, I was so pissed when I heard Heavenly Sword 2 got cancelled. Sony should have had more faith in NT's product and talent. If they did, Enslaved couldve been another Ps3 exclusive.

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

@ Carpe_Noctum Lol bro im hoping the entire opposite, i would have hated the shooting with kai in heavenly sword if there was no motion control, thats what made it unique and hard. I hope they have something like that for the ps3 version in this game, it was fun :D. I know the 360 wont get the motion because it doesnt have 6axis.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Looks like something cool is about 2 unfold!!

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Viral-venom13

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cosmolancer
cosmolancer

@ Carpe_Noctum, you can totally turn off heavenly sword's motion control. go to option and search around. it makes the catapult bow missions much easier but to me a bit less fun.

kylekatarn08
kylekatarn08

This is kind of old news Enslaved is in the October GameInformer which I got early.. so I guess its just old news to me lol.

DFBTG
DFBTG

While this is cool and all, I'd personally prefer Namco Bandai finally announcing when the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia will be arriving in NA.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Heavenly sword was a lot of fun, and the direction of the cutscenes were spectacular.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I liked what I read in Game Informer about the game. Sign me up. I enjoyed Heavenly Sword.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Could be cool. I enjoyed Heavenly Sword, but I would like it if they left out the motion control or an option to not have to use it. I'll just get the 360 version to be sure. Looks like the same art style as HS, which I think I am going to play through a 2nd time now.

feinicks
feinicks

Interesting.... lol @ Muscular Monkey

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

No matter how you look at it the title should be written in this sequence. "Heavenly Sword dev Enslaved on PS3, 360", get it right the first time please. F@#$!

amkalfus
amkalfus

this game is gonna be awesome! i'm hoping for good stuff here. maybe i'll pick up heavenly sword if i can find it cheap for sure.

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

@Scienceray Uncharted: Incredible LittleBigPlanet: Amazing Killzone 2: Only bested by COD4, and that's arguable. Resistance 2: Okay story, but awesome multiplayer. MGS4: Not even mentioned, but possibly the greatest game ever made. God of War: Once the collection comes out, it is a day-one purchase. Infamous: Good not great, but worth a full play-through. MLB The Show: The best baseball franchise ever created. Uncharted 2: 2009 Game of the Year. Warhawk: Still going strong as a substantial multiplayer game. Valkyria Chronicles: Perhaps the most underrated game this century. Not to mention PSN games like Flower, Fat Princess, Wipeout HD, PixelJunk Eden, etc. I'm sick of people saying Playstation doesn't have any good games. It's been out for 3 years now, and the games are clearly there. Open your f'n eyes.

snoogans460
snoogans460

Even though Heavenly Sword flew under the radar and didn't live-up to expectations at the retail market, this game still deserves the utmost praise. In fact, I'm willing to say that it's one of the main reasons to purchase a PS3 - a system seller if you will. Granted, many gamers might find the experience fairly short, but every moment within just screams quality... even despite being a God of War clone in many ways. Considering you can find a copy of Heavenly Sword for $20 bucks nowadays, it's worth picking-up when you have the chance.

Scienceray
Scienceray

@BigBacon87 I dont know where you get the idea that all the games that you just listed were any good LBP was the only one that is good, uncharted was okay, infamous was stupid, killzone didnt live up to expectations, and resistence 2 = wanna be gears of war 2, you'll be looking forward to uncharted 2 god of war 3 *never played the series so it doesnt affect me at all*, and whats mod nation? sounds stupid. and the lost guardian will be interesting but nothing more than dog sitting the only thing that the ps3 has thats even remotely interesting form me is blu-ray other than that there arent any games im interested in.

TrevasGallant
TrevasGallant

I loved Heavenly Sword. If this game has the same level of quality, I'm all for playing it.