Namco Bandai enlists Ninja Theory for mystery project

Heavenly Sword dev teams with Japanese publisher on unnamed Xbox 360, PS3 original IP, due in 2010.

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One of Sony's headline releases for the PlayStation 3 in 2007 was Ninja Theory's Heavenly Sword, a God of War-esque action adventure that featured a nubile heroine wielding a massive weapon. The game received substantial hype, appearing in a number of television spots advertising Sony's PS3. However, Heavenly Sword proved only a middling hit, selling less than 400,000 units in the US, according to The NPD Group.

The fate of Nariko remains to be determined.

Beyond unconfirmed rumors that Sony had put the brakes on a Heavenly Sword sequel, not much has been heard from Ninja Theory since the original game's launch. That changed today, though, as Namco Bandai announced as part of GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, that it will publish Ninja Theory's next project. Namco Bandai offered no name for the game, saying only that it would be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2010.

Other than saying that it will be an original property, Namco Bandai and Ninja Theory offered scant few details on the project. According to the British studio's cofounder, Nina Kristensen, the game will offer "rich storytelling, cutting-edge technology, and exciting gameplay beyond anything we have created before." Namco Bandai chief operating officer Makoto Iwai went on to say that the game will offer highly "cinematic" gameplay.

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Discussion

37 comments
mluiz16
mluiz16

Latest issue of Gameinformer spilled the beans on Ninja theory's latest title, Enslaved. It's set in a post apocalyptic era and the main protaganist is a wild man named Monkey who prefers to stay away from the few humans left. He is captured by a slave ship, but escapes with the help of a girl whe is his complete opposite. He gets out with the girl, but gets knocked out, giving the girl enough time to modify a slave collar and put it on his forehead. She is now in control and he has to help her get back to her village. Like Heavenly sword, Andy Serkis is on the team and he does the animations for Monkey. They also enlisted hollywood writers and cinematographers to make a visually stunning plot driven game that taps into the characters emotions. Looks like a great upcoming title.

Omen22
Omen22

Heavenly Sword was never intended to have sequels by Ninja Theory.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

What happened to the HAvenly Sword IP, did it die? I thought it was supposed to have sequels a la Uncharted.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Heavenly sword was a great game. I loved it but the problem wit the game as many here would agree it was too short.

TheClown24
TheClown24

PLEASE make heavenly sword 2!!! ill pay in cookies!

karlpenno
karlpenno

heavenly sword reminded me of prince of persia meets god of war with a female main character!a great game, the first one i had for the ps3

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Make a sequel for both X360 and PS3 please :D

xincubuzzx
xincubuzzx

that game was entertaining just like metal gear great cut scenes cinema i want more games like that

RobVII
RobVII

summer movies arent short lol they're too effin long!

freefadi
freefadi

"cutting-edge technology"? since it will be on both PS3 and Xbox 360 I really doubt it, HS was originally planned to be released on the Xbox 360 but when the development team realised the power of PS3 they shifted to Sony. It could turn out to be cinematic and rich in the story telling section though, well, we'll just have to wait and see.

hamzah1235
hamzah1235

Heavinly sword sold 1.36 million copies i dont know what the hell they are talking about Go to vgchartz.com

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

Scareface_dm playstation owners buy more games than 360 owners. There have been many reports on that.

NuKkU
NuKkU

Im interested cant wait to see what it is

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

ClaTheNinja you must be the bigest dumb ass iv seen here yet. re stop being a survivor horror back when re4 was made as a die hard fan yes re5 was lacking not becuse of the 360 jack. hint dead riseing how meny were on screen in yet the game ran fine. that all falls on capcom the main man behind re left so thay had to come up with a way to fin the game off. ooooo and lets not for get left4dead wich has an ass low of ai on screen at once and runs fine as well. the ps3 has yet to show that sort of power and you can blame that on sony for useing blueray instend of dvd rom wich meny ppl have sed like EA is harder to make games for. tell me why go all out on the ps3 if it wont sell as much of the game as the 360 hmmmm sorry was in a rush

lamprey263
lamprey263

hopefully their increased familiarity with the PS3 will allow them to touch up some issues like they had in Heavenly Sword, my biggest concerns being that the animations sometimes got choppy and sluggish (but nothing too bad it ruined it for me), but all in all the game was very enjoyable, looked great, and I'm sure with the increased familiarity with PS3 development they'll make something that's quite spectacular

chaisemon
chaisemon

i gues the developers can put more content in a blu ray disk and let the playstation players unlock the content thru purchasing the unlocking key from the psn. so that they dont have to download the dlc.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@ClaTheNinja: You are right. What you said reminds me the Super Nintendo Vs Sega Genesis. Even some multiplatform games had more gameplay options in super Nintendo, but not in Sega.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

why would they put more effort into over one console over the other if ps3 owners dont buy the games??

ClaTheNinja
ClaTheNinja

That wasn't necessarily the best way to say it, yixingtpot, but even as someone who owns only a 360, I agree it's time that developers start taking advantage of the extra space on Blu-Ray and extra power of the PS3 instead of worrying about making a game that is equal on both consoles. Resident Evil 5 is a good example of this. I think once Capcom made the decision to put it on 360, you saw the game's potential start dropping. Less enemies on screen (unlike what was promised in early trailers) and an unsatisfyingly short game. Plus it tried too hard to cater to the 360 audience and just left itself an awkward in-between mess that was not enough scare nor enough action. Nothing wrong with putting your game on both consoles, but don't sacrifice the quality just to make both versions equal. If one version ends up better than the other, oh well, so be it. The systems are not equal, so the games should not be equal.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

F'N Great....The More 360 support the better :D

dukerav
dukerav

@ yixingtpot: "it's going to be on XBROKE dvd machine, forget it... by now they should be trying to fill up entire Blu-ray discs not poop out XBROKE games." Fail. On topic, could it be a spiritual successor to Heavenly Sword of sorts? I wouldnt have any problem with that, as I thought HS was a great game. Not ground-breaking or anything just good but short lived fun, and cinematic. Now more people get to experience their games and we should all be happy about that. Looking forward to hearing more about this project.

chaisemon
chaisemon

heavenly sword was too short, to be honest.. it was the shortest game i have ever played in a ps3. but it was fun and the fact that nariko looked sexy holding a sword bigger than her.

Bodboy466
Bodboy466

It was a damn fine game. In fact, it's in my Top 5 PS3 Games to this day. But to say that Nariko's fate is yet to be determined is ignorant. The game didn't exactly end in a cliffhanger. If you'd never heard the rumors of a sequel, you'd think it was complete just the way it is.

Regisland
Regisland

@Shadowysea07 Metal Gear.That already says it all lol

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

all in favor of trophy support for heavonly sword, tumbs up me cause i cant c your hands lol

d_brown44
d_brown44

I loved the game and still play it to this day. I don't think it was bad but the PS3 wasn't selling all tat well then. If it came out now I'm sure the sells would have been more. It was great and deserves a sequel.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

it's going to be on XBROKE dvd machine, forget it... by now they should be trying to fill up entire Blu-ray discs not poop out XBROKE games.

jgarcia-8
jgarcia-8

Sony should re-release Heavenly Sword, now that the PS3 base has grown. H.S. is one of the best games on the PS3. The most fun I've had using the six axis.

athenian29
athenian29

Well, at least they're still in business.

athenian29
athenian29

Well, at least they're still in business.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

most of the time they do. very few games have a deep story that aren't an rpg @Regisland can you name some off hand? i can't think of any right now DX

Regisland
Regisland

@shadowysea07 deep stories dont mean rpgs

jadefury27
jadefury27

I loved the game for the most part. the boss fights sucked hard though.

kroch_crotch
kroch_crotch

heavenly sword was a great game...just too short and no replay value aside from unlocking everything i was looking forward to the sequels :(

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I'm not too keen on what Ninja Theory does.... Heavenly Sword seems to have been forgotten by just about everyone and before when they were called Just Add Monsters they made that horrible Kung Fu Chaos game. But hey, I guess it takes more than one try to make a hit game, so hopefully this one will be better than the other two.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

yeah riight its most likely going to be an rpg if a deep story is involved.