Namco Bandai signs Knights Contract for PS3, 360

Publisher's new third-person action game teams up resurrected witch with her executioner, set for release next year.

Between God of War III and Dante's Inferno, gory third-person action games have been all the rage lately. That rage will continue simmering for the foreseeable future, as Namco Bandai today announced another new entry into the genre.

This could be a tremendous cross-promotional opportunity for the Smucker's people.

Set for release in 2011, Knights Contract sees players following the unlikely duo of the witch Gretchen and the immortal executioner Heinrich. Though Gretchen actually died at Heinrich's hands, she has been resurrected and now controls the scythe-wielding warrior. Together the pair struggles to save the world from a "black spell of death" and a supernatural army called the Harmonculous.

The duo fight in what Namco is calling "stylized and over-the-top action," with players controlling Heinrich and stringing together appendage-dismembering combos while the computer-controlled Gretchen uses her magic in a supporting role. Players will be able to coordinate the pair's attacks by issuing mid-melee commands to Gretchen, as well as executing finishing moves. While Heinrich is invincible, players will need to protect the vulnerable Gretchen if they want to make it far. The game won't be all blood and guts, as Namco Bandai is also including puzzle and platforming elements to change up the pace.

The market for bloody action has been well served lately. Electronic Arts released Dante's Inferno in February, and there are indications that a sequel is on the way. The following month, Sony sent the Ghost of Sparta on another deicidal rampage in God of War III and is planning a second PSP installment in the series for later this year. Namco Bandai was already committed to the genre before the announcement of Knights Contract, as Splatterhouse is expected to launch later this year.

Namco Bandai has promised more will be shown of Knights Contract at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. For more information about the game, check out GameSpot's first look at the title.

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watchuwa
watchuwa

looks just as good as gow. good thing i stuck with my 360. i would rather get this game than buy a ps3 just for gow.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I saw a trailer of this on YouTube and was not impressed.

wargraymon
wargraymon

"It's like Resident Evil 4. But you can't die, you're huge, you have a scythe that looks mighty impressive whilst slicing n' dicing, and Ashley shoots giant energy spells and shields instead of complaining and getting kidnapped all the time. I hope this pans out to be epic." yeah, like resident evil but all of the above

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Doesn't look like anything special, yet. Just your standard hack 'n' slash with a partner thrown in.

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

It's like Resident Evil 4. But you can't die, you're huge, you have a scythe that looks mighty impressive whilst slicing n' dicing, and Ashley shoots giant energy spells and shields instead of complaining and getting kidnapped all the time. I hope this pans out to be epic.

Gaoth
Gaoth

@ahpuck Wii: Let's Tap!

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

sucks that their going to release games like muscle march but wont release tales of vesperia ps3 or tales of graces wii

FaintRain
FaintRain

all i want is a new tales game.........

richioso
richioso

@Gamer999000 Stop playin' it on normal

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The art looks cool, reminds me of devil may cry. But the concept sounds like one big escort mission and that is just wrong, then again, resident evil 4 pulled it off.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

another dvd level XBROKE game, not worth $60 on PS3.

Elian2530
Elian2530

This is like Castlevania Lords of Shadow meets Darksiders... and that isn't a good thing. I really do not like Japanese-made videogames... They nearly killed Resident Evil 5 and games like Resonance of Fate makes me want to hurl. There's no appeal with Eastern games. Prefer western-esque videogames. It looks extremely boring and uninspired. It will probably fail to hit the 500k mark, and tank. Poor character design choices once again.

airshocker
airshocker

Looks like another boring hack and slash that tries to have a story.

XeonForce
XeonForce

@rasterror Fightingfan was saying that Namco took the time to make a crappy game for Wii, and that was kinda stupid when PS3 needs some Namco lovin'.

coaltango
coaltango

they better polish this game before they release it

monson21502
monson21502

graphics looks like a ps2 game. the fighting looks like dante`s inferno.im gonna pass on this game me thinks

mf1986
mf1986

one thing that can easily go wrong with these types of games, is that they can become button mashers. but i hope of a high quality game.

Iostars
Iostars

that is one lame trailer.

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

namco better not come crying to us if they do not make any profit. i am not going to judge this game but in my opinion. the game does not look very interesting to be honest. please listen to your fans and release TOV ps3, and tales of graces at e3. or another .hack game or xenosaga.

iRaInOnPaRaDeS
iRaInOnPaRaDeS

So they believe that Tales of Vesperia for PS3 & Tales of Graces won't sell well, but they believe that Dante's Impersonator will do much better? I hate to judge a game before playing, but way to crap where you eat Namco.

azureblade89
azureblade89

This combines two of the worst concepts possible, terrible protection quests of WoW with any remote chance of a gripping story. I can't wait (sarcasm)

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Meh not impressed visually or even gameplay wise, looks too be a grayed out gritty schemed slasher that has 2 main characters but likely no co-op. Any ways how about that NA release of ToV Namco eh?

green_dominator
green_dominator

Another so called action game that ends up being about the combos over story......Not interested......

santinegrete
santinegrete

Good Namco! Now, about Tales of Vesperia for my PS3?

rasterror
rasterror

Fightingfan I wouldn't consider SC Legends a good game. It was actually an awful game.

Fightingfan
Fightingfan

so umm... Tales of vesperia not coming to ps3? Thanks Namco, you publish a game like soul calibur legends on Wii but won't give ps3 owners a good game?

fenderholic88
fenderholic88

people who call GOW a "button tapper" obviously haven't played any of the games on anything other than easy

ahpuck
ahpuck

@ Gamer999000 name one game in which you don't have to tap any buttons.

shkar
shkar

Damn,,,till now I didnt even had the time and chance to play Dante's Inferno or even GOD OF WAR 3 .......I hope I can catch up with all these great games...

Gamer999000
Gamer999000

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jasonharris48
jasonharris48

It looks decent but it probably won't be half as decent as Bayonetta is.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

They should always have some sort of leveling up system for games. This looks fun tho.

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Hmm looks like it could be cool to play. As long as there is some substance to it, and not just pressing one or two buttons the whole time.