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Ninja Theory's New Project Uses Unreal Engine 3.0?

We haven't heard much about Ninja Theory's new project but as time rolls onward, we begin to pick up a few details here and there.

Understandably, a lot of you are hoping for a sequel to Heavenly Sword, one of the first high-quality exclusive titles for the PlayStation 3. To this day, it remains one of PSXE's favorites; the cinematography, choreography, and fantastic voice acting (not to mention the near-perfect lip syncing between voice and animation) really sold us. The game itself was pretty damn good, too. However, new artistry that has been floating around tells us Ninja Theory's new project certainly isn't Heavenly Sword 2, as the artwork contains more of a gritty, hardcore theme similar to that of Gears of War. Now, a European source has apparently confirmed that this mystery project utilizes the popular "UE3" (Unreal Engine 3), which should come as good news to all you tech-savvy gamers out there. A light sprinkling of details surfaced at GamesCom 2009 last month but this is about all we know right now; we expect more info to arrive in the very near future, though. As for Heavenly Sword 2, there is speculation that another studio is currently working on it, which always makes us skeptical.

Perhaps Ninja Theory will officially lift the lid on their game at the Tokyo Game Show but until then, we'll have to track both that and the possibility of a sequel from...well, someone else.

Related Game(s): Heavenly Sword

9/8/2009 10:41:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (44 posts)

Imagi
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:54:00 AM
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Would like to see another instalment of Heavenly Sword, first one was great fun and very well put together. The only issue I had was the framerate, though the game was still perfectly playable.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:59:58 AM
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Heavenly Sword was very good..So I look forward to their next game.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:01:24 AM
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Love Heavenly Sword to death!
Such a great storyline and character development

For me it was all 'bout Kai, that babe was freaking awesome, still my favorite next-gen character, period

As for Unreal Engine, should be interesting, it's probably easier to do multiplatform games with that, meh, since that what their next game will be

I hope SCEE puts MediaMolecule in charge of Heavenly Sword 2, would be a big surprise, but a great one!

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Kowhoho
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 3:18:04 PM

One of my favorite videogame quotes comes from Kai... "Peek-a-boo, a**hole"

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:01:32 AM
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Unreal Engine 3.0 FTL!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:50:45 PM

Thank you! That engine needs to take a pillow and go to bed already.

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 2:02:19 PM

So are you saying Unreal Tournament 3, Bioshock and Batman: Arkham Asylum etc. is FTL?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 2:29:11 PM

In terms of graphics on consoles, YUP!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 9:25:44 PM

Agreed. The Unreal engine is fugly.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:30:58 AM
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Pity that Epic can't handle the PS3.

Wait. Then again, why should I care anymore?

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:05:49 PM

they gave us unreal tournament with mod support

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:14:42 PM

And stopped right after that. Like they are on strike or something.

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firehahahahaha
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:39:28 AM
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Eww, I'm so tired of seeing the Unreal Engine 3 on 90% of the games that have came out in this gen...

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:42:04 AM

Indeed. Give me Uncharted and Killzone's engine anyday over Unreal.

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BigT_1980
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 8:36:26 PM

You know that Uncharted 2 is going to use the Havoc engine instead of their proprietary engine from Uncharted Drakre's Fortune. That is what Naughty Dog said in the latest Qore issue.

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keo7
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:47:37 PM

Havok is physic engine tho it has nothing to do with game engine except havok handle physic side like impact,debris, ragdoll and other.

Also the different between Havok and Physx is Havok is cpu base while PhysX is gpu base.

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Robochic
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:52:31 AM
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I love Heavenly sword would love a second one.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:13:20 PM
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Meh, the Unreal engine is so ugly. Everything looks like plastic dolls with a coat of vasoline all over them.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:32:30 PM

You forgot steroid using as well.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 2:18:49 PM

YEA<---- everything looks like plastic in the Unreal Engine

I've been waiting for someone to say that!

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King James
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:32:51 PM
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hmm,...the unreal engine doesn't run as good on PS3 when compared to PC and the Xbox360. Not too excited about this news.

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BlackBriar
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:33:41 PM
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Ha, I agree they do look like Plastic dolls. There so many other engine's out there, that are not from epic and "coolest" man in the game biz Cliffy D!

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newchef
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 12:44:05 PM
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i no this is a little off topic but does ny1 no wat engine GoWIII is gonna run on?

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BlackBriar
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:03:20 PM
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God of War engine, Is custom Built from the ground up.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 3:19:57 PM

IMO God of War 3's engine is the best looking game i've seen all year.

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b3mike
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:35:50 PM
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Unreal Engine = Kiss of death to ps3 games

I agree with everyone else here. UE looks like steroid infused poop

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:53:25 PM

Unreal Engine + Last Remnant = Technological Clusterfack.

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Naga
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:51:00 PM
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Bloody idiots it better not be another shooter

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 2:19:58 PM

Yup, sadly I think it'll be just that

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 1:54:42 PM
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Agree with Alucard, they should stick to theories of Ninjas, not bullets.

If some other dev ruins Heavenly Sword I'll be an angry mofo. Well, angrier than usual.

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Banky A
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 2:24:31 AM

And a mofo?
Sheet son.

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Imagi
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 4:11:42 PM
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They should have just further developed the engine that ran the first one.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 4:31:25 PM

It wasn't a multiplatform one if I remember

They just want to make the game for the other console too

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tes37
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 4:56:37 PM
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I can't wait to see what Ninja Theory is working on. I was really impressed with Heavenly Sword, so I'm hoping this new project is as good or better.

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kevinater321
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 9:08:16 PM
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Nooo! use the killzone engine! that would be so sweet!

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watchit
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:00:15 PM
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I think the GOW developers should take over heavenly sword. imagine how awesome that would be.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 1:32:59 AM

That sounds deliciously deadly!

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Mornelithe
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:16:22 PM
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*Vomit* Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'm so incredibly sick of the UE3 engine...god people, come up with something new.

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___________
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 3:24:53 AM

your not the only one.
i would like to see some games take up crytek and use the new cry engine 3 instead of the UE.
fund crytek guys, we all know there going to need as much cash as they can get for crysis 2 its going to be off the hook.
no matter what year it comes out, it will be GOTY, guaranteed.
one thing i would love to see, doubt it would happen but.
half life 2 epp 3, crysis 2, RAGE and diablo 3 came out in the same year.
man now that would be a battle of the ages, 4 of the best known PC developed dukeing it out.
LLLLLLLLETS GET READY TO RRRRRRRRUMBLE....DING!

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Banky A
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 2:25:51 AM
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Oh no's.

Darn.

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___________
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 3:22:27 AM
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i doubt it will be using the UE3 though.
batman AA has been in development for ages and even that uses UE3.5 thats why the game looks so dam good.
i doubt we will see many more games running on UE3 they will all be running on UE3.5 and UE4 is suppose to be completed by late 2010 if i memory serves me.
thats why i also cant see a gears of war 3 coming out till 2011 since they wont release it on UE3.5 makes no seance, might as well finish your engine than create the game off that.

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tanner1
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 6:37:08 AM
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UE3 Pffft, keep that engine 4 the 360 we dont want it 4 our exclusives cheers ;)

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Ricochet
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 7:37:09 AM
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Loved the Heavenly Sword game but only with a few gripes:

Too short
No difficulty choice
No trophies
Auto-blocking mechanic

As for the Unreal Engine 3.0, from what I've observed, they're going multiplat on their new game, so obviously they need to *cough cough *H1N1 COUGH cater to the 360 side. You see? Unless you want Heavenly Sword Engine to be running on that console......

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 9:49:12 PM

Might've been short, but the quality was amazing

The characters and storyline made up for it, imo
Oh, it also had difficulty level: Normal mode and Hell mode

Hell mode will definitely give you a hard time. A great challenge if you found normal mode too easy.

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