No Sequel For Enslaved Unless It's A Gigantic Hit
New IPs can be a tough sell in today's sequel-rich industry, but Ninja Theory still isn't planning a franchise around their new IP, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
In speaking to CVG, studio boss Tameem Antoniades says they're not expecting to do a sequel to their upcoming action/adventure extravaganza. He basically says that "this is the one story" and they "pretend there won't be a sequel" so as to deliver a whole and complete experience. That being said, they're being conservative in their expectations and unless Enslaved is "miraculously successful," this will be the first and last game with that title. In fact, Antoniades says they "don't assume it's going to be successful" (weird, right?). However, that being said, despite the fact they're not calling it a guaranteed blockbuster, they did really try to pour their heart and soul into this one game.
"There are ways to extend it out, I'm not worried about that. I just didn't want to leave anything hanging - I hate that."
Yeah, we hate that, too. But there's something else in there; something we seem to have missed last month. It appears that Ninja Theory would've done a Heavenly Sword 2 if Sony hadn't "gobbled up the rights." In other words, they would've done it had they been able to go multiplatform, which must tie into their belief that a 1.5-million seller isn't a "success" on one console. ...which we still can't comprehend. So if Enslaved doesn't sell at least 3.5 million or something like that, it's also a failure...?
Related Game(s): Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
7/21/2010 10:25:41 AM Ben Dutka