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Enslaved DLC In The Works, Ninja Theory On Next Project

You know what we like? Downloadble content that expands on the single-player aspect of a title. ...oh, wait. Does Enslaved even have multiplayer...?

Well, anyway, Ninja Theory head designer and co-founder Tameem Antoniades has told Digital Spy that they've already "designed a small team to work on DLC, which will be single-player in nature." He said the extra content will be "story-based, mission-based" but as it's a side story, it remains optional; i.e., you won't need to grab it in order to fully understand the main plot in the game. Antoniades also mentioned that this project is just about complete, and as it'll go gold very soon, Ninja Theory is already looking towards their next project. Will it be a departure from the norm for the company that also brought us Heavenly Sword? Well, no, it doesn't appear so:

"I think it will be another story-based game, big adventure type thing, that's all I can really say."

And before you even ask, the new game will indeed be multiplatform. And unsurprisingly, Antoniades said: "We want all our games to be multiplatform from now on." Well, we gathered that. Anyway, here's hoping for a great experience in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which should be ready to go for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 8.

Related Game(s): Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Tags: enslaved, odyssey to the west, ninja theory

7/30/2010 10:54:06 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:09:27 AM
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Gotta love these DLC announcements for games that aren't even out yet. I really like knowing they are cutting the retail package short before hand so they can gouge us later. It's saves me from buying the game all together.

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Highlander
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:19:25 AM

To be fair, it sounds more like they're saying that they are setting up a dedicated team to work on Enslaved DLC - and presumably bug fixes/patches - for the foreseeable future. If it helps them drive revenue and pay for future projects, why not?

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:25:58 AM

I suppose we could look at it that way. I probably won't be getting this anyway. They don't seem to have much confidence in their product.

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godsman
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:38:52 AM

That's the same thing Capcom said.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:51:30 AM

How much you wanna bet they couldn't fit what ever they have planned on the DVD? ;)

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tes37
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:39:25 PM

I'm not buying this game either. Until Ninja Theory gives us a ps3 exclusive Heavenly Sword 2, they won't be seeing any of my money. Microsoft needs to step up with another console, before I start buying multiplatforms from former exclusive ps3 developers. Once you show me something on the ps3 that I like, I'm not settling for less.

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Highlander
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:22:03 AM
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As Jawknee says this announcement of DLC before the retail launch of the game does sound a bit 'off', Then again some games are designed from the beginning to include the chance for DLC or even game changing DLC, which isn't a bad thing, as long as the original retail game isn't sold short to drive future DLC..

To be honest if I play a game with a fantastic SP story mode that really satisfies, if the game maker then comes up with additional SP missions, I am more likely to buy them if the original game was absolutely packed, because I don't feel ripped off or sold short on the original. Plus I will have enjoyed it so much, that I will be more than read for more.

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Underdog15
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:31:45 AM

Heavy Rain is a good example of a high quality SP story that merely has DLC as a bonus and not a necessity.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:37:03 AM

@Underdog15, that's true and unfortunately we don't get the rest of the episodes. Sucks.

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godsman
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:45:09 AM

I think it's hard to set aside part of the story mode as DLC without hindering the experience of the whole experience. I guess I should wait till there's more information and give them a chance, before I start getting all upset.

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Highlander
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:47:17 AM

I wasn't meaning that they set apart part of the main story for DLC. I was more meaning that they develop new story as DLC, but build their game with the infrastructure to accept new story elements.

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Qubex
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 2:00:44 PM

Highlander, I most probably pass on this game and it's DLC... I think theoretically, Ninja Theory has moved the wrong way with this game... It should have been HS2...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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maxpontiac
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:46:46 AM
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As long as it's Heavenly Sword 2 on the PS3, I'll be interested.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 11:55:33 AM

Ha, if it is Heavenly Sword 2, it will likely be on PS3 and Xbox. Only on one disc and pricey DLC to make up for the lack of space on the DVD.

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Scarecrow
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 12:31:51 PM

They already said all their games from now on will be multiplat

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maxpontiac
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 2:38:55 PM

Does Sony own Heavenly Sword or does Ninja Theory?

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johnld
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 3:03:38 PM

yeah, i think ninja theory said it. if sony didnt take the rights to heavenly sword, they would have been working on it right away as a multiplatform.

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Alienange
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 5:21:29 PM

Hopefully Sony lets a different dev work on HS2. You know, one that can make a game longer than 8 hours? That'd be cool.

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JackC8
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 12:09:09 PM
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It always bugs me when they say they've got a team working on DLC before the game is released. So often a game comes out with long load times, bugs and glitches, a general lack of polish - but oh, they pulled a team of people off the project to work on DLC for two months before it came out.

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CharlesD
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 12:09:53 PM
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Good to see some story based DLC. However, still skeptical on this one and the fact that it's multiplatform is another red flag as far as I'm concerned.

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Yogi
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 12:14:57 PM
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They've "designed" a small team to work on DLC? So they wrote down some dudes name on a clipboard for later use and that is worthy of announcement? Or is it that they are already working on said DLC and didn't want to announce "Hey, we decided to take 25% of the story, remove it from the disk and charge you $10 for it"

Hardly anyone does DLC right imo. But, on the other hand, you really can't blame them, you have to blame Gamestop for not chucking money back at them on used game sales.

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Scarecrow
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 12:33:07 PM
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Yup, that's why I said that Sony should get a new team to make Heavenly Sword 2.

lol@DLC 3 months before release

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:54:49 PM

They should just have Sony Santa Monica do it using the God of War III engine.

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kraygen
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 1:21:49 PM
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Yay another company planning their wallet rape before their game is even complete, let alone released.

It's become clear to me that I won't be buying this game until it's available with all content included and from the bargain bin.

I refuse to support companies whose policy it is, to create expensive dlc before they finish the game. I know people want to make money, but if you focus on making a great game and do that to the best of your ability then people will reward you for it.

Making tons of dlc before you complete your game and then advertising it just screams poor conduct to me.

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Qubex
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 2:01:59 PM

Yes, nasty and silly tactics by mentioning this now... not to mention the fact that he mentioned he had no faith in his own product...

A horrible hole he dug...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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oldmike
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 2:48:22 PM

same Heavenly Sword was a day one buy for me
It was also was the game that made me want a PS3 so bad

sad to see them fall so far
oh well i have a large backlog of games to play

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johnld
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 3:02:33 PM
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back in square enix headquarters......wada came up with an idea. "final fantasy side quests arent part of the main story so we can remove them and release it as "fan" dlc so that we can support our fans. We could release towns as dlc too since we could "successfully" release a final fantasy game like a shooter."

whats left to look forward to with final fantasy?

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Jawknee
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:54:16 PM

LOL!

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Lawless SXE
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:10:12 PM
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Damn shame. I read something along these same lines about six months ago. It really puts a dampener on my anticipation and excitement for this game. I mean, they should feel free to start working on DLC, but make sure that they've got everything they SHOULD HAVE in the game beforehand. If they've broken up their team, that says to me that the game is going to be missing something, as there is fewer people than there should have been working on it.

I'm probably nitpicking, but announcements like this really annoy the everloving sh** out of me. Why can't they deliver their entire vision is a single epic package without trying to price gouge us. Or if they are making DLC, release the first one or two for free to prove the quality of their continued support, then charge a SMALL fee for the rest of it. But this applies to everyone, not just Ninja Theory.
Peace.

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just2skillf00l
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:22:06 PM
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Well, like one of the above posters I believe Ninja Theory declaring to release DLC before the game is complete is exactly how it was with Heavy Rain. Although we know it didn't end well and the promised DLC had to be sacrificed for the inclusion of Move to the title, I can't really see how this announcement could possibly be taken negatively.

It would be a completely different story if the team gouged out part of the game to only post it up as DLC on the PSN. But then they have already informed us that this DLC will not be required to understand the story. All this is is an extra piece of back-story that extends the longevity of the game itself. I don't see the issue here.

Or maybe there is some lingering disdain for the unfinished Heavy Rain DLC and we're just taking it out on Enslaved? Whatever it is, it's pretty unfair.

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Oldtree
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 4:46:29 PM
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You know what needs DLC?

Heavenly Sword...

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Alienange
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 5:29:47 PM
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Ninja Theory deserves to be raked over the coals for this nonsense. It's really too bad too because the game looks quite good. Unfortunately their greed has blinded them to the gimp effect and the pipe-dream of dlc riches.

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TEG3SH
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 6:38:05 PM
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This game Multiplatform and all will rock super hard.. I honestly love this studio after the wonderful experience that heavenly sword was i'll pre-order anything they make. Stat...

on a side note I want a 2nd heavenly sword u can make it multiplatform ( I know sony owns the rights blah blah) I just wan't one. Hey sony give it to readyatdawn those guys are great in everything they made so far. for bleep sake I WANT HEAVENLY SWORD 2....... Frowny face

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FxTales
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 6:57:25 PM
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Ok so all of this because they weren't satisfied by the sale numbers of an exclusive title back when the ps3 had only sold 8 million units?

Ummm...isn't it up to 35+ million now? So say that 1/8 of those consoles bought the first title and the consoles are now round about 35 mill then could't you assume 1/8 of that number would possibly sell? I don't know maybe it's my crappy math but how can you base that logic of theirs on a time when the ps3 was in its infancy.

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___________
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:32:35 AM
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SWEET!
why cant more games give us SP DLC?

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