Ninja Theory "Did Pursue" Heavenly Sword Sequel
Warning: Massive Heavenly Sword plot spoiler ahead!!!
Many of us had hoped for a sequel to 2007's excellent Heavenly Sword. And although developer Ninja Theory has now "moved on," they did have plans to make HS2 at one point.
In fact, according to VG247, Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades said initially, he had an idea of having Nariko in Hell and her pal Kai on Earth. Basically, the spirit of the sword would have trapped the technically deceased Nariko in Hell, where she would undoubtedly have to battle all sorts of nastiness. Furthermore, Kai would've been playable back on the surface, and she'd try to rescue her friend. An interesting twist was that one day in Hell for Nariko would be an entire year for Kai on Earth, so Kai would actually age; she'd go from a young teenage girl to an old woman during the course of the adventure. ...sounds interesting.
And that's cool and all, but that idea has long since passed. Antoniades says that while he'll "never say never," they working on developing DLC for the recently released Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which will tell a side-story separate from the tale that revolves around Monkey and Trip. The team is also working on the Devil May Cry reboot. For the record, here's Antoniades' comment concerning a HS2 sequel:
"We did actually want to do a sequel, and we did pursue that, but we're not a first party studio, we're a third party studio, and we knew that over the next few years we've got to be releasing multi-platform games. The game Heavenly Sword didn't sell enough to have a confident sequel, so it would have put ourselves as a development studio in a very precarious situation."
1.5 million wasn't enough, apparently. But we've heard all that before and it's true, they're not a first-party studio. They're not supported by Sony. So, like most every other studio in this crazy game, they need to go multi in order to make enough money. Hence, Enslaved, DMC, etc. But maybe that's a good thing. Did anyone really want to see HS2 go multi with the Unreal Engine...? Not HS fans, I bet.
Related Game(s): Heavenly Sword
10/5/2010 10:48:13 AM Ben Dutka