Namco: Enslaved Didn't Release At The Right Time
Well, we could've told you this.
Despite decent critical acclaim - and our wholehearted recommendation - Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West didn't sell well. Now, Namco Bandai admits that they didn't release the solid title at the right time; publisher president Makoto Iwai told Siliconera they were "proud of being able to launch the game," but marketing VP Carlson Choi mentioned the timing.
"It launched in the midst of a busy holiday season," he said. He believes the game had the necessary quality but ultimately it all came down to "getting into the market at the right time." Castlevania: Lords of Shadow launched on the same day as Enslaved (October 5), and within weeks, the likes of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Medal of Honor, and Call of Duty: Black Ops hit store shelves.
Even so, here's some good news: despite the poor sales, Namco isn't ruling out the possibility of a sequel. Finished Choi:
"I can assure you, a title like Enslaved, and every title we've worked on in the past, we're going to re-examine them and say what is the potential for the game?"
We really hope they give Ninja Theory another shot.
Related Game(s): Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
2/11/2011 9:05:51 PM Ben Dutka