Enslaved developer Ninja Theory has confirmed it will stick with console development after reports published today suggested it planned to switch fully to mobile.
Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades was reported to have told an audience at the recent Slush business conference in Helsinki that the developer "is heading entirely for mobile".
"The AAA games console model is a little bit broken," reads a direct quote on Edge.
The PC version of Ninja Theory's action adventure game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is out now on Steam.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West could be getting a "Premium Edition," according to a leak on the Australian classification board.
Games used to be such hostile places. Dropped behind enemy lines or sneaking through monster-infested caverns, everyone you'd meet on your journey seemed to want to kill you. Over the last ten years or so, there's been a gentle rebalancing, however. From Pey'j to Yorda to Alyx Vance, designers have started giving you friends as well as enemies.
Brink developer Splash Damage has hired one of the key creators of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
The London-based independent developer has hired Marc Fascia, Ninja Theory's lead gameplay programmer, as technical director overseeing all engineering teams.
Fascia will set the overall direction for Splash Damage's programming teams and will support new director of production Griff Jenkins, the former senior development director of FIFA, as the studio grows "to additional gaming platforms".
Enslaved lead designer Mark Richard Davies is working on new Naughty Dog PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us, it has been revealed.
Action adventure romp Enslaved is now available on Xbox Live Games on Demand.
Ninja Theory's under-performing 2010 adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was let down by a stingy marketing spend, reckons studio boss Tameem Antoniades.
Plans for a sequel to last year's underperforming adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West have been shelved, according to developer Ninja Theory.
Splash Damage shooter Brink is nominated for a Writers' Guild Award.
How well does TriOviz work under HDMI 1.4?
TriOviz 3D performance tested on Xbox 360.
The business of making multi-million pound, triple-A, blockbuster video games is "not healthy" and are "crushing innovation", reckons Ninja Theory (DMC, Enslaved, Heavenly Sword).
"It was probably all a terrible mistake..."
Namco Bandai wants to "keep pushing" high-budget adventure franchise Enslaved, despite there being no sequel currently in the works.
Fighting game Tekken 6 sold 1.15 million units in the US alone during publisher Namco Bandai's 2011 financial year - despite the game launching in 2009.
Ninja Theory's excellent PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 adventure game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which launched in October 2010, shifted 730,000 units worldwide by the end of March 2011.
Although the new figure is up from the 460,000 worldwide sales Namco Bandai reported for the game in February, the Japanese publisher will still consider Enslaved to have performed poorly – it initially targeted a million sales.
Enslaved could win a prestigious award for its music.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West underperformed because it was released at the wrong time of year, publisher Namco Bandai has claimed.
Marketing VP Carlson Choi told Siliconera that it was a mistake to release the Ninja Theory-developed adventure title in October, during a packed holiday season.
"It really didn't do what we anticipated," he admitted.
Sales for Ninja Theory's cinematic action game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West are much lower than expected.
November reports of 800,000 units were greatly exaggerated; today's Namco Bandai money report shows only 460,000 copies of the game have been sold - worldwide.
Such numbers are unlikely to vindicate Namco Bandai's decision to green-light Hollywood hires Alex Garland and Andy Serkis. Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades called these "above-the-line-costs" that have to be pitched to the publisher.
Enslaved isn't my favourite game of 2010. It isn't the title I spent the most time playing. It doesn't even fit within the central themes which ran through my gaming year: dancing, farming, waggling, waving and platforming like it's 1994.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a rare thing. No, not because it was fabulous and nobody bought it (although it was and nobody did), but because the story was good and well told, and ultimately meant more to players than the gameplay it dressed up.
In a genre where most developers struggle to instil basic humanity into their characters, Enslaved's cast found themselves overflowing with pathos. When you first met Trip and she was frightened and vulnerable, hugging her knees, that was a real human being, and a moment not worth trading for a thousand Lara handstands.
But it's Pigsy, the well-fed junkyard king Trip and Monkey band together with for the game's final act, who is the subject of the game's first downloadable add-on. Set prior to Odyssey to the West, Pigsy's Perfect 10 begins with a beautiful hand-painted animation.
Download Pigsy's Perfect 10 now.
Video freed from approval slavery!
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has fallen short of Namco Bandai's sales targets.
Andriasang reports that the publisher had hoped Ninja Theory's action epic would have shifted a million units by now, but it has only managed 800,000.
And that's only the start of Namco's woes. Its latest financial report reveals that Dead to Rights Retribution has sold only half of the 700,000 units anticipated, while movie tie-in Clash of the Titans struggled to 250,000 - well shy of the 750,000 hoped for.
Andy Serkis, the actor who famously played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, reckons Richard Ridings' performance as Pigsy in Enslaved is up there with any in film or theatre.
Kong actor discusses role.
The first batch of DLC for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will see you take control of porky side character Pigsy as he embarks on a mission to build the perfect woman out of scrap metal, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed.
Actually named Lindsey Shaw.
Heavenly Sword and Enslaved developer Ninja Theory is hiring for an unannounced project.
The UK studio wants a lead designer for the project, according to a post on its website.
Ninja Theory's looking for someone with "AAA title experience" and "extensive knowledge of major console systems". It would also be "great" to see "experience using the Unreal engine within game design".
Ninja Theory collaborator and Lord of the Rings alumni Andy Serkis has told Eurogamer TV that game developers should take a more "holistic" approach to improve their storytelling.
The Serkis comes to town!
FIFA 11 has spent a second week at the top of the UK all-formats chart. Rival football game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 had to settle for a debut in second.
The same scenes analysed on both PS3 and 360.
Texture streaming and impromptu loading compared...
Welcome to the new bookends to your week! If Out This Week is an aperitif, whetting your appetite for the coming gaming menu on a Monday, then Game of the Week is Friday's brandy and cigars, personally selected by the sommelier. Can we get sir's coat?
Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades will be presenting Enslaved to the Eurogamer Expo 2010 audience on Sunday, 3rd October at 1pm, and for Antoniades his task is a challenging one: convince buyers to take a risk on a new IP at the busiest time of year. Thankfully, he's got quality on his side, not to mention Andy Serkis and Alex Garland: top-tier Hollywood talent that helped build Enslaved from bottom to top. What's more, he's got an exciting session planned where he'll offer a rare glimpse behind the scenes at footage that would otherwise be condemned to the vaults.
Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades has told Eurogamer that the studio's new Devil May Cry project would not stop it embarking on a second Enslaved instalment if the opportunity arose.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a modest success when it launched in 2010. Modest in sales, that is - the few that played Ninja Theory's breezy adventure have often become passionate fans of it. Namco Bandai's hoping to convert more players as it finally brings it to PC this week. To celebrate, here's our original review.
The first half-hour of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West could bring out the jaded cynic in any action adventure fan. Here we go again, you think, as the camera pans round yet another corridor on yet another rusty old spaceship.
Oh look, a gruff, spiky-haired, shirtless man with shoulders bigger than his head. He's got abs you could take a brass rubbing from and he's wielding a big stick. Must be our hero, then.
Ninja Theory pitched the idea of making a full CGI movie of its forthcoming action-adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West but Hollywood producers were unimpressed.
The game may not even be in stores yet but Namco Bandai is already talking up downloadable content for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
How the team visualised terrain.
We capture Trip and Monkey.
The release of PlayStation Move this week means the PlayStation Store has been flooded with Move demos.
Monkey and Trip's symbiotic relationship.
Namco Bandai has revealed a variety of UK Enslaved: Odyssey to the West pre-order deals.
Namco Bandai has unveiled a collector's edition of new action adventure offering Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
Trip-ing the light fantastic.
Ninja Theory takes you behind the scenes.
Enslaved co-writer and The Beach, Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later scriptwriter Alex Garland would have improved early PlayStation 3-exclusive title Heavenly Sword had he worked on the game, developer Ninja Theory has said.
Ninja Theory's first game, Heavenly Sword, made headlines for a few reasons: it was PS3 exclusive, looked good, starred latex-lips Andy Serkis and ever so nearly smashed the proverbial ball out of the park. Ninja Theory's next game, Enslaved, isn't a PS3 exclusive but multiplatform, heading to Xbox 360 as well. Enslaved does, however, have Andy Serkis, plus the temperamental talent of big-bucks novelist Alex Garland, best known for The Beach - book and screenplay.
Namco Bandai's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo a week before it goes on sale.
Top UK developers Jagex (RuneScape) and Ninja Theory (Enslaved) have told Eurogamer exactly what they think about the coalition government's about-turn on tax breaks for the videogames industry.
Time was that Monkey was my hero. Born from an egg, on a mountain top, the funkiest monkey who ever popped.
Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades has told Eurogamer that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves can already be considered the "pinnacle" of its genre.
Celebrated screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later) can be "quite intimidating" to work with, according to Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades.
Namco Bandai has released its E3 trailer for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and it concludes by revealing that the game's due out in October on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Hardly a brown or grey in sight.
Ninja Theory has revealed plans to make only story-based additions to Enslaved after launch this autumn.
Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades has said that the British studio is currently in pre-production on another "full scale" game besides Enslaved.
Tameem Antoniades, Ninja Theory's chief creative ninja - that's according to the business card - looks like he's been yanked back in time from some promising point in the dim future where videogame designers exist in the same social troposphere as Hollywood actors and hip-hop personalities. His face has something of a young Bill Murray's charming cragginess to it, which blends well with the fact that he appears to have borrowed Johnny Cash's hair for the day.
Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory has recalled how being used as a pawn in a console war was both draining and, at times, unfairly abusive.
Enslaved may be published by Namco Bandai rather than Sony, and may be on Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation 3, but Ninja Theory's latest still has a lot in common with its PS3 exclusive, Heavenly Sword - Gollum Serkis is returning to wax lyrical in his own inimitable, rubber-faced way, and there's the familiar promise of a vast, cinematic story brought to life by a convincing cast of characters. One of the lead characters, Trip, also bears a striking resemblance to Nariko.
Namco Bandai has officially announced Ninja Theory's upcoming post-apocalyptic third-person action game Enslaved, which is due out in 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360.
The details match up with those from earlier in the month: you play as Monkey, a "brutish loner" who is bound in life and death to Trip, a Nariko-from-Heavenly-Sword lookalike who modified the duo's slave headbands so that if one of them cops it so does the other one.
It's more than 150 years in the future, and Monkey and Trip are on a slave ship to unknown shores, but they evidently escape and start across post-apocalyptic America fighting straggling humans and "merciless robots left over from wars long past".
A man called Monkey whacks robots.
Ninja Theory will work with Hollywood rubber-face Andy Serkis on new PS3 and Xbox 360 game Enslaved, as the Gollum actor fills the central role of Monkey, a man whose life is spent running from robots.
Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory has finally exposed its next game, "a post-apocalyptic journey" called Enslaved.
Ninja Theory has signed a new publishing deal with Namco Bandai Games.