Enslaved: Odyssey to the West News

Ninja Theory confirms it'll keep making console games

Ninja Theory confirms it'll keep making console games

After reports indicated Enslaved dev intended to switch fully to mobile.

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.

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Brink developer Splash Damage hires Enslaved lead gameplay programmer

Brink developer Splash Damage hires Enslaved lead gameplay programmer

Marc Fascia to help with move to "additional gaming platforms".

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".

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Ninja Theory: marketing let Enslaved down

Antoniades points finger at Namco.

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.

Ninja Theory rules out Enslaved 2

Expansion plans didn't pan out.

Plans for a sequel to last year's underperforming adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West have been shelved, according to developer Ninja Theory.

Triple-A games are "crushing innovation"

"Not healthy", says DMC dev Ninja Theory.

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).

Enslaved sales break 700k barrier

Enslaved sales break 700k barrier

Tekken 6 continues to do the business.

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.

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Low Enslaved sales blamed on poor timing

Low Enslaved sales blamed on poor timing

Plus, Namco hints at future for franchise.

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.

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Enslaved sales fail to break 500,000

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.

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Enslaved fails to meet sales targets

Enslaved fails to meet sales targets

Namco fears Majin, Splatterhouse flops too.

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.

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Serkis bigs up Enslaved's Pigsy actor

As good as any film character performance.

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.

First Enslaved DLC detailed

Build a perfect woman in Pigsy's Perfect 10.

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.

Ninja Theory hiring for unannounced game

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".

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Serkis: Games need a "unified concept"

Or else people will skip the cut-scenes.

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.

UK chart: FIFA 11 holds lead

Enslaved, Castlevania make top 10.

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.

Game of the Week

Enslaved? Castlevania? Er, NHL 2K11?

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?

Antoniades: DmC wouldn't stop Enslaved 2

Ninja Theory has staffed up to two teams.

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.

Ninja Theory pitched Enslaved movie

Hollywood: no thanks.

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.

Enslaved DLC detailed

Pigsy to take starring role.

The game may not even be in stores yet but Namco Bandai is already talking up downloadable content for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Who would've improved Heavenly Sword?

Alex Garland, reckons Ninja Theory.

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.

UK tax situation "sucks" - Ninja Theory

"It scares me," adds Jagex CEO.

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.

Alex Garland "intimidating" - Ninja Theory

"He told us all sorts was going wrong."

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.

Enslaved due out in October

Flowery apocalyptic action this autumn.

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.

Namco Bandai officially unveils Enslaved

Namco Bandai officially unveils Enslaved

Post-apocalyptic action from Ninja Theory.

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".

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Ninja Theory's Enslaved detailed

Alex Garland, Andy Serkis on board.

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.