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Enslaved Got A lot Right That Heavenly Sword Didn’t Says Ninja Theory

by Ernice Gilbert on August 5th, 2010, under Hot, News, Ninja Theory

Before there was Enslaved, you had Heavenly Sword. A game developed by Ninja Theory and owned by Sony. Now, though, the focus is all on Monkey and his companion Trip. According to Ninja Theory, the studio developing the game, Enslaved: Odyssey To The West got a lot right that Heavenly Sword didn’t.

I guess the older you grow the more wisdom and experience you get? All truths are parallel, friends.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Tameem Antoniades, co-founder of Ninja Theory said that they’d placed all their efforts into Heavenly Sword, and are doing the same with Enslaved. According to him, Enslaved is a better game for many reasons, including the addition of game developer Alex Garland.

“Yes, it would have been,” Antoniades said when asked if Heaven Sword would have been better had Garland been part of the team back then. “He’s got something that as game developers we don’t have, which is this keen visual eye for storytelling.”

He continued: “So undoubtedly, yes. Not only does that kind of approach make the story hold up, it actually improves gameplay. If you can hit the mark, the game stops being a collection of animations, gameplay moments and story moments, and it can transcend and become this experience that you just immerse yourself in.

And that’s the objective. Honestly I don’t know if we’re going to hit that – you never know when you’re developing. But that’s what we’re trying our best to do.”

Antoniades went on to explain what makes Enslaved more fun, and how Heavenly Sword could be accused of leaving a “big void of gameplay where there’s nothing happening”.

“[Enslaved] is much more varied, it’s much more fun,” he said. “It’s easily the best game we’ve done by a long way. There isn’t going to be any problems with that aspect.”

“The storytelling… Our objective was to break away from cut-scenes telling the story as much as possible, so a lot of the story happens in voice-over. We got the actors back in, we wrote a full VO script, Alex would look at the whole game and write scripts as we were playing it and the actors would go over the game and ADR [Automated Dialogue Replacement] over the game footage.

It never feels like there’s a story in the cut-scene and then there’s a big void of gameplay where there’s nothing happening, which Heavenly Sword could be accused of doing.”

And there you have it. It seems as if Enslaved: Odyssey To The West will be an extremely enthralling experience. And as for Heavenly Sword, I thoroughly enjoyed that game.

More through the Eurogamer link up top.

The game’s out in on October 8th in Europe and on the 12th in the US for PS3 and Xbox 360.


  1. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 4:11 am

    nice, im really looking forward to this.
    shame there not doing a sequel to heavenly sword though, that last level had so many enemies on screen and such a large battlefield it left my jaw on the floor!
    still does, i mean ive never played a game that has that many enemies on screen, just the scale of the game was nothing short of amazing!
    i only wish sony would hand the IP off to SA, imagine the masterminds of GOW3 working on a game like that!

  2. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 5:45 am

    A Heavenly Sword sequel would be sick, utterly sick! I’d be it before it even came out…..

  3. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 7:53 am

    Yeah I’d definately buy heavenly sword 2. As for this game, I’d say it’s growing on me but I think I’ll need a demo to be sure.

  4. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 8:31 am

    True, and I think Ninja Theory said that they’ll be releasing one…. So that’s good.

  5. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 10:49 am

    hope they release one soon its due out in under a month!
    i hate it when developers wait till 1 or 2 weeks before release to release a demo.
    cough maifa 2.
    i mean seriously what is the point of waiting so long?
    most people play demos to see if they should preorder the game or not, but its going to preorder the game 2 weeks from release!
    mafia 2 and K&L2 here have already sold out, if you dont have a preorder than you will have to wait till the 2nd batch get here which normally take 2 weeks after release.

  6. Fri, 6th Aug 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, I know what you mean, it’s still looking good, though!

  7. Sat, 7th Aug 2010 at 9:12 am

    im a little worried about the cops getting really frustrating, but besides that im really looking forward to it!

  8. Sat, 7th Aug 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Same here.

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