Ninja Theory: "We've got capacity to do two games"

Enslaved developer sure that the team could work on sequel - plus DMC - if need be

Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades has revealed that the independent development studio has been growing its headcount in the past year to be able to work on two games simultaneously - meaning that the recently-announced Devil May Cry commission could sit alongside any sequel to it's freshly-released title Enslaved.

Speaking to Eurogamer ahead of last weekend's Eurogamer Expo, Antoniades explained that while the studio hasn't specifically prepared for a sequel - to avoid disappointment - the company has the capacity.

"We'll let the game come out, we'll see how it does," he said. "If it does okay, if it actually looks like it's got legs, we'll start thinking about what's next. The thinking from the beginning was not to assume there would be a sequel, just to put everything into this game.

"It's a new IP so let's not plan for a sequel because the chances are we'll only disappoint ourselves. So we mentally prepared for that - we've not planned for a sequel. But if it gains some traction, I'd like to see something happen.

"We've also announced a new project that I can't say too much about, Devil May Cry, and we've moved some team members over to that...we've been growing into two teams for the last year. We've got capacity to do two games," he added.

Ninja Theory's previous project, Heavenly Sword, was also an original IP - but coming at the beginning of the PlayStation 3 life cycle it wasn't able to sell enough units to justify a sequel.

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Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
Had a bash at Enslaved over the weekend and while I didn't have enough time to really get a strong opinion of it, it seemed ok mechanically and looked very lovely. It's so nice to see a post apocalyptic game that has a bit of colour.

It looks like they've really pushed the boat out on this and I hope it gets some success.

Am very interested to see what Ninja Theory will to with the DMC brand too.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
I'm glad to see Ninja Theory do well; especially when they say it was touch & go for a while for them.

I really hope Enslaved sells well; it's a real mix of cultures and styles and it's nice to see a developer and publisher supporting a new IP in the run up to Christmas that's not a shooter, racing game or sports game. I've got my pre-order in with HMV, who are offering an Alex Garland book and the game's soundtrack as extras.

I imagine they're expecting it will sell enough to warrant a sequel, as Namco Bandai have been publicising it quite heavily for months. I will also be interested to see what they can do with Devil May Cry - I, like many series fans, was a little unimpressed by the first information of the reboot, but I'm warming to the idea and I think Ninja Theory can reinvigorate the series as well as anyone.

And I know it's up to Sony, but I hope we get Heavenly Sword 2 one day. I love the first game and would love to know what happens next.
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Private Industry 9 years ago
Let`s see for the Enslaved reviews, was really looking forward to it until playing the demo. I didn`t like the "autopilot" for the platforming sections in the demo.

DMC, not sure what to think about the new Dante look. Really preferred the old look, it`s always a bit of a difficult thing to reboot a character and throw everything out of the window. Even when they rebooted Star Trek they tried to have someone as close as possible to Shattner, but the new Dante does not seem to have anything in common with the old Dante except for the name.

As for Heavenly Sword 2, I would buy that one in an instant. The first one was very well crafted with a solid story and good tech at that time. Nariko was a great character, not one of those standard female characters who already need to be saved.
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Looking forward to seeing what new IPs and titles will be worked on post Enslaved!
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
@ Werner

There are already many Enslaved reviews available, and it seems to be getting very good feedback - such as 4.5/5 from Joystiq, NowGamer PS3 8.3/10, B+ from 1up and an 8/10 from Eurogamer. EDIT - and 8/10 with Edge.

I agree with your comments that the platforming felt a little prescribed and automated, however the same scenario didn't affect my enjoyment of the Uncharteds, so I'm confident that it'll have no overall detrimental effect here either.

I also shared your cynicism over the redesign of Dante in DMC, as I feel he was quite a distinct and almost iconic character that wasn't really in need of a redesign. However, I am warming to the idea of a Ninja Theory-led reboot, and I was tiring of the series by the fourth instalment. At the end of the day it's only aesthetics, and it's obviously the gameplay that really matters, so I'm prepared to wait and see what they have in store for the reinvention.

I would also agree that Nariko was a great female lead; probably my favourite protagonist from any game this generation. The visuals are still amazing, and I think the part was incredibly well performed by Anna Torv (not to mention an excellent turn by Andy Serkis as Bohan as well). I hope we get a sequel, one day.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 5th October 2010 4:04pm

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