A while back, it was announced that Namco Bandai and developer Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword) would be teaming up for a new project, and thanks to some newly revealed details, we now know what that project is. It’s a post-apocalyptic tactical action title called Enslaved being developed for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 due out next year.
The game takes place in America 250 years in the future, and follows the begrudging partnership between a brawns-over-brains dude named Monkey and brains-over-brawn gal named Trip, who end up fighting alongside each other after escaping from a band of slavers. Obviously, Monkey’s strength means he’ll be doing most of the heavy lifting (and smashing, thanks to his trusty staff) while the AI-controlled Trip will handle the computer hacking and other tech-related activities.
Actor Andy Serkis, who did motion capture for Heavenly Sword and portrayed King Bohan in the game, will supply and oversee Monkey’s movements. Heavenly Sword composer and British music producer Nitin Sawhney has signed on to do the game’s score, while 28 Days Later scribe Alex Garland will be co-writing the game’s script.
It appears that Ninja Theory and Namco have assembled a pretty stellar crew for this thing, and while I’m this close to being over stories set in post-apocalyptic settings, I’m interested to see if the developers can successfully pull off the whole primitive/futuristic duality idea, because that’s always a compelling conflict, and it's something that I've wanted to see executed well in video game form for a long time.
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Any preliminary thoughts on Enslaved? What did you think of Heavenly Sword? And what do you hope is different in the new game?