Ninja Theory, developers of Heavenly Sword and the soon to be released Enslaved has said that under different circumstances, they would have most likely have made a sequel to PS3 exclusive Heavenlt Sword. The main problem however is that Sony own the IP and the technology.
In an interview with CVG, NT’s Tameem Antoniades said that the motivation to make games for other consoles, coupled with the fact that the studio never made any money from Heavenly Sword meant that the Ninja theory looked to work on new and different project such as Enslaved.
“We couldn’t do Heavenly Sword 2 as a multi-platform because it’s owned by Sony, the tech we developed for that game is also owned by Sony,” Antoniades said.
“There’s a different dynamic with a platform-holder. I mean, we signed up and we were happy to sign up to it because it allowed our studio to grow and we’re really grateful for that, but it feels like, as a studio, we need to think about the next few years, the next games we release.”
“We want them to be multi-platform so we had to come up with a new idea.”
Money, as ever, played a huge part in theri decision to go multiplatform.
“I don’t know if Sony made any money on Heavenly Sword but we didn’t,” he added.
“There are pros and cons. If you’re exclusive you get more attention, but when you’re multi-platform, at this stage in the cycle, there’s more competition. You’ve got to weigh it against each other.”
Shame. Heavenly Sword was a flawed masterepiece. No one played it. Maybe they would have played a sequel?