What Is The New Ninja Theory Project?

The Heavenly Sword developers have a new website as well as a bunch of (utterly gorgeous) concept art paintings scattered around the various web pages:

concept 1

concept 2

concept 4

Hi-res versions available here.

This looks quite a bit different from HS. For one thing, there are mechanised/pseudo-futuristic buildings, with an almost steampunk quality to them. I would think that Heavenly Sword 2 is basically a no-brainer, but these don’t necessarily match with the setting of that game… or do they? (Dramatic chord goes here.) My old blogger-in-arms Number Three and I had once idly discussed the idea of pushing Heavenly Sword’s timeline way forward for the next game, since the story setting is based around a clan that protects the sword over generations. On the other hand, here is the wording used on the site:

Right now we’re working on an exciting new concept that has got everyone we talk to buzzing. We can’t say a lot except that it’s going to be great to work on and should be even better to play! It’ll take all the things we loved about Heavenly Sword and make them bigger and better than ever before.

Take from that what you will. By itself it reads like pretty standard marketing-speak. But, consider this utterly unrelated (?) quote from the BBC’s blog, post-GDC:

So what else was I shown? Well, I was shown a trailer for a game not due out till 2009 but was sworn to absolute secrecy. Apparently, Sony just wanted to give a glimpse of what the console will be capable of.

In fact, the game is such a secret that when I mentioned the game to Phil Harrison last week he was unsure at first whether even to admit the title existed. When I explained I had been shown it under strict Non Disclosure Agreement terms he looked relieved.

I don’t mean to be a tease - all I can say is that I was left speechless. If the footage I was shown truly is “in game”, as told to me by the Sony PR people, then we could be on the brink of a step change in what games consoles are capable of in terms of story-telling and immersion.

And there I’ll leave it. Feel free to speculate on what I was shown. I cannot, of course, confirm or deny what it was….

I have no hard reason to tie these two things together. But it sort of seems to fit, y’know?


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