Did we mention that El Shaddai looks amazing? Because it does

E3 is just so big, filled with giant news from the big three console makers and the biggest third parties, that when even something special is announced we can miss it. We can even overlook something as big as an original game from some of the staff of Okami and Devil May Cry. That stops now, as we catch up with last week and tell you about how cool the announcement of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is.

Above: Here’s the first part of the premier trailer

The story is loosely based on the biblical tale the Book of Enoch, where you play as Enoch, who's been tasked by God to find the souls of fallen angels before the Lord drops some Old Testament vengeance on earth via a flood. Along the way he gets help from Archangels like Michael and Gabriel, plus Lucifel, aka the future ruler of hell. Though this time Lucifel looks very hip and current as he guides Enoch through his trials. As you could tell from the above video, it’s a sexy mix of 2D and 3D gameplay, and it has no HUD, making the screen free to just keep on looking pretty.

Since we love Okami, we tried our best to follow what happened to the game's now closed developer Clover, with a good portion of that staff forming Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish, Madworld), and that includes Okami’s creative head Atsushi Inaba. But we were surprised to see that the character designer, Sawaki Takeyasu, has joined with publisher Ignition to head up El Shaddai, the first game he’s directing, and he’ll have the support of fellow Capcom alum, Masato Kimura. Just by looking at the videos you can see a similar feel to the art in this gorgeous and strange action game.

Above: And here’s the just-released second part to the trailer

The game’s not coming till 2011 and it wasn’t even playable at E3, but this looks like one of the most interesting and unique games shown last week. And we’d follow anyone involved in Okami into Hell itself. We can’t wait to get our hands on it ourselves, so here’s hoping Ignition will bring this mysterious game by real soon.

Jun 24, 2010


  • LittleBigHamster - June 26, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    O, never mind the Okamiden thing....
  • LittleBigHamster - June 26, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    You know, I wonder why you didn't even mention the DIRECT SEQUEL to Okami: Okamiden... It's coming out in Japan in 2010 on the DS... But whatever, this looks like a great game, maybe that sidescroller jumping part can match up with the minecart level?
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 25, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    I can't imagine what it would sound like with English dubbing, the characters look like Japanese male fashion models... The colors are pretty rad too.
  • Cyberninja - June 25, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    looks like it will be a really good game with a intersing combat system and a great story
  • GR_HenryGilbert - June 24, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    @nemesisuprising No, Lucifel is his official name, because l's and r's can be interchangeable in Japanese. Recaptcha: Norway Mommies
  • Setre - June 24, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to this but I hope it's going to be more than just a hack'n'slash with pretty visuals.
  • nemesisuprising - June 24, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    spelled lucifer wrong?
  • garnsr - June 24, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    I don't know what to make of this game. It looks cool, like a Studio Ghibli movie sometimes, but it's hard to tell what sort of game it really is.
  • IsaacFenix - June 24, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    This looks like a very interesting game, very stylish and unique. My only problem is that the main character looks like a male stripper on a coffee break.
  • cronoman66 - June 24, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    this looks freaking awesome! I love how psychedelic it is, and how characterful the main guys facial animations are, can't wait to see more.
  • ShitMittensShittyKittens - June 24, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    First! Whats that, the craze is over? Oh well. anyway, I have to say, this game looks pretty damn amazing. reCaptcha: rimbaud at Rimbaud at where?

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