Ninja Theory has revealed that
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was once in line for some significant
expansions, but that lackluster sales of the game killed any hopes of
Reflecting on deeds undone in the latest issue of Edge magazine, the studio said it had planned to beef up
Enslaved with a multiplayer online game in which players would scoot
around with friends on Monkey's “cloud” hoverboard. What's more,
Ninja Theory had hoped to give the story more room to breathe with
additional DLC beyond Pigsy's Perfect 10.
Unfortunately, Ninja Theory's passion
for Enslaved didn't match that of the general public, prompting the studio to move on to more dependable projects like its upcoming
Devil May Cry reboot, DmC. Speaking candidly about Enslaved's mark on
the industry, creative director Tameem Antoniades noted: “I'm
not sure. We wanted to create affecting characters that felt more
like real people than cardboard cutouts. If the game had been more
successful, perhaps other games would follow suit and deem it a
worthwhile pursuit. But perhaps instead it will be held as an example
of why it doesn't matter. Either way, it won't stop us from trying. I
truly believe characters and story can elevate the gameplay and
affect people in deep and satisfying ways."
In an earlier interview, Ninja
Theory's Lee Kirton said the studio was “very proud” of how it
was received by those who played it, and hinted a sequel was still a
possibility. Sadly, that dream later died when Ninja Theory realized
it did not have the manpower to work on both an Enslaved sequel and
the new DmC.
now we should have been doing a sequel and perfecting that sequel and
doing what franchises do, which is get better over time,” explained
Antoniades in a chat with Edge last September, adding, "[But]
because that didn't happen we've not expanded to two teams like we
intended to. So we've remained a smaller shop. But now we get another
chance with DMC."
there you have it: the life and death of a franchise with massive
potential. It's always possible Ninja Theory might try again down the
road – spinoff PSN/XBLA game, anyone? – but we're not holding out
any hope. Are you?