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Namco 'proud' of Enslaved despite low sales, won't comment on sequel possibility

There may yet be a future for Trip, Monkey and Pigsy. Despite its disappointing sales, Namco Bandai has stated that it is standing behind Enslaved: Odyssey to the West due to the outpouring of critical and fan praise. It seems a sequel could still be possible. Maybe...

Since its release last October, Enslaved has quietly grown into something of a cult-favorite, joining the likes of Beyond Good and Evil, Psychonauts and Okami in the “games most people ignored, but should really get off their asses and play” category. Thankfully, word of its cult-love has reached the ears of Namco Bandai. In an interview with MCV, the studio's marketing manager, Lee Kirton, hinted that there may be enough fan appreciation to fund a second attempt.

“It didn’t perform as well as we hoped it would, but we’re very proud of how it was received by both the media and the gamers who have experienced it,” said Kirton, continuing, “I can’t discuss where we are in terms of a sequel, but we’re looking at reviews and feedback from the press and because of the gameplay and quality that Enslaved delivered, we see it as a great catalogue title going forward.”

Ninja Theory put a lot of heart and soul into Enslaved, but heart and soul isn't enough when competing with high-profile releases like Halo: Reach, Medal of Honor and Fallout: New Vegas. If a second game were to materialize, it'd need a lot more marketing and a better sense of timing. And yes, more Pigsy.

Jan 28, 2011 

[Source: MCV]

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25 comments

  • Lionzest7 - January 29, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Namco needs to put some effort into some advertising on their future games. No promotions and a bunch of games that are good, don't understand their business tactics at all.
  • Balaska - January 29, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Enlsaved has the best story and characterisation I have seen in a game (or a movie for that matter) in a long time. If you haven't bought it yet, what are you waiting for??
  • skyline19 - January 29, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    I'm happy to be among the few that bought and played this game, it's a real gem no doubt about it. Alot of dedication was put into this title.
  • ChiChiRocket - January 29, 2011 2:58 a.m.

    @cart00n: lol, and seconded. Also *SPOILER* I'm not sure how they're going to get more Pigsy into a sequel...
  • ramenbox - January 29, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    Just placed my order at Play-asia last night. I've been on the lookout for this game ever since I read the review. Play-asia is now selling this at USD16. Great offer, anyone who doesn't have a copy yet should grab this opportunity. As a chinese myself, it's nice to see how the developers improvised the whole concept of Journey to the West. After all, I grew up watching this tv series so it's pretty interesting to see how they change the concepts and make it a brand new experience for gamers. Can't wait for my copy to arrive!
  • KielbasaNinja - January 29, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    @CancerMan I'm going to assume you don't listen to T-Dar or follow any of the twitter accounts. I got my hands on this game barely three weeks after its release for $25. It's easily worth twice that. Remember, Amazon is your friend.
  • cart00n - January 29, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    @flare149: Well, there's no accounting for taste, and since you obviously have none, you definitely shouldn't play Okami, or Psychonauts, or Beyond Good & Evil because, using your rationale, they're all EXACTLY the same as Enslaved... Also, you might want to seriously think about therapy, or possible having yourself committed, because not being able to recognize the chemistry between Monkey and Trip could be a sign that you lack empathy, which makes you perfect for a career either representing the Tea Party, or as a serial killer.
  • CancerMan - January 28, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    This game needs to hurry up and be $20.
  • flare149 - January 28, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    I'm sorry but I just don't see why everyone liked this game so much. It's one of those games that's in the "I actually agree with Zero Punctuation...wow" category for me. Except for the part where he says they have chemistry because that was just dumb. Seriously, like, the fact that GR put it with Okami makes me want to NOT play Okami
  • Garlador - January 28, 2011 10 p.m.

    I ADORE Enslaved. It's a tad short, but every moment of it was a beautiful adventure with fantastic characters. I encourage anybody and everybody to give this game at least a shot, but I've yet to meet someone that didn't walk away surprised and happy they tried it out. Yes, more Monkey, Trip, and Pigsy, please!
  • ChiefLethal - January 28, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    @JamesT Well, I definitely know some executive at Capcom said the same thing. I wasn't sure about Namco, though, so that's why I was curious. I wonder if its a regional/cultural thing, since a few Japanese developers have said the same thing.
  • Hydr0ponicK - January 28, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    Well it's not really "another" sequel
  • Hydr0ponicK - January 28, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    Guess I'll be buying that DLC to encourage another sequel...
  • ViolentLee - January 28, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Played through and enjoyed Enslaved. Great characters, both in acting and models -- complete with emotion on both fronts. Mixes a lot of AAA gameplay styles, maybe not quite perfecting them, but it does a good job overall I thought.
  • Z-man427 - January 28, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Just bought this new the other day and I love it. I'm not even halfway yet, but I already want a sequel.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - January 28, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I would have probably overlooked this game too if it wasn't for you guys praising it and I'm glad you did. I loved this game and would love a sequel.
  • geneticallyalteredsupergiraffeejaculatinggrenades - January 28, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I loved the first one. I would buy a second
  • quarter2 - January 28, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Amazing game. I didn't think the ending left much room for a sequel but I would absolutely love one.
  • JamesT - January 28, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    @ChiefLethal: God, I wish. No it was definitely Namco Bandai
  • ChiefLethal - January 28, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    @Bloodstorm Are you thinking of Capcom?

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