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Rumor: Heavenly Sword sequel in development

A Heavenly Sword sequel is back on the table according to sources at UK magazine PlayGamer. Although the original game's creator, Ninja Theory, long ago distanced itself from the Sony-owned property, the magazine claims another unnamed studio has stepped in to pick up the pieces and take the franchise in an entirely new direction.

If the rumors prove true, the Heavenly Sword follow-up will take place a decade after the events of the first and feature an open-world format wherein players can replay missions at their whim. The original heroine Nariko is not likely to make an appearance (spoiler: she died), but the weapon for which the game was named will again be playable, but not until players have proven themselves worthy of wielding its powers.

Released for the PS3 in 2007, Heavenly Sword sold over a million copies and received above average reviews. In 2008, Ninja Theory's IT Manager “Peonic” confirmed the studio had moved on to other IPs (namely, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West), and it had no plans to head up a sequel, announcing, “We’re not abandoning HS just on a whim because we want to go off and do something different – there’s a great huge raft of reasons behind us taking the direction we are – and it’s also the nature of the business that I’m not allowed to share any of those reasons with you.”

Shortly after, Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe announced the cancellation of its own Heavenly Sword sequel, which it had assigned – albeit briefly – to its Sony Cambridge division.

No studio (UK or otherwise) has yet to claim responsibility for the rumored sequel, but like all video game hearsay that  land in May, there's a good chance we'll get definitive answers at E3 next month.

[Source: PlayStationLifestyle]

May 9, 2011

10 comments

  • Boochers823 - May 10, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    I have traded back two games in the last 5 years. HS was one of them.
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 10, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    @turboash: what kind of broken bootleg copy of GOW3 did you get!!! ...seriously tho' HS was a good game that was sadly ignored (like okami THERE I SAID IT!!!!)uw liu
  • Psylockerules - May 9, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Aww man i was excited but then realised i dont own a ps3 back to monkey for me
  • crumbdunky - May 9, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Well, with Cambridge recently hiring again for a "AAA" PS franchise game(and I, even as an old fan of Sir Dan, doubt even Sony would call MediEvil a "AAA" franchise in this day and age)I fully expected the announcement to come ALREWADY that they would be working on this. They were lined up for it once before, they worked on the original with NT when Sony rescued the IP which was seriously mismanaged before they stepped in with NT lucky only to lose the IP. They started as an Xbox game, didn't they? Anyway, they were in the red but Sony saw something in the IP and studio and, for me, HS still stands up today as a decent game and for a launch title was amazing-it just got unfairly treated by reviewers who seemed, at the time, to expect miracles from PS3 games. Anyhow, any other studio being the ones doing this would surprise me massively-Cambridhe, also, seem owed a game to finish as they're always helping everyone out or making a PSP game and not flexing their own muscle fully so I hope this is what's happening and to them. As a fellow englishman I'm keen to see what they can do with the IP now they know more about the PS3 after working with everyone from NT to GG to SSM.
  • garnsr - May 9, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    I think I enjoyed Heavenly Sword more than Enslaved, actually. It's too bad it took so long for the price to drop, more people would have enjoyed it if it weren't $60 for several years, with no trophy support.
  • Estacado - May 9, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    but noriko is dead D: .... cof cof!! prequel........
  • chrisat928 - May 9, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Sony owned IP... Learn to read.
  • DeadlyViper95 - May 9, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    i hope to god its a ps3 exclusive..i dont want the game to be dubbed down just cuz it had to be multiplat!!
  • Turboash - May 9, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    YES! This GOW clone was better than the actual GOW(3)!
  • hllywd212 - May 9, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    As long as Andy Serkis is involved I'm sold.

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