In a blog post by Sawaki Takeyasu (character designer of El Shaddai), he noted that the number of people who downloaded the El Shaddai was that of an “Olympic Record” over the past week. The demo shows sections of what is believed to be the third level of game where you play Enoch, a holy warrior sent to earth by Lucifel to retrieve eight rogue archangels that have disobeyed Gods commands and are running rampant on the promised land. Takeyasu notes that due to the earthquake, the possible reprints of the game may take longer than expected so if you wanted to play the game on the release date, he recommends to preorder it. It’s only nine days until the official Japanese release of the game (with the Artbook and various other goodies likely to come one day before that) so if you haven’t already, I recommend downloading the demo while you still can before it goes down (It happened to Catherine).
El Shaddai, despite not being out yet, has recieved a fair amount of interest from the gaming community (And by gaming community, I mean Nico Nico Douga users) for it’s stunning atmosphere, unique story, and amazing presentation. While the game is slated for a Japanese release on April 28th (and a western release sometime this summer), Famitsu announced today that Ignition’s first original project will have a demo, avaliable April 14th. It hasn’t been confirmed whether the demo will be reaching both the PS3 and the 360 however it is relativly easy to make a Japanese PSN/Live account to access the demo with. Current trailers for the game have been rather cryptic with how battles are conducted so a trailer should be worth a look from anyone even the tiniest bit interested in such a unique game.
In a collaboration with Square Enix, Ignition Entertainment has been releasing various merchandise for their latest (and so far, only) game, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. Disregarding the game’s designer jeans which managed to sell out within three minutes due to a huge fan demand, Square Enix have also commisioned: An artbook, A strategy guide, some creepy looking nendroids and most recently, a soundtrack. The soundtrack will be released on April 27th, a mere one day before the release of the game itself for ¥2,800 (a sample of the soundtrack can be found here). First print runs of the soundtrack will contain an special sleeve case which can be seen as the image to this article. El Shaddai will be released for Western territories sometime this summer.
Despite not being out yet, El Shaddai: Ascention of the Metatron has gotten a very surprising amount of support. The original trailers of the game have been remixed several hundreds of times, Jeans modeled around the central characters of the games were sold out within the first three minutes of production and now Square Enix is getting involved. In a 15 second trailer on Square Enix’s website, Lucifer engages in a phone call to Ignition saying that Go as demanded them to make thm Publish the Official El Shaddai Art Book (This follows up from a similar video in the same style promoting El Shaddai figurines not unlike those to your left). El Shaddai will be released on April 28th in Japan and sometime this summer elsewhere in the world.
It’d be fair to say that El Shaddai has gained a cult following in Japan. This becomes even more obvious when a limited edition pair of jeans designed to replicate those of Enoch and Lucifer sold out within the first three minutes of retail. Either way, Ignition has now confirmed that El Shaddai is officially complete and it will be avaliable for its Japanese release date of April 28th. Ignition also said that details of an American and European release will be announced shortly. Along with this announcement, it seems that Ignition aren’t taking break from development as a trademark for “Boom Unleashed”. What does all of this mean? At the moment only Ignition seems to know.
El Shaddai is Ignition Japan’s first big self developed title. It has an odd modern take on a biblical tale taking place in the Book of Enoch. The devil is shown as a modern looking 20 something wearing jeans and a nice shirt with a cell phone while you play a more traditional looking holy warrior wearing white armor. The basic game is going to be an action game that combines 3D action and some 2D stages as well with a very unique art style. The game will be hitting Japan on April 28th of 2011. There’s still no word on the English release but they should be announced shortly.
In a recent interview from Siliconera with the head of Marvelous Entertainment they mentioned that the Parallax heavy game Muramasa : The Demon Blade might benefit from the 3D effect. Tomio Kanazawa responded favorably saying “That’s a pretty good idea! That is one of the many things we think our fans want, and we want to provide to them,”.
Marvelous has been confirmed to be working on several 3DS projects. One of which is a new Harvest Moon game and the other is Animal Resort.
There is also rumor going around that Muramasa may be ported to HD consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 as a downloadable product.