Heavenly Sword Devs Working on Original IP for Namco Bandai

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Been wondering where Ninja Theory ran off to after finishing up the hit PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword? Yeah, me too!

Well, the UK-based dev house has resurfaced in the news today attached to an unnamed “original new IP” currently in development for PS3 and Xbox 360 for release sometime in 2010 by Namco Bandai. That’s all we know at the moment, but more details are said to be on the way in the coming months. Don’t really need to know much more myself. Heavenly Sword remains one of my favorite games this generation — damn all the haters saying it’s too short! — so anything new from Ninja Theory has my undivided attention.

Read on for official comments from Namco Bandai and Ninja Theory about the partnership.

“Ninja Theory’s first title exemplified their incredible talent and ability to deliver a high-quality, cinematic and captivating gameplay experience,” said Makoto Iwai, executive vice president and chief operating officer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “With producers from our North American office working closely with such a strong European development studio, we will be able to create a blockbuster title with strong pan-Western sensibilities and appeal for a global gaming audience.”

“This new project pushes our core strengths of rich story-telling, cutting-edge technology and exciting gameplay beyond anything we have created before,” said Nina Kristensen, co-founder and chief development ninja, Ninja Theory Ltd. “The support of NAMCO BANDAI combined with the skills and talent we have nurtured over the years means that players are going to be in for a truly deep and memorable experience.”

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