If you’re wondering why Ninja Theory went from PS3 golden boy to a multi-platform developer the reason is simple. Money. Or more like a lack of it as the beautifully choreographed PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword failed to sell enough to make a profit. Co-founder Temeem Antoniades told CVG “It’s difficult. Heavenly Sword came out pretty early on the PS3, and we sold, I think, a million and a half copies, and that’s still not enough as an independent studio to break even,”
A million and a half copies and still no profit? That’s some major development costs to soak up! In order to stay afloat, Ninja Theory are currently working on Enslaved for both PS3 and Xbox 360 adding “Half the market or more has Xbox 360s – why limit yourself to one platform?” It’s hard to argue with such logic, unless of course the ported version doesn’t live up to the lead sku (PS3’s Bayonetta and 360’s FFXIII for example). So while it’s doubtful that fan of Heavenly Sword will ever get a sequel, Enslaved maybe able to fill that Nariko-shaped gap. To recap, Enslaved is set over 150 years in a post-apocalyptic future where you control Monkey, a brutish loner who partners up with AI controlled Trip who looks remarkably like a well known red-haired lass (more images found after the break).We have a few months to wait for that as it’s not scheduled for release until Autumn 2010 but it’s something to look forward to.