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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an upcoming tactical action-adventure game in development by Ninja Theory. The game is to be published by Namco Bandai Games for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the US on October 5, 2010 and the UK on October 8, 2010. The demo was released on September 15, 2010 in EU PlayStation Store.
Enslaved is a story set one hundred and fifty years into the future where a global war has decimated the Earth. In this future, nearly the entire human race has been eradicated, but robots still plague the land. Although they are from a bygone era, they are still following their orders to eradicate the humans. The storyline is loosely based on the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.
The main character in the game is called “Monkey”. He has spent his entire life running from the machines and is a solitary man. Eventually Monkey is captured by the death machines, where he is placed on an airship. It is there that he meets a technologically adept woman named Trip. Although they escape the airship working as a team, Monkey gets knocked unconscious at one point. When he comes to, he finds a mysterious headband that he cannot remove. It was apparently placed there by Trip, who needs him to help her get home. However because of his personality, she resorts to this magical headband, which will “crush his skull” if he doesn’t follow her orders. As they try to make their way back to Trip's home village they must fight robots that have been lying dormant for years. The two of them have a strained relationship but in order to survive this perilous world they are going to need each other's help.
The game is being developed by Ninja Theory and the story is being written by Alex Garland. The game's score is provided by composer and musician Nitin Sawhney. The game is also being directed by Andy Serkis, who also does the motion capture for Monkey and helps with script writing. Flashing images of Serkis would play a key role in Monkey's storyline.
The player controls Monkey, using his various martial abilities and weapons to protect Trip—for if she dies, he dies. He also uses his climbing skills to ambush enemy robots. Although Trip cannot fight, she can protect herself by using a handheld EMP device to temporarily stun enemies which gives her time to escape.
Trip has the ability to use a dragonfly camera to explore the game, find and identify hidden enemy patrols, and display their radius. It can also detect robots' weak points, such as machine gun attachments that Monkey can rip off to use as weapons. The player can avoid combat, with Trip riding on Monkey's shoulders. Trip can be a distraction while Monkey sneaks up on enemies.
According to Creative Director Tameem Antoniade at Ninja Theory the DLC for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will be a side-story to the narrative.
The DLC will not interfere with the main story to avoid a clash in the story plot. Ninja Theory intends to develop on the DLC if sales prove to be successful.
- Enslaved - Odyssey to the West official website
- Enslaved - Odyssey to the West on Facebook
- Enslaved - Odyssey to the West on Twitter
- OneMetal's article Hands-on with Enslaved - Odyssey to the West
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Namco Bandai Games (September 29, 2009). Namco Bandai Games Announces Enslaved for the PlayStation 3. IGN. Retrieved on 2009-11-25
- ↑ Enslaved: Odyssey to the West gets firm release date.
- ↑ Eurogamer.net (March 29, 2010). Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview. Retrieved on 2010-03-29
- ↑ Video Games Blogger DLC Preview.