Even though UK based developer Ninja Theory is deep into development on its next game, the studio continually receives requests for sequels to games like Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, or DmC: Devil May Cry. In a recent interview, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice creative director Tameem Antoniades provides a little insight in to the possibilities of a potential sequel for many of the studio’s previous games. Unfortunately, those chances are not looking too good.
The biggest hurdle that that’s currently standing in the way of any potential sequel is the fact that Ninja Theory doesn’t actually own the IP for a game like DmC: Devil May Cry. In order to kick off a project like that, the IP owner, in this case Capcom, would need to green light the project. Considering that DmC was a fan favorite, but not very profitable, the chances appear slim for a sequel.
Even though the decision may be out of the hands of people like Antoniades, he does go on to confirm that the studio would jump at the chance to create a sequel to one of its past games. In fact, the studio still reaches out to those publishers to see if maybe there was any thought to creating one of those highly requested follow ups.
Until that time however, Antoniades does admit that Hellblade is somewhat of a spiritual successor to Heavenly Sword as it’s the studio’s chance to take ownership of things it’s passionate about in their previous games. Antoniades admitted that a Heavenly Sword sequel would likely have been darker and starred Nariko’s adopted sister Kai. The ironic thing here is that, the story line would have involved her going to hell, a similar theme to the studio’s current project, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
For now, Hellblade represents Ninja Theory’s first attempt at independent AAA game development, supporting a project that big publishers deem ‘unsellable.’ Even though Ninja Theory is venturing out on its own, the studio’s trademark high production values being on full display thanks to detailed character models alongside revolutionary tech around the capture of life-like facial animations.
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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is scheduled for launch sometime in 2017 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.
Source: Game Informer