Wednesday, January 12, 2011

EL Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Gets Japanese Launch Date, New Screens

One of the more intriguing games I've had my eye on, UTV Ignition's El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, is finally getting a Japanese release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 this April with a US and European launch dates to be announced (he typed, with fingers crossed). Here's a look at some of the latest screens from the visually striking action/adventure game. I'll run a gallery later featuring a few of the beautiful (and nicely offbeat) wallpapers from the official site. I may as well stick the press release below the jump so you folks can find out what the game is all about (sorry for the cut 'n paste job - I'm tinkering away on some reviews and such, so I'm cutting back on my word count in today's posts)...


Austin, TEXAS -January 12, 2011 -- UTV Ignition Entertainment Ltd., A leading global developer and publisher of original interactive entertainment, announced today that it will release the highly-anticipated original action adventure, El Shaddai: ASCENSION OF THE METATRON for the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® entertainment platforms on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 in Japan. A release date in Europe and North America will be announced shortly.

El Shaddai: ASCENSION OF THE METATRON is an epic original action adventure game inspired by an alternate telling of biblical mythology as narrated in the 'heretical' Book of Enoch, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The game has been developed by a 'dream team' internal Japanese studio whose former credits include iconic multi-million selling franchises such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Okami. El Shaddai: ASCENSION OF THE METATRON features a disruptive next-generation combat system and stunning original direction from director Sawaki Takeyasu, previously the art director on Okami - considered by some media as 'the most beautiful action game ever created.'
"With an immensely talented development team combined with the game's highly inspired action game play and strikingly unique art style, I am proud to deliver this game to gamers all over the world. I hope you will enjoy the wonderful game experience of El Shaddai," said Game Director Sawaki Takeyasu.
Since its first announcement at E3 in May 2010, El Shaddai: ASCENSION OF THE METATRON has been critically acclaimed for its originality both in Japan, where it won the Japan Game Awards 2010's Future Division award, and internationally where it is has become one of the most eagerly anticipated original releases in 2011.
"El Shaddai: ASCENSION OF THE METATRON has been noted by the media as one of the most anticipated titles of 2011 and UTV Ignition is looking forward to its success," UTV Ignition Entertainment Chairman Hassan Sadiq.

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