El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Gets a New Owner

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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El Shaddai Enoch

There are some really weird games, and then there is El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, a strange hack-and-slash that takes a page from the Devil May Cry series. Well known for its hilarious cinematics and a flabbergasting story line, the El Shaddai series is an example of how creative game developers in Japan can be. As of  today, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron will find a new home as its developer, Ignition Entertainment, announced that it sold the series’ rights to a company called Crim.

This acquisition of the El Shaddai series allows the new development company with the “prequel, sequel, and all other derivative rights of the existing game,” all of which were developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Crim, which is run by the title’s original director Takeyasu Sawaki, announced that it “will work with the entertainment industry to develop a potential El Shaddai business moving forward.” In its first act after acquiring the IP Crim will be holding a celebration at the Asagaya Loft A in Tokyo on Aug. 12, running from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron puts you in the role of  the biblical figure Enoch, who is on a quest to save the world from the great flood. With the power of holy armor and angelic blessings, you fight through demons and fallen angels in colorful, psychedelic worlds, until becoming the very embodiment of the voice of God, Metatron.

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  • Ben Baker

    Awesome. I hope they port the game to Wii U, simply because it’s one of my favorite games on the Xbox 360.

  • zeezee

    A much funnier headline would be “Crim Buys Rights to The Book of Enoch”, which is basically all El Shaddai really is. The fact that someone could buy it is, frankly, weird, considering that anyone could make a game based upon the content..

    • El Shaddai is an adaptation of the Book of Enoch, not the book itself. It’s no different than Paramount Pictures holding the rights to The Ten Commandments.

    • zeezee

      No kidding? We had no clue.

  • Clinton Nix

    Happy to see this; El Shaddai is such a unique, bizarre game to come out in an industry of me-too’s and generic shooter clones. It’s worth playing for the beautiful art style. The story is quite bizarre at times, but in some ways I found it to be really refreshing. Would love to see a sequel.