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Namco Bandai's UK marketing boss, Lee Kirton, has revealed that the publisher still has plans for Ninja Theory's post apocalyptic adventure, Enslaved.

"We are exploring new opportunities with Enslaved of course." Kirton told VG247. "As a video game developer and publisher we have learned a lot, and this industry continues to on a regular basis, and yes there would have been some things that would have been done different."

Although the game has now clocked over 730k units, the game fell well short of Namco's initial target of 1 million, and was considered a disappointment from a sales perspective. Namco has admitted that it 'got Enslaved's timing wrong'.

"Ultimately what we did was put a lot of love behind something that we truly respected." Kirton explained. "We built a great amount of awareness around the title, we created a ‘word of mouth’ buzz, it got great reviews, got picked all across the national press, lifestyle media, got some great nominations for many awards and Namco Bandai is mentioned as a publishing hero."

Enslaved: Journey to the West scooped up the Best New IP award at last night's Develop Awards, an accolade that will undoubtedly help the future of the franchise.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

There's certainly a lot of love for Enslaved in the office. Tom gave it a respectable 8/10 in his review, calling it "an excellent new IP in an era when sequels dominate the gaming landscape". I was particularly fond of the game, and news that Namco Bandai is looking into 'new opportunities' fills me with a warm fuzziness. While it was looking bleak at one point, I'm still crossing my fingers for that sequel.

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Woffls@ IndoorHeroes

Perhaps not. I did actually spend a good few seconds thinking about whether I should say "comfortably", "quite comfortably", "narrowly" or simply "broken even".

I even considered the price drop, but I thought it reached over 400k within the first quarter? I can't remember now :s 400k is still good, right? I've not been that far out of the loop.
Posted 11:25 on 21 July 2011
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IndoorHeroes@ Woffls

I doubt it's broken even *comfortably* Woffls, don't forget that a lot of those sales will have been long after its been reduced to about a tenner.
Posted 11:10 on 21 July 2011
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Wido

I liked Enslaved, and I was happy with how much I paid for it as well. Thank you GAME and your supposedly 'mistaken' price sticker on the case on Boxing day.

The ending however was a complete brain melter. The main plot of the game was blown out of the window, but the relationship between Trip & Monkey was superb.
Posted 11:01 on 21 July 2011
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Woffls

yeeyyyyy! Wasn't aware it had shipped 730k. That's far less than it deserves, but it should have broken even quite comfortably. I only rented this game (and played it twice) but I'm actually compelled to buy it now. Might buy it on 360 just to get the achievements again :D
Posted 10:17 on 21 July 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Same, would adore a sequel as would my girlfriend. It was great just to play a game that had such rich environments and not just grey/brown bleakness. Uncharted is also great for this.
Posted 10:13 on 21 July 2011

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 08/10/2010
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 4,050 826
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