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PS3 Exclusive Heavenly Sword Made Ninja Theory No Money

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If ever there was an argument for 3rd party exclusives being stupid, this is it. Ninja Theory, the fellows behind PS3 exclusive action game Heavenly Sword have revealed that despite selling over one and a half million copies of the lauded title they’ve yet to break even.

"It’s difficult. Heavenly Sword came out pretty early on the PS3, and we sold, I think, a million and a half copies, and that’s still not enough as an independent studio to break even," said Ninja Theory co-founder and game designer Tameem Antoniades.

"The publisher potentially breaks even at that point, but the developers don’t," he explained. "It’s just that when so many people have Xbox — I mean over half the market or more has Xbox 360s — why limit yourself to one platform?"

It makes sense then that the developer’s next project, Enslaved, will be heading to the PS3 as well as the Xbox 360 – and that’s a good thing too, because it’s actually looking pretty good. It just makes sense for 3rd party studio to develop multiplatform – unless given truckloads of money by platform holders, of course. the more people that play your game, the better.

Heavenly Sword was released early in the PS3’s life – and while it was a very polished, and pretty well received, I can’t say I enjoyed it much. At least it was better than Lair.

Source : CVG

Last Updated: March 30, 2010


  1. Bobby Kotick needs a hug

    March 30, 2010 at 14:36

    I can’t say Heavenly Sword has ever been on my gaming radar. 🙁


  2. ClericZA

    March 30, 2010 at 14:51

    Am I the only person who is stunned that such a garbage game sold so well? I borrowed HR a few weeks after I got my PS3 and thought it was rubbish.


  3. koldFU5iON

    March 30, 2010 at 15:11

    ARE YOU ALL FREAKING MAD! Heavenly Sword Was MAGNIFICENT! I :heart: that game, it was so well executed and brilliantly story driven, I have yet to see any game’s acting and facial animation come even close to what that managed to do.


    • ClericZA

      March 31, 2010 at 13:59

      Look class, it’s a Heavenly Sword fan. This is a rare species indeed, given the lack of depth to the combat system, the needless implementation of Six-asis, the annoying voice on the main character, and the over mediocrity of everything in the game apart from the graphics. A special sighting indeed.


      • mitas

        March 31, 2010 at 15:05

        lol , thanks sir well taught


  4. WitWolfyZA

    March 30, 2010 at 15:45

    ill get this pre played.. eventaully


  5. Someone

    March 30, 2010 at 17:00

    Never had a PS3 when this game came out.
    Yet I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.

    I might have gotten it for Xbox (at the time[If it was MultiPlat]) coz I was looking for a hack&slash around then.


    • Someone

      March 30, 2010 at 17:10

      Just as a side thought, after reading this.

      If GT5 does come out soon will it be able to turn profit?
      Even if it sell 2x or 3x more than this game… is that enough to cover cost of 5+ years of Dev and turn mega profits?


  6. lans

    March 30, 2010 at 20:30

    they sold 1.5 million copies and made over 100 million dollars in revunue, seriously, this reeks of bad management, alot of games sell less than that and are still profitable, if you want to use the golem to motion cap ur game , expect to pay heavy losses.

    GT5 costs were 60 million stated publically, which is probably 80 million at the moment because of delays GT prologues has sold 4.6 million units and has mitigated the huge dev cost, GT5 will have to sell more than 2.5 million to make a substantial profit. But reports claim that gt prologue paid most of the dev costs


    • SlippyMadFrog

      March 31, 2010 at 10:02

      Forza 3 is the better driving simulator, it’s a FACT :ninja:


      • lans

        March 31, 2010 at 12:55

        dont be a retard and if you looked at the new super gt videos, you’re only confirming your ignorance dont pretend you like simulation games, your a fly by night gamer, so your opinion means moot


        • SlippyMadFrog

          March 31, 2010 at 13:44

          I’ve been gaming since you were sucking on your mother’s teet, FACTTTT!!!

          Resistance is futile against my barrage of undeniable PHACTS!!1!


      • WitWolfyZA

        March 31, 2010 at 13:15

        GT5 will be the true console seller. That why they release close to Xmas. Think about… 3 months later… BAM 3 million games sold


        • Bobby Kotick is just plain annoying...

          April 1, 2010 at 08:01

          Ah but you’re forgetting, Microsoft will retaliate by perma-banning 3 million xboxes from Live, thus ensuring 3 million retard sales (just in time for Halo: Here we go again!).


  7. SH

    March 31, 2010 at 09:24

    The game was rather crap to begin with. Apart from the pretty cinematics, there wasn’t any core experience there.

    Gameplay was really watered down in comparison to other titles in the genre.


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