Crim acquires El Shaddai IP
posted on 05.31.13 at 01:55 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Ignition game finds new home.

Crim, the company run by El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron director Takeyasu Sawaki, has acquired the El Shaddai IP from Ignition Entertainment.

The acquisition, according to Ignition, entails Crim “prequel, sequel, and all other derivative rights of the existing game,” which launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. Crim said it “will work with the entertainment industry to develop a potential El Shaddai business moving forward.”

To commemorate the IP acquisition, Crim will host a celebration event at the Asagaya Loft A in Tokyo on August 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 10:30.

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  • LordKaiser

    I can’t stand games with these visuals. it irks my eyes!

  • surakian

    Yes! El Shaddai! I love that game. I’m still trying to platinum it, but I’d kill for a sequel or directors cut. Anything. The game was gorgeous, and while it made no sense at times because of time and budget issues, I still consider it one of my favorite PS3 games.

    • AnimusVox

      I agree. It definitely a hidden gem for the generation.
      Dat art style.

  • Elvick

    That good news. Always nice to have people who care about an IP have control over it. Wish Platinum Games could gain control over Clover’s games. ):

    • PrinceHeir


      also wish Suda51 got the KIller 7 IP from Capcom.

      it’s sitting on their vaults along with Dino Crisis, Onimusha, Megaman, Clocktower

      seriously your not gonna use the IP again, so why not give it to someone that can actually use it?

      plus you get money from it so what’s the problem?

      • MasterSensei

        I can’t help but worry if someone else gets the Megaman IP because, knowing the games of today, it will be a generic first person shooter with Megaman throwing in a few “fuck”s every now and then… but, that all depends on who get’s the Megaman IP that is if it ever leaves the cold, dark dungeons of Capcom.

        • surakian

          They tried making a generic first person shooter without Capcom ever letting the IP go. I don’t how letting it go would hurt it more than it already has been.

        • Elvick

          I don’t think there would be anything wrong with a Mega Man FPS. Structure it like Metroid Prime and it would retain everything that made MMX awesome. And there are so few FPS that try and do things like Metroid Prime does.

          On top of that just a do yet another new version of Mega Man for the FPS genre, like they always have for other gameplay changes they’ve made in the series. Not like we were playing X in Legends, for instance.

          Not a big deal. And like Surakian said, they were developing one at one point anyway. It was cancelled obviously.

          I think of all the classic franchises that would work well in FPS, it would be Mega Man. And MM’s like the ditto of video game characters. He can honestly do whatever, all you need to do is create a new version of him to accomplish it without “ruining” anything.

          Honestly, I’d love a FPS done right with MM. Plus, for exposure to the series it’d be huge. They could do something neat, like include the first game in the classic and X series in the FPS somewhere too, as easter eggs.

        • PrinceHeir

          all i can think of that can give the justice is Nintendo and Platinum Games

  • PrinceHeir

    more El Shaddai would be ace!!

  • SystemLimbic

    people should give this game a shot plus its crazy cheap now

    • bloodiOS

      $20 is crazy cheap?

      • Alkaid

        well remember that not everyone lives in the US or has the same perception. ;)
        For example has the game listed for around13-17€ which is “around” 16-$20. Used it’s even cheaper aka 7€ ($9).

        In France on the other hand the game itself costs (new) 12€, aka $15.
        Italy: again new $16.
        For a PS3 game that’s pretty neat. On the other hand it’s also sad, since the developers should’ve earned much more money with such a nice IP. :/

        • bloodiOS

          Oh right! I forgot to factor in other countries, too. How careless *sigh* x(

          But yeah, it’s a shame that it didn’t really sell too well.

  • bloodiOS

    Now that they got the rights, a digital release and a port for the Vita would be nice. That said, I also wanted them to make an enhanced version of the game for the next-gen systems. As I recall, the original version of the game suffered from being sub-HD, having a costly yet ineffective edge-smoothing solution and a highly varied frame rate during intense combat. With the capability of next-gen systems, the game would definitely look and perform significantly better than it originally did. Beside, the game’s unique art direction should also be more than enough to make it stand out (wouldn’t hurt to have the developers work out some form of tessellation though.)

    • Tetsu

      There’s a digital release on 360, just not PS3

  • ddsfan2

    He should seriously try making an El Shaddai RPG, that kind of atmosphere would compare very favorably to FF13, though he probably doesn’t have enough budget to do so. (I’m cool with a sub-HD handheld release if that is what it takes)

  • RyoonZ

    El Shaddai is a beautiful game and has interesting story, unfortunately the gameplay doesn’t have depth.

  • Aiddon

    good times.

  • new_tradition

    Awesome, I really hope this means there’s more games to come. I thought the original game had a lot of good ideas for narrative and some great characters, but almost nothing gets fleshed out.

    I read that the game did okay in Japan (I think at the time, it was the most DLed demo?), but I don’t know how it did over seas. I really want to be able to play this if it continues >.<

  • Kurisu Makise

    Original creator gets IP back for his studio? Victory! Good job Crim.