SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Oct. 5, 2010) ? Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that ENSLAVED?: Odyssey to the West? is now available nationwide for the Xbox 360? video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation?3 computer entertainment system. Developed by Ninja Theory Ltd., the post-apocalyptic action-adventure features influences and contributions from top music and film industry talent. ENSLAVED combines beautifully rendered graphics and captivating music with seamless animation and engrossing gameplay to deliver a premier entertainment experience.
Set 150 years in the future, ENSLAVED takes place in an unrecognizable America, where war and destruction have ravaged the population leaving few human survivors and a world reclaimed by nature. Mysterious slave ships roam the land, capturing the dwindling population for unknown purposes and taking them out west, never to return. Technologically savvy young Trip and strong brutish Monkey are two survivors who have both been imprisoned by one of these slave ships. Trip manages to escape by using her mental prowess while Monkey, uses his raw physical power to tear through his confines. Trip knows that she can not make it safely back home on her own, but believes that Monkey is her only chance to survive. She hacks into a slave headband and fits it on Monkey to link them together ? if she dies, he dies? Her journey has now become his.
Together Monkey and Trip form an unlikely, but complementary team whose respective strengths will be critical in their journey. In ENSLAVED, players take direct control of Monkey, with gameplay revolving around combat, strategy and environmental traversal. Monkey attacks and defends using his trusty staff weapon to deliver punishing melee attacks and combos, ranged stun and plasma blasts, blocks, and intense finishing takedowns. Players must survey each environment and work closely with AI partner Trip to ensure both make it through each area?s dangers and progress safely onwards. Trip provides vital support with her cerebral talents, offering Monkey invaluable intel on enemies, identifying optimal routes, upgrading Monkey?s abilities and more.
A selection of exclusive incentive items is available to customers who purchase the game from several participating retailers, ranging from downloadable content (DLC) to limited quantity retail packs that come bundled with the game and bonus item. Additional paid post-launch DLC will be available in the coming months, featuring a side story for Pigsy, the comical porcine character who helps Trip and Monkey in the main storyline. Players must have the retail game in order to access the DLC content. More details on this premium DLC will be shared in the near future.