Sony has no issues when it comes to exclusive titles, with a number of games that most companies salivate to replicate. They have so many that one of the more popular early exclusives released in 2007, Heavenly Sword, has been allowed to lay dormant… until now. An animated movie has crept on to the scene, first reported by Eurogamer, of Nariko’s story that will be a Direct-To-DVD release being published by Blockade aside the upcoming theatrical release of Ratchet and Clank. Why after six years though are we seeing our first sightings of Nariko, especially after Ninja Theory scrapped their sequel to the original to work on their remake of the Devil May Cry Series, DmC? The timing of the announcement for the Heavenly Sword movie is perplexing but the greater thought process beyond producing a movie that hasn’t seen a game release since 2007 points, likely, to the fact that the Heavenly Sword sequel that once was is now looking probable for the PS4.
After all, it’s not like the original title in the series sold terribly as the first Heavenly Sword sold around 1.3 Million units in its first two years on the market amongst a struggling console, the PS3, because of an expensive pricing structure for the launch of the system. To compare, DmC has only sold approximately 700,000 copies to date across three platforms which is the game that developer Ninja Theory decided to scrap the sequel in favor of. Taking into consideration that Heavenly Sword sold 800,000 copies in its first year and we haven’t reached the year mark for DmC, the number of platforms becomes more vital when comparing the stats. While the projection for the latter was more than likely stronger considering the lineage of the Devil May Cry franchise, Heavenly Sword saw the support steadily and fans have been calling for another slasher to be added to the arsenal of the PlayStation brand.
There really isn’t another explanation for the fact that Blockade would be producing a movie in relation to the series without something to pair it with. Considering the fact that the PlayStation 4 is coming later this year it would make perfect sense to see a game to be coupled with the movie, as many of the direct-to-video releases are done in conjunction with. The game already has a basis, so it wouldn’t be total restart for the company as the original still holds up well in graphical standards and improving models is easier than making new in many cases. There would be little surprise seeing Heavenly Sword make its re-emergence campaign on the PlayStation 4. The original was a early adaptor to the PlayStation 3, why can’t its successor be one on the next generation console for Sony?