London&Glendale (USA), June 10th 2010: UTV Ignition Entertainment has been very pleased to see the global support and interest in our upcoming title El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron following its recent Japanese debut. We are now proud to announce the game for both the North America and Europe gaming markets.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a 3rd person fantasy action title inspired by events in the Old Testament, in particular the apocryphal 'Book of Enoch'. Enoch, a brave and just human, is caught up in a pivotal battle raging between Heaven and the Fallen Angels. Though lacking their monstrous powers, he must overcome the Fallen Angels in order to save humankind from a great flood ordered by Heaven to wash away their twisted empire on Earth. In order to succeed, Enoch must use his natural combat skills and master a range of powerful Heavenly weapons under the guidance of the watchful Archangels. Heaven's true wild card is Lucifel, the enigmatic red-eyed angel, who is always in Enoch's ear with a word of advice and a line in dry wit. The tale combines adventure, humor, and horror, along with breathtaking beauty and heart-tugging emotion.
Our Tokyo-based studio has amassed a hugely talented and visionary team, headed by Sawaki Takeyasu (Game Director, Character Designer) and Masato Kimura (Producer), both of whom have experience of bringing stunning games to market, with credits including Devil May Cry, Okami and Viewtiful Joe. They have been working diligently to create something truly original and iconic for the gaming community in El Shaddai. "When developing this title, it was imperative that we give these immensely talented game designers total artistic freedom," says UTV Ignition Entertainment Chairman Hassan Sadiq. "And they have truly risen to the occasion by forging an adventure that combines a compelling, universally relatable story line with deep gameplay and a uniquely expressive visual style."
We are taking enormous care to ensure that the game is presented in a manner that preserves its creators' vision so that, no matter who plays the game or where they are from, this unique creative impulse shines through. We are sure that El Shaddai will capture the imagination of gamers, just as it has captivated the 100-plus strong team who has spent the last few years bringing it to life.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron will be available for Xbox 360 TM and PlayStation ® 3 in 2011, and UTV Ignition Entertainment will be sharing further information directly following our official unveiling at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next week.
About UTV Ignition
UTV Ignition is a UTV Media Communication company. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in the U.K. with offices in Los Angeles, Florida and Tokyo. UTV Ignition has climbed the US publisher ranking from 50th position to 36th, and now employs 215 people worldwide. In 2007 it received major investment from UTV Software, a diversified conglomerate based in Mumbai India and listed on the Mumbai and London stock exchanges.
UTV has Walt Disney as its major shareholder, which current owns 60% of its common stock. Major titles include the critically acclaimed Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Arc Rise Fantasia, which will ship in June 2010. UTV Ignition's high-end headquarters in the world famous Ealing Studios in London aims to provide the gamer with an artistically inspired, all-encompassing atmospheric experience through its games and movie CG experience.
For more information on UTV Ignition and its products go to: www.utvignition.com
About UTV Software communications Ltd:
UTV Software Communications Limited is India's leading global integrated media house with business interests in Television, Movies, Broadcasting, Games Content and New Media. UTV India&its subsidiaries (UTV) create, aggregate and disseminate content of various genres across varied distribution platforms. Listed on India's premier stock exchange, The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai UTV is India's only diversified media and Entertainment Company with content creation abilities across platforms and genres. It has subsidiaries with offices across India, UK, USA and Japan. The Walt Disney Company holds a strategic stake in UTV.
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