Ninja Theory would “definitely like to work” with Alex Garland again

Wednesday, 6th October 2010 09:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades has told VG247 he’d “definitely like to work” again with Enslaved writer Alex Garland.

Hollywood writer Garland, who penned 28 Days Later, The Beach and even an adaptation for the Halo movie, wrote the game’s story, but Antoniades says there could be “plenty more” learnt between him and Ninja Theory.

“It goes without saying that Alex is a very talented writer, but he brought so much more than his writing to the game,” said Antoniades.

“As a film producer he brought a refreshing perspective to the game, and one that we learnt a lot from. There’s plenty more we can learn from each other!”

How it all began

Antoniades previously detailed how Garland had come on board to write the story for Enslaved, based on the old Chinese tale Journey to the West, with a partnership that’s lasted for two years.

“I met Alex through an agent and had coffee with him,” he told us in a previous interview at Namco Bandai’s pre-E3 event in Barcelona earlier this year in May.

“He was looking for a way into games, and we offered him full collaboration. That just organically grew. First, we co-wrote the story and stuff, and then he started to look at the game like he would look at the movie – he’s also a producer of movies.

“He looks at how the cameras are done, the dialogue, the tone, the editing, even the in-game stuff: the in-game atmosphere, the moments that you pick out.”

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West releases on Friday in the UK for PS3 and 360. Expect the full interview with Tameem Antoniades by the end of the week.



  1. troyx

    such a fantastic game ! i hope it sells well so we can see more games like that .

    #1 4 years ago
  2. M2Kx

    Hm… why not? The story was good, but there was more potential imo.

    /e: @1: Ehm… it’s far away from fantastic ;)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. EscoBlades

    I played this at Eurogamer. Definitely NOT fantastic.

    edit: In my humble opinion

    #3 4 years ago
  4. daytripper

    @3 ever heard of opinion?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. EscoBlades

    @4: Yes actually. I was giving mine.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Tallon 4

    Was not happy with the demo but wasn’t able to cancel my pre-order.

    I received the game yesterday and it’s a great game! In chapter 4 now and must say that NT never should have taken the first level to make the demo.

    The real game opens up after the first level and I really love it :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DePetri

    Too bad that the overly simplistic platforming kills this game.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. M2Kx

    Yep that’s the worst thing about this, because platforming is the main part of the game and it gets pretty boring :/

    #8 4 years ago
  9. daytripper

    @5 well reading “Definitely NOT fantastic” came across you was giving it as fact, not opinion. i dont think caps lock words give extra weight to anything.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. EscoBlades

    @9: Changed it.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Psychotech

    ah so he was responsible they replaced the demons from the tale with robots?score!!!
    the game is 7-8 hours long and there’s nothing to do after that,no replay value.They should have called it “A short TRIP to the West” instead and that’s where the whole Rental concept comes in handy

    #11 4 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    I don’t understand why not more developers do what NT does. Is it really so hard to hire a writer and give him a full collaboration?

    #12 4 years ago

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