El Shaddai best on PlayStation 3

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ignition has said the PlayStation 3 is “by far” the lead platform for the Japanese-developed El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron.

“I always tell people that ‘by far, the lead SKU is PlayStation 3,’” Ignition’s Shane Bettenhausen told the US PS Blog.

“It is a Japanese game, and in Japan, PlayStation is just so much more relevant than Xbox. It’s sold more than 10 times as many copies on PS3.”

The publishing representative said the game runs at a constant 60 fps on the PS3 and “the controls just feel better”.

The game’s Japan-pride vibe continues with an option to play with the original voices rather than the English version.

“We definitely wanted to keep the Japanese voices in because, in Japan, the actors they use are famous anime guys. But I will say that the English voices are the best dub we’ve had yet, and Lucifel, who’s probably the character with the most lines, is voiced by Jason Isaacs from Harry Potter,” Battenhausen said.

El Shaddai has become something of a cultural force in Japan, spawning several memes and a merchandise extravaganza; understandably, Ignition would like to repeat its performance.

“We definitely would like to do future El Shaddai brand extensions, and I would love of course to work with all the guys from the original game on those, but right now… nothing new to announce on El Shaddai. But we’d definitely love to bring all those guys back,” Battenhausen said.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 via digital distribution, with a US release on July 26 and European on September 9. A demo is available on the US PSN.

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