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2:15 PM on 07.18.2011

El Shaddai has been delayed to August 16

Ignition has had to delay El Shaddai to August 16, pushed back from its original date of July 26. "Unforeseen logistical issues" have been named as the reason for this surprisingly late postponement notice.  European gamers will be pleased to know that the date for PAL territories is unchanged. It will be available September 9, 2011, as originally planned.

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 07.15.2011

Possible El Shaddai spinoffs could come to Vita, Wii U

Now that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is two weeks away from release in North America, Ignition Entertainment is looking towards the horizon. I spoke to Shane Bettenhausen, the director of business development at Ign...

Patricia Hernandez



El Shaddai Preview: Heretical Art photo
El Shaddai Preview: Heretical Art
by Patricia Hernandez

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. [Genesis 5:24]

Every hero has something unique or extraordinary about him, and as Enoch, grandson of Adam, grandfather of Noah, titular character in El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, you are no exception to that rule. You, a mere mortal, answered a divine call to become the Metatron, a person fit to sit on a throne next to God himself. No pressure.

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3:00 PM on 06.13.2011

Art and games: Okami and El Shaddai developer interview

Calling all Okami fans, and fans of beautiful games in general: I hope you're keeping an eye out for El Shaddai. The game is almost here, and the demo has been out for a while, so if you haven't checked the game out yet, now...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: Go download the El Shaddai E3 demo!

Not at E3? Don't fret, because the playable demo of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron that is on the E3 show floor can be downloaded on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network right now. The thing is 743MB on Xbox Live in case ...

Maurice Tan

10:40 AM on 06.03.2011

El Shaddai: Solid date, new trailer and screens

UTV Ignition announced today that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron will be released in North America on July 26th for PS3 and Xbox 360. Europe gets it a bit later: September 9th. This title was just released in Japan ...

Dale North



Preview: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron photo
Preview: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
by Samit Sarkar

"This game is the reason I joined Ignition three years ago," said Shane Bettenhausen, the publisher's director of business development, at a recent demo of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron in New York. "I hate games that are [birthed] in a conference room by a focus group and a bunch of people who try to make what they think people want."

El Shaddai can be described as the antithesis of that kind of videogame. The London arm of Ignition came up with the outlandish concept for the title: it's a third-person character action game based on the Book of Enoch, an apocryphal Jewish text found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. As if that weren't strange enough, Ignition decided to have the game developed in Japan, mostly because, according to Bettenhausen, "they thought that would be interesting."

"Interesting" isn't even the half of it.

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3:00 PM on 05.14.2011

Check out some gorgeous new El Shaddai screens

Here's a batch of new screens for the upcoming brawler/platformer El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The art style is still as pretty as you remember it, so that's good! I'm really looking forward to checking out the full...

Jim Sterling