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7:00 AM on 06.01.2013

El Shaddai director acquires IP from UTV Ignition

UTV Ignition has all but faded into obscurity since the firm's parent company was acquired by Disney last year. Following the transferal of Dragon's Crown to Atlus, the publisher has now sold off what's ostensibly its last re...

Kyle MacGregor


1:30 PM on 02.26.2013

Xbox Live Sale: El Shaddai for $3 and much, much more

The Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale kicks off today. From now until March 4, Microsoft will be rolling out a new set of deals each day in an effort to part customers from their piles of ethereal moon bucks. Today's obvious stand...

Kyle MacGregor

11:45 AM on 03.16.2012

Holy Shaddai! New El Shaddai project teaser page opens

There's a new teaser site over at Ignition Games that says that something new from them is coming soon. The update section of this site calls this an El Shaddai new project site, so it looks like we should expect a seque...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 02.02.2012

Disney acquires Deadly Premonition, El Shaddai publisher

In its ongoing plot to achieve world domination, The Walt Disney Company has acquired a controlling stake in Indian media conglomerate UTV. The BBC reports that the House of Mouse plans to delist their new acquisition as...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 PM on 12.15.2011

UTV Ignition holiday sale: El Shaddai for $29.99 and more

UTV Ignition is putting their games on sale this holiday to get some of that shopping season money. I can't blame them. The awesome El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron has been dropped to $29.99, knocking about $20 off the ...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 11.23.2011

Live show: Getting biblical with El Shaddai

After two days off with an injured ankle, Jon Carnage is ready to thank the Lord for his quick recovery by playing El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. With it's unique art style and JRPG sensibilities, will El Shaddai make...

Bill Zoeker

1:15 PM on 08.19.2011

The Question: Would you pay $60 for a 2D platformer?

In our El Shaddai review this week, it was noted that quite a few comments expressed doubt that the game could be worth $60, due to the fact that it contained 2D platforming sections. This has confirmed a fear I've had that t...

Jim Sterling



Review: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron photo
Review: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
by Jonathan Holmes

El Shaddai is not Spanish for "the Shaddai." In fact, Latin America may be one of the only regions not represented by El Shaddai in some way. The game features British and American voice actors (including at least one Harry Potter alumnus), is directed by a fine artist from Japan, and is produced by a team of people from all three of those countries.

The cross-cultural appeal doesn't stop there. El Shaddai does for texts discarded from the Old Testament what God of War did for Greek mythology, except with visuals that look like something out of Child of Eden, with heaping loads of surrealism, 2D platforming, sexy dudes, dance numbers, transforming robots, and giant yellow hot dog people thrown in for good measure.

El Shaddai is constantly unpredictable. It's also consistently well-crafted. I'm just not sure all of you are going to like it.

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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