I will be perfectly honest -- I had no idea this was a thing. It seems beyond comprehension that X-Blades would actually manage to get a sequel, but it seems that Konami has picked the title up from the ashes of Southpeak and is releasing a game next week.
Blades of Time appears to be keeping its connection to X-Blades a thinly veiled secret. Ayume has been given a complete makeover, with a more "realistic" appearance compared to her original anime-fueled look. All the official marketing speak makes no mention of the original game, either.
This apparent shame could be a good thing, since X-Blades was repetitive, boring, and generally stupid. Maybe Gaijin Entertainment knows how mediocre it was.
Hopefully Ayume can be given a new lease of life in Blades of Time, but considering how quiet Konami's been about the thing -- to the point where the only Destructoid editor who remembers X-Blades and regularly talks to Konami people didn't know about it -- makes me more than a little skeptical.
Blades of Time will be out March 6.
|9:00 AM on 04.27.2012|
Blades of Time: Limited Edition announced ... seriously
If you thought the intense Blades of Time saga was over just because we finally got a copy and were able to review it, think again. In astounding news, it seems that an honest-to-God Limited Edition version is on its way to P...more
|2:00 PM on 03.22.2012|
Review: Blades of Time
You've got to give Gaijin Entertainment some credit. The Russian studio has no reputation for creating good games, and 2009's X-Blades was particularly mediocre. Despite this, Gaijin just keeps on plugging and is ev...more
|1:30 PM on 03.09.2012|
Blades of Time update: Konami has ANNOUNCED the game!
In a BREAKING Blades of Time update, publisher Konami has just announced the game, despite it allegedly releasing three days ago. According to the company, the game is now officially available. Perhaps that means more than Ne...more
|11:30 AM on 03.09.2012|
Blades of Time update: there's a copy in New Jersey!
Destructoid's intense journalistic coverage of Blades of Time continues, with news that a physical copy of the game has been traced to the East Coast. I swung by my local GameStop to see if it had anything, and was informed t...more
|4:30 PM on 03.08.2012|
Blades of Time's producer can't find his own game
I've made it a personal mission to excessively cover Blades of Time for no other reason than I find Konami's lack of marketing utterly fascinating. The game allegedly launched yesterday, but you'll be lucky if you can find a ...more
|12:00 PM on 02.29.2012|
Fun facts about X-Blades followup Blades of Time
I've been chatting with Anthony DeCicco from The Gamers Hub, who apparently has as soft a spot in his heart as I do for X-Blades and its associated games. Following the release of this weeks' Blades of Time trailer, DeCi...more
|2:45 PM on 02.09.2012|
Preview: Play with yourself in Blades of Time
Geeks seem to love screwing with natural order. Whether it's by creating biological weapons that breed a form of undead human, or by using ugly '80s cars to go back in time and narrowly escape sex with a younger version of th...more
|3:00 PM on 06.15.2013|
Wargaming CEO is excited for World of Tanks on Xbox 360
A familiar site at every E3 for the past few years has been a giant tank sitting just outside West Hall of the LA Convention Center. Wargaming has been constantly promoting its free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks, and th...more
|10:00 AM on 06.15.2013|
A Link Between Worlds is the 2D Zelda revival we need
Yoshi's New Island is shaping up to be a crappier-looking retread of the original Yoshi's Island, and some folks worry that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will likewise compare unfavorably to A Link to the Past. I...more
|6:00 PM on 06.13.2013|
Dead Rising 3 is more 'mature, sophisticated'
As Jim reported, Dead Rising 3 is being aimed to appeal to Call of Duty fans. It showed in the hands-off demo shown here at E3. The theme of the presentation was the partnership with Microsoft in bringing Dead Rising 3 exclus...more