Enslaved: Odyssey to the West didn’t do all that well when it was released on consoles. Despite being developed by Ninja Theory and written by the supreme Alex Garland (who wrote The Beach and scripts for Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, and Dredd), the game did not make its money back. Its shortfall was extreme, by all accounts.
It sold less than 500,000 copies worldwide. Effectively killing any chance of a sequel.
But, while a sequel may be off the cards, there’s evidence suggesting a PC release is inbound.
Grief.exe over at Neogaf have done all the legwork on this front. First up, we have this tweet from the Australian Game Classification board:
@AusVGClass: ENSLAVED: ODYSSEY TO THE WEST PREMIUM EDITION, Rating: M, Author: NINJA THEORY, Publisher: NAMCO BANDAI GAMES
— AusVGClassifications (@AusVGClass) October 8, 2013
Now, that doesn’t relate to a specific platform but Grief also spotted some suggestive entries in the Steam database. The listing for AppID 245280 has been anonymised but it used to be under a package umbrella called Enslaved:
Finally, and most strangely, Grief links to this Vine by Drinkbox Studios:
Drinkbox made Guacamelee and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. Though, separate to their original games, they have been hired out by other studios in the past. It could be that Ninja Theory have brought them on board to help port the game to PC.
If it is coming to our fair machines hopefully it will be receiving a couple of updates by way of high resolution textures and Steam Works support. It would be lovely to see the game find new life away from consoles.