After failing to meet expectations at retail, the Enslaved series is finished before it could even start.
Developer Ninja Theory is on a bit of a bad streak. Its first game of this generation, Heavenly Sword, didn’t make enough money for the UK studio to break even. Its next project didn’t do particularly well, either; Enslaved: Odyssey to the West sold so poorly that a sequel is out of the question.
Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades believes “Enslaved should have done better. Right now we should have been doing a sequel and perfecting that sequel and doing what franchises do, which is get better over time.” Instead of exploring a new Enslaved, the studio is currently working on the Devil May Cry reboot with Capcom.
The game’s failure at retail consequently kept Ninja Theory from achieving its goal of expanding the studio’s size. Antoniades’ intention was to split the developer into two smaller teams. “But now we get another chance with DMC,” he said.