Knight’s Contract Is Namco Bandai’s Next Action Epic

By Spencer . May 18, 2010 . 8:38pm

imageNamco Bandai has a brutal action game in the works called Knight’s Contract. Two playable characters were announced in this week’s issue of Famitsu. You have Heinrich, a scythe wielding knight cursed with immortality, and Gretchen a spell slinging witch.


Knight’s Contract is sometime away being a 2011 title, but it sounds like an international release in in the cards. One of Famitsu’s bullet points says cruel and heroic action everyone in the world is excited for.


We’ll be on the look out for clearer scans and Knight’s Contract news at E3.

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  • DemonicX

    Awesome, but where’s my Tales?

    • cowcow

      Just let it go you’ll never get your tales…

    • Ereek

      Someday, someday, we’ll get Bamco threads without a mention of Tales in them.That said, I’ll need more information on this. I’d really like a Japanese developed non-romanticized Medieval title, though. One that’s blunt, harsh, and downright disturbing instead of the “Japanese romantic” take on the era.

      Edit: Oh, by the way Spencer, did you receive my EMail?

      • SeventhEvening

        No we won’t. People will complain about not getting a Tales game for the next 50 years.

        I’d like to see a blunt, harsh, downright disturbing medieval title that is developed by anyone, anywhere. American developers have a tendency to romanticize medieval settings as well. Dragon Age was close and a step in the right direction, but it kind of sits on the edge and never quite plunges in. It was also rubbish, so….I’d like to see what else is up.

        • Ereek

          You’re right, Dragon Age is the closest I’ve seen to a less-romantic Medieval game. The City Elf section was brutal and I’d like to see more games follow that lead, but not in the “blood/sex/cursing=maturity” mentality.

    • IT’S OVER 9000 times being neglected, in favor of Dragonball, other certified multi-million-copy sellers, and new IP’s.

  • kupomogli

    Sounds like another Devil May Cry/God of War clone. These are getting as common as FPS games just about. Obviously someone like Namco Bandai is going to jump on board.

    • Ereek

      Devil May Cry and God of War play very differently. I’m not sure how it can be a clone of both. One or the other, sure.

      • kupomogli

        I’m just saying how we’re seeing a lot of clones that are similar to one or the other recently. Also. God of War is more of a clone of Castlevania Lament of Innocence. Too bad people dislike LoI because it is a much much much better game.

        • Ereek

          True enough. A lot of genres are falling into this stagnant semi-decay, though. While I’m not fond of the idea, hopefully things like 3D can help bring back more interesting and innovative titles. They’re so few and far between now.

        • SeventhEvening

          A clone is preferable to a crap remake or a crap reboot. I’d rather play something that plays like something else I like, but with different art and story and maybe a new gimmick rather than seeing some game series be brutalized in an attempt to make it fresh.

          Additionally, I’ve heard many people mention Devil May Cry clones, but I really can’t name any. The only game I can think of that’s come out in the past couple years and played like Devil May Cry was Bayonetta. And Bayonetta isn’t really a clone, since it’s made by Kamiya. Can’t very well imitate yourself, now can you?

    • Artavasdus

      I don’t think it’s fair to label a game as a clone when the only infos we have are two pages with some screenshots :P

      • SeventhEvening

        This. We don’t know that much. What is cruel and heroic action?

  • So, #NBGI #NamcoBandai …this is how you spend Dragonball profits, by introducing a new IP, while shelving #Tales …you might as well sell off the IP.

  • CrimsonFlamesX

    Looks nice. Here’s hoping it is good.

  • who’s developing?

  • vrakanox

    Man looks like these guys are trying really hard to appeal to the West. Didn’t they announce not long ago they wanted to do that? I like the idea of “brutal action combat” or whatever but those character designs are ugly. I guess the girl is okay looking. Anyway Namco just bring over the Tales games instead that’s what I would really like to see.

    • SeventhEvening

      They said “everyone in the world is excited for” and not just the west. We don’t have much information yet, but it looks very reminiscent to Fist of the North Star or Berserk, which are both incredibly popular in Japan as well as worldwide. I don’t think its really an attempt to pander to the west. If anything, it could be a cash in on the renewed interest in Fist of the North star since Musou came out a couple months ago. But even that seems somewhat unlikely since this game is so far off. Maybe the musou game just proved there was an audience?

      • vrakanox

        Well the main reason I said that is because not long ago Namco said they wanted to try and make more games that would appeal to a western audience. I won’t pass any judgment on it until I play it or at least see a gameplay video or two. I grew up with berserk (my favorite anime of all time) and fist of the north star so hopefully it will be In that likeness. By the way have you seen ninja scroll? Main character in this kind of looks like Genma.

  • capristrider

    You have Heinrich, a scythe wielding knight cursed with immortality, and Gretchen a spell slinging witch.
    End of Story.

  • HPN

    Did Famitsu say if this will be co-op like the upcoming Hunted: The Demon’s Forge?

  • crunc

    I’m pretty tired of the “cruel and heroic” action genre myself. It’s gotten to the point where almost nothing is released on the 360 (and PS3) that isn’t M rated and filled with over the top gore, etc.

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