Knights Contract Has A Contract To Leave Japan

By Spencer . May 24, 2010 . 9:22am

imageNamco Bandai just announced Knights Contract, their take on the brutal action genre, for Japan and wasted no time with an announcement for the West. Knights Contract is coming to Europe in 2011. Chances for a North American announcement are about as good as Heinirich killing the glowing eyed creature.


The news came with a few new details, like the game’s developer. Game Repbulic, the studio behind Genji, Clash of the Titans, and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, is working on Knights Contract.


Heinrich was an average witch executioner with the grisly job of beheading witches to calm the public’s paranoia. He decapitated one too many, though, because Gretchen, a reincarnated witch, got her revenge by cursing Heinrich with immortality. Now the two of them must work together to destroy an evil and grotesque looking threat.


Screenshots of cruel killings, dark fantasy areas, and supernatural creatures spilling their guts out follow.


Update: That was fast. Namco Bandai Games America confirmed the game for North America.


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  • I can see D3, publishing this outside Japan, especially considering Namco Bandai’s localization log, which revolves around Dragonball.

    • SeventhEvening

      Well, given that Clash of the Titans and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom are both developed by Game Republic and published by Namco Bandai, and given that all other Game Republic games have been published by first party studios, history seems to disagree with your theory.

    • It’s official – Namco Bandai Games is publishing Knights Contract in North America and Europe.

  • Artavasdus

    I am interested in the gameplay (especially the possibility to use both characters in different ways as shown in the first screenshots), but I guess we will need more time to understand the game’s mechanics.Inb4 “why do they localize this and not Tales of HeartsVersusRM2Vesperia Ps3Graces ?!” (I am a Tales fan too, don’t throw me those Pow Hammers :P).

    • SeventhEvening

      Too late. Someone already snuck in and complained about a lack of Tales. Little devils are fast to post on anything that mentions Namco at all.

    • capristrider

      I’m more interested in this game now that I know Game Republic are behind it.

      Just remembered Quantum Theory has a male and female dynamic (another game that comes to mind is Prince of Persia).

      Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this game! Looks promising…

  • Great if there is blood in it it comes in 1 second, but if there is no blood, some fun battles, with an long good story, is just crazy to bring something like that *cough* tales of vesperia ps3 *cough*.

    PS: im not saying i dislike this game :D, it actually looks pretty fun xD, with blood included.

  • Kris

    Interesting. It seems like more Japanese companies are trying to appeal to the west. To me, I’m more interested in games that are distinctly Japanese, but because of the higher-quality games and better sales in the west, it seems like Japan is trying to tap that market as much as possible. It’s kinda sad, to be honest.

    • cowcow

      The grass is always greener on the other side…

    • Hraesvelgr

      Being businesses, they’re going to want to go where the money is. The problem here is, they’ve mostly failed at making games that appeal to western audiences, for any number of reasons. For example, making an RPG that is heavily Japanese and then seemingly thinking it will be a million seller in the western market, despite the fact that most non-FF JRPGs are lucky to push half a million, even with Japanese sales.

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