Knights Contract Signed For February In Europe

By Spencer . December 8, 2010 . 6:06pm


The maker of Genji and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom have a dark fantasy tale for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Knights Contract takes place during a time when witches were brutally hunted. Heinrich used to be an executioner, but his fate changed when Gretchen, a reincarnated witch he murdered, cursed him with immortality. Not wanting to die again, Gretchen commands Heinrich to protect her from a horde of monsters with his scythe.


While both characters fight with supernatural creatures, you only control Heinrich… and he’s immortal. Gretchen, who is controlled primarily by the computer, can die so carrying her to safety is part of the game. Players can give Gretchen commands like Trip or Majin in other Namco Bandai titles.


Knights Contract is slated for a rather early release in Europe. The game has February 25 as its target release date in Europe. Namco Bandai Games America announced a stateside release, but not a release date at this time.

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  • Neckbear

    Another game set for February?

    Jesus, this is getting ridiculous.

    Also, the whole immortality idea doesn’t quite convince me.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Wait… what else is coming in February?

  • I guess this will be $39.99 upon release in the states? These games are starting to become the same from independent developers, didnt we just have a murky looking game in which the main character also traveled with a companion to get through towards (er Quantum Theory?)

    February is a terrible month, this game and Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll will just be ignored since so many other prolific titles are being released that month or quite soon at it (Mass Effect 2 (PS3), Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, and the awesome Killzone 3)

    • PrinceHeir

      i also wondered why not release it during the summer? since there’s basically few games getting released in that time frame.

    • Remember.. that’s Europe’s release date listed above. US doesn’t have a date yet..
      But still.. when it comes to gamers, they can afford anything around anytime. XD *knows from experience from working at a gaming store*

  • Ladius

    Isn’t Namco overdoing it a bit? Enslaved, Majin and Knight’s Contract while not from the same developer all employ the same forced-coop choice (albeit in different manners), and I really don’t think it’s such a good idea to flood the market with titles that were planned as refreshing and end up making themselves staler with every new release.

    That said, I fear KS will be the next failure in Namco’s attempt to build new franchises aimed at the western audience. Enslaved has badly underperformed, Majin and Splatterhouse seem to be failures and putting out KS in february is practically sending it to die. Not that I’m too sad, since I don’t partiucularly like those titles and would far prefere some other offering from Namco (obvioulsy I mean Kamen Rider localizations, what were you thinking?).

    • How are these titles considered refreshing? They look generic as hell to me from character design to concept.( I am not trying to be sarcastic, I honestly don’t know.)

      • Ladius

        My whole point is exactly that by employing the same gameplay device those games are eliminating one of their possible standpoints by making it generic and abused in this timeframe. That idea isn’t original by itself, but it becames outright stale if you employ it for three games consecutively.

        Regarding the character design I agree with you, but that could be fairly subjective and isn’t the issue I was trying to address.

        • I understand that, it’s just that I hadn’t heard that comment in regards to KC and wanted to know if i was missing something.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      It’s ironic, really, that these games are not only arguably ICO-esque in terms of design, but also in terms of initial sales and interest level. Though whether or not they will become sought after and declared as masterpieces by gamers in the future is another matter.

    • Maybe after Enslaved and Majin and the etc, Namco Bandai will be 3 time lucky? (after the other 2 co-op ICO-esque), I’m hopeful but with a hint of skepticism that they will succed. I guess it gets to a point where Namco will throw all the darts and hope one hits the bullseye (in other words a big sales winnner).

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    It feels like they were trying to beat both The Last Guardian AND Neverdead this time around…

    I get that Namco wants to make new IPs and I respect that, but this Co-op Trilogy isn’t the way to do it. They might as well all actually BE part of a trilogy.

  • Was Soul Calibur such a tremendous failure that they didn’t want to continue it? That was a really good franchise and seemed like it had potential to go places, or was it not western enough?

    • Yukito

      Most of the character names in Soul Calibur were foreign, so probably that. Can’t do asian cultures and the like over here anymore, no-sir-ree.

      • Soul Calibur 4 sold over 2 million copies worldwide, it was hardly a failure.

    • krokounleashed

      Harada-San tweeted today or yesterday there is a new SC coming more or less.

  • Yeah, I won’t be picking this one up.

    Hey, Namco, you know what I might pick up?

    Oh, that’s right. Nevermind.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s


  • krokounleashed

    Too many games in february, so I might skip this one until later.

  • SolidusSnake

    Baby sitting missions are the worst part of any game. There’s no way in hell I’d buy a game which consists solely of baby sitting an NPC.

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