Retailer specific bonus content for Enslaved

by: Chad -
Game developers are comfortable jumping under the sheets with all of the major retailers.  It leads to special bonus items and content that are specific to where you purchase the game.  We've seen this with pre-order incentives, but Namco Bandai is doing even more with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.  

Various retailers will offer DLC packs that include different versions of Monkey and Trip (the main characters).  These include costumes and fuctional advantages (pictured below).  You'll get these from Walmart, Gamestop and Best Buy.  Amazon customers will get the official soundtrack and Target customers will get a mini-comic.  There is some fine print like limited quantities and what-not so read on if you plan on picking up Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES LINE-UP OF RETAILER BONUS ITEMS FOR ENSLAVED™: ODYSSEY TO THE WEST™

Limited Quantity Exclusive Items Include Downloadable Content Packs, Official Soundtrack or Marvel Custom Mini-Comic

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 28, 2010) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today details on the roster of exclusive incentive items for customers who purchase ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ from participating retailers. The selection of enticing options ranges from downloadable content (DLC) to limited quantity retail packs that come bundled with the game and bonus item. Additional premium post-launch DLC will also be available and details will be released in the coming months. ENSLAVED for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be released throughout North America in October 2010.

Several retailers are offering DLC packs including alternate versions of Monkey or Trip which are not only visually distinct, but also provide unique functional advantages that boost the final retail gameplay experience. For EB Games Canada and GameStop pre-order customers, they will receive a code for deadly, ebony-clad “Ninja Monkey.” With access to unlimited amounts of otherwise rare stun and plasma staff blast ammo, Monkey turns into a bona fide assassin against his enemies. Walmart and Walmart Canada will offer the game with a download code card for “Classic Monkey,” adorned in a striking red and gold ensemble that pays homage to the game’s classic Chinese novel influence. This traditional variant also channels the fearsome warrior-spirit into Monkey’s melee damage, allowing him to strike with double the power. Best Buy U.S. and Canada customers can get the game with a download code card for “Sexy Robot Trip,” a literal mesh of her feminine and technological wiles. This hybrid Trip is both visually and functionally stunning, doubling the duration of all stun moves in the game including Monkey’s ranged stun blasts and melee stun charge attacks, as well as Trip’s own EMP blasts.

In addition, limited quantity bundle packs that include the game and exclusive bonus item are also available from participating retailers. Amazon.com and Amazon.ca customers will have exclusive access to the official soundtrack for the game, which will be offered as part of a limited set of bundles with the game. World-class musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, whose versatility and talent have helped him score more than 40 films and release eight studio albums, has created the game’s captivating, poignant score. Future Shop Canada and Target will offer retail packages which include the game and a mini-comic published by renowned entertainment specialist, Marvel. The custom-created 40-page comic book focuses on Monkey and Trip’s origins, with an eye-opening glimpse into their backgrounds which won’t be seen in the game.

Developed by Ninja Theory Ltd., ENSLAVED takes players on a gripping, surprise-filled journey as two dissimilar characters form an uneasy union in order to survive their way through a perilous, post-apocalyptic America. In ENSLAVED, players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and athletic, yet solitary figure, who has been captured by one of the mysterious slave ships which harvest the remaining population and take them out west never to return. Trip, a technologically savvy young woman who has also been imprisoned by the same ship, manages to escape. She quickly realizes that Monkey, with his raw strength and power, is her only hope to survive the perilous journey back to her home. She hacks into a slave headband and fits it on Monkey, linking them together – if she dies, he dies… Her journey has now become his and Monkey must now travel west alongside Trip as they traverse a demolished world, under constant threat of capture and mortal peril.

A tactical action-adventure game, ENSLAVED centers on the complex relationship between Monkey and Trip, challenging players to employ a mix of combat, strategy and environmental traversal. With influences and contributions from top music and film industry talent, ENSLAVED combines beautifully rendered graphics and captivating music with seamless animation and engrossing gameplay.

For more information about ENSLAVED, please visit www.enslaved-thegame.com or www.namcobandaigames.com.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the PAC-MAN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and Tekken® brands. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products log onto http://www.namcobandaigames.com/.

About Ninja Theory Ltd
Ninja Theory was formed in Cambridge England, in November of 2004, by Nina Kristensen (Chief Development Ninja), Mike Ball (Chief Technology Ninja), Tameem Antoniades (Chief Creative Ninja) and Non-Executive Ninja, Jez San OBE. Ninja Theory believes that games can be a true artistic and dramatic medium to rival film, theatre and literature. Ninja Theory was one of the first studios in the world to focus exclusively on next generation gaming, creating the flagship title Heavenly Sword for PlayStation 3 system, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in 2007. Ninja Theory was formerly known as Just Add Monsters Ltd and was the team behind Kung Fu Chaos. www.ninjatheory.com

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ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ & © 2010 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. All rights reserved. Created by Ninja Theory Ltd.

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