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New Releases: El Shaddai, No More Heroes Heroes’ Paradise, Age of Empires Online

The weekly New Releases roundup is back after a bye last week, but there’s still not much to talk about.

This week we have Ignition’s apocryphal bible tale El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The trippy hack ‘n’ slash will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking of trippy, Konami will be bringing the Suda 51-developed No More Heroes to the PS3 as No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. The port of the once-exclusive Wii game includes Move support, HD graphics, a new boss rush mode and a “character viewer” to get a closer look at the game’s leading ladies.

Also available this week is the retail version of Microsoft’s Age of Empires Online and a DS puzzler known as Puzzler World 2.

And that’s it for this week’s new releases.

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El Shaddai pushed back to August

Ignition’s ambitious biblical beat ’em up, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, had originally been scheduled for a July 26 release on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, the development gods (via Twitter) have declared “let there be a delay” and the game, which is based on the apocryphal Book of Enoch, will now be released on August 16…

the rumors are true… El Shaddai’s U.S. date slips to 8.16.11, but “Don’t Worry, Everything’s Fine.”

Destructoid caught up with the developers at Ignition and got them to elaborate slightly on the delay. Apparently, “unforeseen logistical issues” are being blamed for the delay.

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Ignition: El Shaddai “better” on a PlayStation 3

Shane Bettenhausen of UTV Ignition sat down with the PlayStation Blog’s Jeff Rubenstein to discuss the highly anticipated El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. When Rubenstein raised the obligatory concern that the game may run worse on PlayStation than on Xbox, Bettenahusen put those fears aside, reassuring that the game will always run at 60 frames per second. He went on to say, “the controls just feel better. I always tell people that ‘by far, the lead SKU is PS3.’ It is a Japanese game, and in Japan, PlayStation is just so much more relevant than Xbox. It’s sold more than 10 times as many copies on PS3.”

No matter what controller you play it with, El Shaddai is certain to be a unique experience, as we’ve seen from the demo. Head over to the PlayStation Blog for the full interview, where they discuss the game’s Director Takeyasu Sawaki, the language options on the disc, and that Jason Isaacs, a.k.a. Lucious Malfoy, is voicing Lucifel.

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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Hands-On Preview: A Biblical Tale You Want to Play

Published and developed by Ignition Entertainment, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is an action game inspired by the apocryphal Book of Enoch. The player – as Enoch – tries to prevent the fallen angels from bringing the flood. A biblical tale may not sound like an exciting premise for a video game, but if you add in gameplay like Devil May Cry, the art style of Okami, and a modern-day take on the characters (Lucifel contacts God on a cell phone, and Enoch’s only wearing a pair of designer jeans under his armor), you’ve got a recipe for the sleeper hit of the summer. (more…)

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El Shaddai completed, US/EU release date coming “shortly”

UTV Ignition Entertainment, Ltd. announced today that their biblical re-telling of the story of Enoch has gone gold, and will be releasing in Japan on April 28, 2011, adding that the European and American release dates “will be announced shortly.” El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron has been in development for three years under the supervision of former Clover and Capcom developers who have worked on Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Okami. Inspired by the Book of Enoch from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the game follows a priest looking for fallen angels in order to save mankind from an impending flood. The game will apparently be the first in a new series, as Game Director Sawaki Takeyasu stated “I also look forward to having time to consider the future direction of the El Shaddai franchise.”

El Shaddai certainly has a unique art style to complement its interesting source material. It’s definitely one to watch, given the track record of its developers. The game hopes to cement UTV’s place as a powerhouse publisher, representing “the first of several exciting new blockbuster gaming properties that UTV Ignition Entertainment will reveal over the coming months.”

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