El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron's director and character designer, Sawaki Takeyasu, has secured the rights to the game's IP.

Takeyasu's studio Crim, which he founded in 2007, just announced it negotiated the El Shaddai IP from Ignition Entertainment.

"This acquisition entails prequel, sequel and all other derivative rights of the existing game," the official release read. "Crim will work with the Entertainment industry to develop a potential El Shaddai business moving forward."

While some titles take their cues from movies, the Old Testament’s Book of Enoch inspired Ascension of the Metatron. In the game, you star as Enoch himself, a human called to heaven in order to help God round up seven fallen angels in order to prevent the flood that would wipe out mankind.

Back when the game was released, El Shaddai became a cult hit in Japan, spawning several gaming memes and designer jeans. The game was also praised for its striking visual style.


『El Shaddai-エルシャダイ-』IP取得のお知らせ [4Gamer]

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.


Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.