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Unbelievable Heavenly Sword concept art

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Today marks a very special day for us at PS3 Fanboy -- we've stumbled upon 26 fantastic concept art images for the upcoming Heavenly Sword. We're told that some of these are from the anime created to correspond to the game, but clearly some of it is artwork of the highest pedigree.

Heavenly Sword is a fast-paced action game due out exclusively on the PLAYSTATION 3 this August. Lead heroine Nariko stumbles upon a sword of immense power that slowly sucks the life out of her while she slices through legions of enemies. We were told a while back that Heavenly Sword may feature more monstrous enemies than packs of infantry, and that piece of art in the gallery with the turtle-shell bad guy is what we can probably expect -- humanoid, but with monstrous strength and funky fashion sense.

Check out our gallery, leave your thoughts and get ready for a fantastic game this Fall!



[Thanks, Jamal!]

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1. I really hope heavenly sword wont be a prettier dynasty warriors or ninety nine nights.

Posted at 9:04AM on May 14th 2007 by shase

2. I will be pissed if this game does not turn out to be good.

Posted at 9:13AM on May 14th 2007 by maine_c86

3. From what I understand, a combination of Dynasty Warriors (massive number of enemies on screen) and God of War (on screen prompts for cool moves).

One thing that could be a problem: God of War used a fixed camera, which meant at any time, the designers knew EXACTLY what would be on-screen (background, structures, buildings, etc). This means you can make everything gorgeous without real-time generation, and that is why God of War is one of the best looking last gen games, period.

I don't think Heavenly Sword will be doing this, and with all those enemies on screen, it's possible the art direction will take a hit. The framerate will hopefully be consistent. I have high hopes for this game. I hope the delay is worth it.

Posted at 10:58AM on May 14th 2007 by Dolla Dolla

4. Yeah thats what i am concerend about. Its one character, it has a time limit, and the directors kept saying they want to make it like a movie which might mean it will be short. At least N3 had multiple players in it for replayability. This game better have replayability and a decent length or it might just flop.

Posted at 11:12AM on May 14th 2007 by shase

5. So...far...away. Why can't summer be over already!
Great art, I think it shows just what sort of work is going into this game. On a related note, I noticed amazon has finally gotten the ball rolling on bringing the Okami book over from Japan, so I've got that on preorder already; one for Heavenly Sword would certainly be welcome as well.

Posted at 11:47AM on May 14th 2007 by mccomber

6. dont worry sony is making this game to overcome the staus of devil may cry were its not a ps3 exclusive anymore i would rather play heavenly sword than nero or what ever his name is in devil may cry 4 so dont worry it will deliver on the goods and in 4 years from now we will still be serving up some old school heavenly sword

Posted at 1:55PM on May 14th 2007 by john

7. Just so people know, the very stylized sequence is supposed to start with the close up on Nariko and end with the soldier dude stareing at the heavenly sword.

It's kinda backwards in this gallery

Posted at 5:57PM on May 14th 2007 by Dreadhead541

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