First revealed in the latest edition of Famitsu and then picked up by Andriasang, we now have some footage of Namco Bandai’s Knights Contract in action. The game is set in Germany in the 1700s when witch-hunts were en vogue. It also covers the legend of Faust who, in this twisted version, is the leader of the aforementioned Wiccan round-ups. Staring ’cursed immortal’ Heinrich and the witch Gretchen, already executed for her supernatural crimes, in a bizarre twist of fate the occultist managed to bestow everlasting life on her very executioner, Heinrich, before departing from the land of the living.
Elements of Dante’s Inferno and Bayonetta, then, with lots of diabolical monsters, wild magic and gothic overtones. In an interesting game dynamic, Heinrich – being immortal – can not die. It’s only “game over” when partner Gretchen is killed, so you’ll have to keep her safe. Though AI controlled, you can send commands to Gretchen in order to avail of her awesome arsenal of the arcane; freezing enemies or stymieing foes through the invocation of ghastly torture traps. Shades of Bayonetta once again. It all looks interesting, especially if you’re a fan of the hack’n’slash genre.
Knights Contract is scheduled for a 2011 release on PS3 and Xbox 360.