NinjaMatt has been answering questions on the new Official Heavenly Sword Blog (IGN). Here is a summary of the questions and answers.
"Q: Is there blood, and how's the framerate?
NM: As for the frame-rate, every day it gets better...numerous people are working on optimisations and you can visibly see it get smoother with each one.
Someone asked about the blood? Well, if you take a close look at some of the more recent screen grabs...there's definitely some claret in there! We took a conscious decision to deliver a fairly elegant blood effect rather splashing it all over the walls as this is far more in keeping with the look and feel of the game.
Q. Is there going to be a special edition of Heavenly Sword?
NM: We have talked with Sony about a special edition of Heavenly Sword. After lots of ideas and discussions we decided that there will be no special edition as such...instead we would cram the retail release with as many extras as we could fit onto a BR! The retail disk will feature a series of behind the scenes features as well as the first 2 episodes of a special 'animated series' exploring the history of the Heavenly Sword prior to the start of the game
Q: How long will it take to finish the game from start to finish, for the avarage player?
NM: Heh, this is a good question…we were a little concerned with game length around E3 last year and have worked very hard to make sure this isn't an issue. It's hard to estimate exactly how long it'll take someone to run through it the first time but we believe that you can expect somewhere between 12-15 hours of play.
Q: Have you managed to push it to 1080p/60frames yet?
NM: Heavenly Sword will be delivered in 720p HD
Q: When are we getting a demo?
NM: I can confirm that we are, of course, going to be releasing a demo for Heavenly Sword…and soon! This will be downloadable via the Playstation Network…so keep an eye out for this in the very near future…and i mean very near future!"
More after the link (Blog Post 7/2 10:32am, NinjaMatt)