As Sony gears up to release Heavenly Sword on PS3 next month, Screen Play sat down with Ninja Theory's Nina Kristensen, co-founder and "chief development ninja". Heavenly Sword sees fiery red-head Nariko battle legions of enemies in elegant, stylish and fast-paced sword combat.
"What do you think makes Heavenly Sword a true next-gen game or experience?
I think one of the biggest things is the way we tell the story. It's a cinematic experience in which we really try to engage you as a player so that you are really genuinely emotionally connected to the characters. Things like the facial detail is very powerful, very next-gen. We do a lot of really subtle things like I don't know whether you know, but your eyeballs aren't round, they're a bit pointy. So when you look around, your bottom eyelid actually moves in and out a little bit. So we've incorporated that movement into the eyes. Things like that it. The importance of it is you can look and you can connect to the character, care about her, what happens to her and what journey she's going on."