Shadows of the Damned
Yamaoka Talks Shadows of the Damned, Inspirations & Western Gamers
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What happens when you take famed game director, Suda 51, and industry stalwart, Shinji Mikami, and put them together in a blender? Well, if you do it literally, you get a bloody mess, but if you're talking figuratively, you get Shadows of the Damned.

The dark themed third-person action shooter, coming your way in June, is a collaborative effort from the two legendary Japanese developers and we caught up with composer Akira Yamaoka recently to talk about the title, what we can expect as gamers from it, where they got their inspirations from and how they designed the game with the Western audience in mind.

Shadows of the Damned is scheduled for a June 21st and June 24th release in North America and Europe respectively.


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Comment #1 by grover
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 08:36:53 AM
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That isn't Suda 51 but this game looks bloody amazing!

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Comment #2 by grover
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 08:39:05 AM
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In fact, sorry to go on about this, but maybe the clue that he wasn't Suda was that during the interview he refers to Suda and Mikami at least a couple of times in the 3rd person ; )

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Comment #3 by Andarion
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 08:39:30 AM
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it took a while to process that the translator wasn't translating literally and that suda 51 wasn't spending the entire interview talking in the third person.

that said, i really took an interest on the brief little section on the differences between the eastern and western markets. i found that tidbit surprising.

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Comment #4 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 08:52:01 AM
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@1 & 2 - Yeah, that's my bad. I must have had Suda 51 on the brain =P Fixed now. Apologies. (also, referring to themselves in third person is a normal thing with translated interviews =)). Cheers for the heads-up though!

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Comment #5 by grover
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 10:28:44 AM
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It's a great interview :). I was only able to be a smartass coz I watched that awesome dev-diary thing they put up yesterday with the brilliant voice-overs!

And I had no idea that was Yamaoka. Yamaoka AND the Damned on the soundtrack?! How awesome does this game sound!

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Comment #6 by brandonator14
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 11:12:58 AM
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Pretty good interview, but the laughter got annoying. The game it self looks like it might be a success still with its uniqueness.

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Comment #7 by ViNyLek
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 11:45:47 AM
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Might get soundtrack for this. Been a while since I heard great musinc from Mr. Yamaoka:-)

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Comment #8 by Dude Rain
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 02:03:25 PM
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Soooo pumped for this game.

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Comment #9 by artphobia
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 03:14:38 PM
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I love living in an age where western videogame design and art has near fully eclipsed eastern. 14 years ago who would of thought it possible.

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Comment #10 by Dwide Shruude
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 01:10:23 AM
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This games looks so brutal, but I just know its going to banned in Australia.

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Comment #11 by Ghenry Perez
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 05:00:40 PM
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Suda + Mikami + Yamaoka = Foolproof recipe for success.

At least I hope so. It's looking great so far, though.

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US June 21, 2011
Europe June 24, 2011

ESRB: M for Mature
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