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Ninja Theory

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Ninja Theory, Ltd.
Formerly called
Just Add Monsters
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded March 2000
Headquarters Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Jez San
Mike Ball (chief technology)
Nina Kristensen (chief development)
Tameem Antoniades (chief design)
Products See complete products listing
Website Official website

Ninja Theory, Ltd. (formerly Just Add Monsters) is an independent video game developer based in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom.


Originally under the name Just Add Monsters, the team developed its first game, Kung Fu Chaos, in 2003 for the Xbox, which was published by Microsoft Game Studios. The company was purchased by former Argonaut Games CEO Jez San in November 2004 and changed the name to Ninja Theory.[1] In May 2005, Ninja Theory were on the verge of becoming defunct due to the collapse of the gaming studio Argonaut Games; however, soon after the announcement was made, the BBC reported that Sony Computer Entertainment had signed them up to make a video game for the upcoming PlayStation 3.[2]

Ninja Theory's second game, Heavenly Sword, for the PlayStation 3 was released in September 2007 and features a "free style" combat action system.[3] The developer was nominated for five Develop Industry Excellence Awards for the game, including best new IP, visual arts, audio accomplishment, technical innovation, and best independent developer.[4]

The planned Heavenly Sword 2 was cancelled.[5] In June 2010, Ninja Theory expressed their interest in making another title and commented that they would have made a sequel had Heavenly Sword performed better in sales.[6]

In June 2008, the company licensed NaturalMotion's morpheme animation system.[7] Ninja Theory's third game, titled Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, was released for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and was published by Namco Bandai Games. Previously, Enslaved was believed to be a sequel to Heavenly Sword until Ninja Theory confirmed otherwise; stating that such a game is "extremely unlikely".[8]

Before the multi-platform release of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West; there were rumours claiming that the quality of the PlayStation 3 version was poor compared to the Xbox 360 version, Ninja Theory addressed these concerns by stating, "All formats are developed simultaneously so it wouldn't be possible for one format to be cared for more than the other."[9] In its technical analysis of the final release, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry team noted, "None of the disadvantages of either version are real game-breakers and overall either version is recommended, but if you own both consoles and have the choice of which version to buy, the Xbox 360 release is the one to get."[10]

At the Capcom Tokyo Games Show conference on 15 September 2010, it was announced that Ninja Theory were developing a reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise under the name of DmC: Devil May Cry.[11] The game was released on 15 January 2013 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

It was announced that Ninja Theory is collaborating with Chillingo and Electronic Arts on their first mobile game, Fightback, released in summer 2013.[12]

At Gamescom 2014, the company announced Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The game was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4, on 8 August 2017.

Games developed

Year Game Platform(s)
as Just Add Monsters
2003 Kung Fu Chaos Xbox
as Ninja Theory
2007 Heavenly Sword PlayStation 3
2010 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows[13]
2013 DmC: Devil May Cry PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows
2013 Fightback iOS
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2017 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice[14] PlayStation 4, Windows


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