Namco Bandai Announces Majin And The Foresaken Kingdom

by Matt Helgeson on Mar 02, 2010 at 09:25 AM

Namco Bandai revealed that it will publish Game Republic’s epic action adventure Majin and the Foresaken Kingdom (formerly known as Majin: The Fallen Realm) in North America. The game is slated to release this summer on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Gamers will remember Game Republic as the studio behind Genji: Days of the Blade and Folklore. Former Capcom game designer Yoshiki Okamoto, who worked on such seminal games as Resident Evil and Street Fighter II, formed the studio.

Majin and the Foresaken Kingdom tells the tale of a boy whose destiny it is to save the land from the mysterious dark forces that have decimated most of the population (stop us if you’ve heard this one before). On his quest, he befriends Majin, one of the last remaining of a race of powerful, yet oddly cute monsters.

The pair must work together to unravel the complex secrets behind the evil force that’s plaguing the realm, and players will be able to give the Majin simple commands that will allow the duo to overcome various obstacles and puzzles. Game Republic claims the game will offer a “perfect mix” of stealth, action, platforming, and combat.

Based on what we’ve seen, the game seems to take some cues from the works of Team Ico (including that studio’s upcoming The Last Guardian), with a little dash of Where the Wild Things Are thrown in for good measure. As always, this game’s quality will eventually lie in just how well your AI companion is implemented. There’s nothing worse than a dumb monster. One thing is clear: this game boasts some impressive production values made all the better by intriguing art and character designs.