Namco Bandai has unveiled their latest title and their own personal entry into the budding “ultra violent action game” genre: Knights Contract. A title will likely be compared to games such as Dante’s Inferno, Ninja Gaiden, and God of War, Knights Contract puts players in the role of an immortal knight named Heinrich whose main purpose is to protect the witch that cursed him, Gretchen.
The game provides a different spin on things as your goal isn’t to keep yourself alive... you are immortal... but you have to keep Gretchen alive. In the trailer, shown below, there are instances where the player must not only defend Gretchen from hordes of attack enemies, but also carry her through dangerous environments and situations. It doesn’t like like she is merely dead weight as Gretchen appears to be able to hand out her own brand of violence (and assistance).
Knights Contract is currently in development for both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 and will launch in 2011.