El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron originally launched back in 2011, but only on PS3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo fans haven’t had the chance to check out this unique, gorgeous adventure, but that’s going to change with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster, which arrives on Switch April 28th, 2024.

One look at the game’s trailer, screens or artwork shows that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster has an incredibly unique style to it, and one that still stands out more than a decade after its original release. You might wonder what inspired the visual style of the title, and now we have the interesting answer thanks to a new interview.

Nintendo Life had the chance to talk to El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron HD Remaster director and character designer, Sawaki Takeyasu, and he opened up on what inspired the game’s artwork and visual themes. Turns out El Shaddai was very much a product of the era it released in!

I aimed for the themes of creating a world that no one has ever seen and a world that never becomes old. There are many inspirations but at that time, I got inspired by Apple’s iPod commercials.

But my biggest inspiration for El Shaddai was the art directors who teamed up with me. Just because of their existence and help, I was able to actually visualize the complicated visions that I imagined and came into life as a game.

[Sawaki Takeyasu]

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mock turtle

5M ago

El Shaddai is such an underrated gem, I hope its new life on Switch gives it the renaissance it deserves.