El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron gets firm Steam release date

Following a low-key announcement late last year, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron now has a PC release date. It's soon: the stylish anime slasher hits Steam on September 2.

El Shaddai received mixed reviews at launch, mostly because it's quite weird and some people can't cope with that. The action game flits between third-person combat and 2D navigation, but it's the art style that's arguably the most appealing part of El Shaddai. Yes, it's undeniably anime-influenced, but it takes an unusually psychedelic approach.

The Steam page confirms that you'll need a controller to play the console-centric game, which was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. The $40 game will be available for $32.39 for two weeks from launch, but if you're after the deluxe pack that includes an art book and soundtrack you'll probably want to get that immediately: for two weeks it's discounted from $78.97 to $39.25.

Back when El Shaddai released in 2011 there was basically zero hope the game would ever come to PC. But since then, our platform has seen a huge influx of ports, which is brilliant news indeed. 

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.