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New Game From Mega Man Creator Spinoff of Ninja Gaiden Series

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Posted September 19, 2012 by Esteban Cuevas in News
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Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man series, teased his latest project last week. A trailer was released and the game appeared to be a zombie themed game entitled Yaiba. More information for this game has now been revealed in a pre-TGS event and Inafune unveiled the full title of the game – Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

Inafune made an appearance at a Team Ninja press conference to talk about his new game. Yaiba will be a game about ninja’s and zombies and gamers will be playing as a ninja named Yaiba who is chasing after Ryu Hayabusa, the main protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden series. Team Ninja further explained that they hope this new game will turn into a new spinoff franchise. Inafune and his studio Comcept will be working with American developer Spark Unlimited to create a game that will appeal to both Japanese and Western audiences. No word on which consoles the game will be released on or when but Team Ninja did say it would be released on “consoles.” Perhaps this is a next generation title?

Spark Unlimited is a studio with only four titles on their resume: the console port of the first Call of Duty entitled Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Legendary and the upcoming Lost Planet 3. None of those titles managed to be anything more than average if that even, with the jury still out on Lost Planet 3, and that makes me personally worried. While Spark Unlimited has shown a lot of promise, they’ve yet to make a compelling game.

I’m sure Inafune will lead his team to a focused concept but Inafune is not the whole team and the studio is quite new. I suppose we need to see more of this game and it depends what the game will ultimately be and how much involvement the two studios will have. What do you think about this? Comment below and let us know!


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