The Ninja Gaiden series is known for it's difficulty, among other things. This new entry into the franchise, called Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z eschews the traditional feel of the series to make a game that is less daunting from a difficulty standpoint, but still lots of fun with a lot of action - and zombies, cyborg ninjas, robots, cell-shaded graphics, and the like. It's a collaboration between Team Ninja and Spark and is set for release on March 4 of this year.
Team Ninja has released the first developer diary for the game, which will come out on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
TEAM NINJA EXPLORES THE BLOODY BEGINNINGS OF
YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z IN FIRST EPISODE OF
DEVELOPER DIARY SERIES
Today Team NINJA kicks off the four part YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Zdeveloper diary series detailing the conception, tools and madding plight of the twisted cyber ninja known only as “Yaiba”. In the premiere episode “Bloody Beginnings”, Team NINJA, Comcept and Spark Unlimited all share their thoughts on the collaboration between the three development teams and how the creative fusion of each team’s strengths has melded both Japanese and Western game styles to create something truly unique. Commentary includes perspectives from Executive Producer, Yosuke Hayashi and Producer, Kohei Shibata (Team NINJA), Conceptor, Keiji Inafune and Producer Shinsaku Ohara (comcept), Lead Game Designer, Cory Davis and Lead Gameplay Engineer, George Mawle (Spark).
In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyber arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter in this upcoming collaboration between famed developers Team NINJA and comcept’s Keiji Inafune.
YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Steam® (PC) March 4, 2014. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.