[Quick Questions] Ninja Gaiden 3 – Team NINJA Leader Yosuke Hayashi
Ever since its teaser trailer leading up to E3, Ninja Gaiden 3 has been making some buzz about how the game will turn out and what fans can expect. After all, the game boasts a rich pedigree leading all the way back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. With Ninja Gaiden 3, Tomonobu Itagaki will no longer lead the project as producer, leaving even more fans in the dark about the game’s prospects. However, since the playable demo was available at E3, concerns were quickly answered and fans got a good taste of what’s to come. To find out more about this game, we ask Team NINJA Leader Yosuke Hayashi a couple of Quick Questions.
Denkiphile: There is a much more cinematic focus this time around. Is there a reason why the team moved in this direction?
Yosuke Hayashi: The reason is that we wanted the game to be up to par to where action games are right now. In the past few years games have dramatically evolved in terms of their cinematic expressions and we really wanted to give that touch to Ninja Gaiden in terms of its presentation.
DP: What has the team done to make the game more inclusive? Especially to newcomers?
YH:We are really lucky to have Ninja Gaiden because it is a series that has a long history and still many avid fans out there. We also want newcomers to the series to be able to appreciate Ninja Gaiden so we are, of course, working very hard on making the game more inclusive. We are doing many tweaks to the actual game design in order to incorporate this. Unfortunately, we were not at the stage to show this overtly at E3 but we are working very hard so that we can show all you guys out there very soon.
DP: This is the first new Ninja Gaiden game without producer Tomonobu Itagaki. What kind of effect has that had on the overall game?
YH: Game development is something like a child to all developers. As its parents, the developers, change so will the game itself. We are not denying this. What we have been saying over and over to all you out there is just play the game and feel it for yourselves. You will feel that this issue is just a pointless concern…
DP: Aside from what we saw at E3, what kind of features and new abilities can we expect to see?
YH: What we showed you at E3 was just a tiny snippet of what is Ninja Gaiden 3. What we wanted to do is reassure our fans that this is the Ninja Gaiden that they know and love. Moving forward, we will give everyone the whole picture of what we are trying to do with the game so you will definitely be able to feel as to what we are trying to accomplish.
DP: Do you have a message for fans and perhaps gamers who have been intimidated by the series before?
YH: To all our fans and newcomers, or players who have been intimidated by the series, I promise you that Ninja Gaiden 3 will give you a new dimension of thrill that you have yet to experience.
Judging from what we saw at E3, regardless of its name and pedigree, Ninja Gaiden 3 is looking great. In fact, the only gripe I have is how much longer we’ll have to wait for the game! It is set for a February 2012 release and you can check out its official site here.