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Inafune’s Zombie Game Actually New Ninja Gaiden

And you're not slashing away as Mr. Hayabusa. You're tracking him down.

In a surprising turn of events, Keiji Inafune’s zombie-filled Yaiba is actually a collaboration with Team Ninja and Western developer Spark Unlimited, and the real name is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

The news was revealed at an event in Japan, as the annual Tokyo Game Show gets underway.

In Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, players are not running around as Ryu Hayabusa. In fact, they want to kill him.

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Posted by patrickklepek

In a surprising turn of events, Keiji Inafune’s zombie-filled Yaiba is actually a collaboration with Team Ninja and Western developer Spark Unlimited, and the real name is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

The news was revealed at an event in Japan, as the annual Tokyo Game Show gets underway.

In Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, players are not running around as Ryu Hayabusa. In fact, they want to kill him.

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Edited by Cyrisaurus

Hopefully it's not just Ninja Gaiden with a different player model, I've never been a NG fan but this teaser trailer seems interesting.

Are zombies even part of the Ninja Gaiden universe?

Posted by bemusedchunk

Neat!

Posted by Jeric

Oh wow, so close. Anyway this is... Well, I've never been a Ninja Gaiden fan.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

What? So this was the game Team Ninja was talking about. Can't be worse than Ninja Gaiden 3. I like the idea of Ryu being some kinda end boss. I wonder what the story is like. Did Ryu wrong this dude in some fashion, how shall they make Ryu the villain.

Posted by sixpin

I'll just echo the "not a fan of Ninja Gaiden" trend. Zombies seems like an odd stab at something to get people interested. I mean, zombies have kind of been done to death at this point, right?

Posted by Phatmac

Would've liked for this to be in a new universe and not Ninja Gaiden. Oh well, probably wouldn't have played them again.

Posted by ChosenOne

As long there is no lame twist where you end up teaming up with Ryu instead.

Posted by Brodehouse

Oh Spark Unlimited. So you know it's good.

Posted by Hailinel
@ImmortalSaiyan

What? So this was the game Team Ninja was talking about. Can't be worse than Ninja Gaiden 3. I like the idea of Ryu being some kinda end boss. I wonder what the story is like. Did Ryu wrong this dude in some fashion, how shall they make Ryu the villain.

Ryu apparently killed Yaiba, and now Zombie Ninja Yaiba is seeking revenge.
Posted by JackSukeru

Are we talking Z like in "zed", Z like in "zee" or Z like in "zetto"?

Posted by SomeDeliCook

Wow, Spark Unlimited? They are really getting involved in some huge projects.

I rather enjoyed parts of Legendary and though it had potential if it wasn't for a stupid publisher

Posted by AsKo25

their website says it's coming to PC, so there's that

Posted by LarryDavis

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Can't be worse than Ninja Gaiden 3.

This is entirely true. I absolutely don't think it's humanly possible to make a worse NG game than NG3. Holy moley what unadulterated trash.

Posted by KlUMZeE

Sounds cool, I think that Inafune could bring a new twist to the Ninja Gaiden franchise.

Posted by Goldanas

@SomeDeliCook said:

Wow, Spark Unlimited? They are really getting involved in some huge projects.

This was my first thought. I saw them hiring up like crazy like a year and a half ago, but I didn't think they were actually working on this kind of stuff.

They must have gone out and said that they'd help do the brunt of development for dirt-cheap.

Posted by JackSukeru

@Hailinel said:

@ImmortalSaiyan

What? So this was the game Team Ninja was talking about. Can't be worse than Ninja Gaiden 3. I like the idea of Ryu being some kinda end boss. I wonder what the story is like. Did Ryu wrong this dude in some fashion, how shall they make Ryu the villain.

Ryu apparently killed Yaiba, and now Zombie Ninja Yaiba is seeking revenge.

Meanwhile, to Ryu it was Tuesday.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Cool.

Posted by paulunga

Wow. I totally tuned out with Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3 but as a fan of the (Xbox) original + anything INAFKING touches I'm really interested in this.

Posted by Yadilie

@RockmanBionics: It's Japan so obviously Zetto.

Posted by buzz_killington

It looks good. I really dig the style.

Posted by RE_Player1

I dig the style.

Posted by iAmJohn

Infaune making a Ninja Gaiden spin-off co-developed by Spark Unlimited. I think my brain just melted.

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Posted by Mr_Scumbag

Sick to death of zombies, to be honest. Developers need to get creative and come up with something else.

Posted by NTM

@msavo said:

I dig the style.

@buzz_killington said:

I really dig the style.

Eh.

Posted by RandomInternetUser

Well, this could be potentially awesome.

Posted by whatisdelicious

@Mr_Scumbag said:

Sick to death of zombies, to be honest. Developers need to get creative and come up with something else.

Yep. Totally agree.

Posted by gyozilla

Can the next twist be actually playing as all the zombie clan ninjas that hunt Yaiba hunting Ryu?

Posted by fox01313

Wonder if the next game will be something where you are a zombie hunting ninjas. After the last Gaiden game, think I'll pass.

Posted by Miketorreza

Branding.

Posted by VicRattlehead

Spark Unlimited

wah wah wah

Posted by ghostNPC

Zombies.

:(

Posted by jakob187

Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait...

Did you seriously just say that Keiji Inafune is working with...Spark Unlimited...

...on a new Ninja Gaiden spin-off?

Fuck me running sideways. I hope this is a train wreck.

Posted by PoisonJam7

@Cyrisaurus: Yes, they are. There are even zombie dragons! One of my favorite levels from the original Xbox NG was the Underground Cemetery, where there were ample zombies; including a room where they spawn endlessly while you fill a chalice with their blood. Oh, and the zombies are blind too. Clearly these aren't the same zombies though.

And to echo what others have been saying, I like the style of this game too. Not too sure on the "comcept" though. (See what I did there?)

Posted by Maitimo

It feels like Inafune is attached to a lot of projects these days. You have to wonder just how involved he actually is in each of them.

Posted by WarlordPayne

Maybe this'll finally be a Ninja Gaiden I can stand, I fucking hate the other three.

Posted by SatelliteOfLove
@Mr_Scumbag said:

Sick to death of zombies, to be honest. Developers need to get creative and come up with something else.

It's dullard fare now sadly.
Posted by Abendlaender

If the subtitle of the game is "The dead will die again" I'm in. It's so stupid, I love it. Also, it's the truth

Posted by Sifighter

Wow, someone has some faith in Spark To give them the run on Capcoms Lost Planet 3 and A new Team Ninja game. What games have these guys made

Posted by Springfart

love the style, but ugh more zombies

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Posted by AjayRaz

Team Ninja.. Inafune and... Spark..? weird. it looks alright but killing more zombies doesn't sound very appealing

Edited by WarlockEngineerMoreDakka

@Sifighter: It is indeed baffling as to why Capcom- and now Inafune and Team Ninja have put so much faith in Spark lately, given their track record: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_Unlimited

Read that list and react accordingly. :P

Their latest game was Legendary. So... I suppose Capcom and the others might have been impressed by their Werewolf AI? (Cause the Werewolf AI in Legendary was its best asset arguably from what I've seen)

Cause other than that- your guess is as good as mine. o_o

That said- I will be keeping an eye on this, just as I have been keeping an eye on Lost Planet 3. I.E: Probably not for the right reasons. :P

Posted by BoOzak

So it's a Ninja Sidestory, sidestory? Um, great, I guess?

Given what Ninja Gaiden 3 ended up being i'm highly skeptical of this. And Spark? fuck...

Posted by Tesla

What!?

My interest level just went up a few notches. Which is neat, because it was at 0.

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Posted by teh_destroyer

@NTM said:

@msavo said:

I dig the style.

@buzz_killington said:

I really dig the style.

Eh.

I triple dig this style, just use your imagination.

Posted by dvorak

On board, whatever, let's do this.

Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung

Love the art style.

Posted by Rox360

Wait, zombies Ninja Gaiden Kenji Inafune what the heck is going on?? I don't know if I'm supposed to be genuinely hopeful or more cynical than ever before! Help me, the Internet!

Posted by probablytuna

So, Ninja Gaiden: Gaiden?

Posted by Soniku

It should've been a game about zombies trying to kill Ryo Hazuki instead.

The zombies would be all "Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooooooooo"...

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