Koei Tecmo-owned Team Ninja appears to be aching to get another shot at the much-loved Ninja Gaiden franchise as soon as possible.
Speaking with IGN in a recent interview, game director Fumihiko Yasuda admitted that the fan-base has clearly been waiting for a new Ninja Gaiden installment and the announcement of Nioh 2 kind of dampened those expectations.
He noted that everyone at Team Ninja, including the core members who have previously worked on the franchise, are hoping to get back into the driving seat. This new Ninja Gaiden entry though will only become possible once the developers are done with Nioh 2.
Yasuda also pointed out that there has been a sudden surge in ninja games such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that have helped inspire Team Ninja further. The way Yasuda worded his statement, Team Ninja is all primed and ready to bring something new to the Ninja Gaiden table for next-generation platforms. He hopes to make an announcement one day and suffice to say, fans better be keeping their fingers crossed that the announcement comes fairly soon.
The core members of the team that worked on Ninja Gaiden want to make a new game We are aware that some fans wanted Ninja Gaiden more than Nioh 2. Now we see a lot of ninja games like [Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice] as well, and we see a lot of good inspirations in those games, so we hope to deliver some good news one day.
Ninja Gaiden has been laying dormant since 2014 when the spin-off Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z was released to pretty negative reviews. The game was not received well and greatly criticized for repetitive gameplay and lazy level designs, and perhaps the reason why the developers put the franchise on a hiatus. With six years gone and the next-generation consoles around the corner, now is as good a time as any to breath life back into the franchise with a deserving Ninja Gaiden installment.
However, after all of that said, Team Ninja has also teased that it intends to create a new IP on PlayStation 5 much like what the studio did with Nioh. It’s no surprise that the developer wants to shake things up a bit. Team Ninja has been focused on two different Nioh games for the past few years after all.