Ninja Gaiden III details: a darker Ryu, deeper violence and complex multiplayer

April 2, 2011 / 10:43 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Ryu Hayabusa is a great deal darker in Ninja Gaiden III. The upcoming sequel, announced during the Tokyo Game Show last year, focuses “more deeply on Ryu Hayabusa’s life and lifestyle and feelings and thoughts,” according to project lead Yosuke Hayashi.

During an interview with the latest issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Hayashi told the mag that they’re “focusing on Ryu as a dark Japanese hero,” and due to the latter, “there won’t be new playable characters”.

The Ninja Gaiden series has always been known for its violence and rivers of blood, but Ninja Gaiden III will take it one step further — to a more emotional state.

“We are trying to take the violent concepts even deeper and make people realize how it feels to actually kill someone and what it is to actually gut someone,” he told the mag.

“It’s very important to us that people realize that violence is not only about blood and gore.”

In order to make the game more accessible to new players, Team Ninja is taking a “slightly different approach” with the difficulty level.

“We know that many fans feel good about the difficulty level, but we are taking a slightly different approach. It’s not that the game’s going to be easier – nothing like that. It’s just that we are trying to make a whole game, a more exciting game that can be enjoyed by anyone.

“But at the same time, hardcore gamers will be able to feel and appreciate what the series is about.”

The sequel will also offer a “complex multiplayer mode,” says Hayashi.

Ninja Gaiden III will launch simultaneously for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the mag’s confirmed. When pressed about whether it’ll support the PlayStation Move controller, Hayashi remained mute, saying it’s a closely guarded secret.

A teaser trailer for the game was released at the Game Developers Conference this year, teasing an “unmasking” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. Watch it here.

Thanks, GamesThirst.

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  • Noctis

    oh no
    I hate the mp
    so much lag

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    can’t wait for this :)

    i wonder how much the level design will improve? don’t get me wrong i love the levels in the game, is just that it feels outdated for some reason.

    i also hope we have a new Strider in either 2D or 3D or Shinobi for that matter

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      Strider and Shinobi would be awesome

  • FAUNA

    From a western gamer: My requests – An ACTUAL VERY EASY MODE, Japanese voice track option, 60 fps, lots of lengthy cutscenes, strong single player story focus (NO MULTIPLAYER), no motion control, no 3D…

    • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

      A very easy mode, huh? Than why do you even care about Ninja Gaiden? They didn’t have japanese voice tracks? I don’t recall. Your ridiculous. 60 fps? You know how smooth it looked already? People can be fooled that it isn’t. Lengthy cutscenes? People are against lengthy cutscenes. How is long cutscenes going to improve anything?

      I am all about stories in games it drives me to play many games but tell me how many action games have great stories? I am sorry but western games are driving multiplayer more and they are just as well pushing motion control and 3D. You sound like you need to get out of console gaming and just go buy a pc.

      • Hypno Physics

        Lol @ Keegs

        FAUNA is one of the weirdest posters I’ve seen..on any site, but yea.

        Requesting “Very Easy Mode” in a NG game is like telling Mario to stop jumping, just not happening. As for the Lengthy Cut Scene…I love awesome cut scenes just as much as the next guy, but…when you’re tossing one at me every 5 minutes and they’re 10 minutes long…that’s is over doing it, especially if you want a “Strong Story” to go with those..basically it sounds like he wants more Movie than Game.

  • FAUNA

    From a western gamer: NINJA GAIDEN needs a complete entire design reboot (especially Ryu’s design)…

    • JTX09

      I dont mean to be rude, but do you ever have anything else to say? We all KNOW you are a western gamer. We know you hate multiplayer, motion control, 3D, and any new innovations and we know you like cutscenes and 60 fps.

      Maybe you can contribute a little more indepth? I know I dont comment much but I do lurk a lot and your comments sound like a broken record.

    • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

      He has a great design

  • Blades64

    Yeah Fauna, maybe you can say something different?

    Anywho, I dunno. I don’t have a good feeling about this game. I loved the first 2 games for exactly what they were. But this whole “feeling how it feels to cut someone” thing is making it sound like the combat will be slowed down a lot, and I DONT want that. I want the viceral, combo heavy combat (only improved) that I know and love….

  • sheppard00

    Zomfg i can’t wait to see some screenies from the game. Then we’ll see if they’re improving everything from the second Ninja Gaiden 2.
    But if there is anything that really i wish is the chance to play with Kasumi and Ayane and the other girls but man, not just one fucking stage like in NG2 Sigma, we want to play more often. Even the whole story mode with any of them could be a dream…

  • Kobracon

    For some reason….the saying “You can’t have a cake and eat at the same time” kept popping into my head when reading about the “accessibility” and difficulty. A game that can be enjoyed by anyone and yet the hardcore fans will still appreciate it? Many a game developer has said that but few have accomplished it. With the creator long since left, I wonder……