Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z to run on Unreal Engine 3

Tecmo Koei and Epic Games announce licensing agreement.

March 27, 2013 / 10:52 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Epic Games has announced an agreement with Tecmo Koei to license its Unreal Engine 3 technology for development of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, a new take on the series in development at Team Ninja and Spar Unlimited in collaboration with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.

“We couldn’t be happier to develop Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z on Unreal Engine 3,” said Inafune. “In the past I have been involved with numerous projects built upon Unreal Engine 3, so I understand its benefits and reliability. Unreal allows us to focus on making the game fun, and to push the boundaries of visuals and gameplay in the shortest time possible.”

A release date for Yaiba has yet to be been announced.

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  • Potionzmaster

    Bye, 60 fps! It was good knowing ya! :’)

    • Kurisu Makise

      This is the real concern. Holding a steady 30 in Unreal Engine 3 wouldn’t be too difficult but 60FPS? Ahahahaha =( Why didn’t they just use one of their internal oh, Spark Unlimited…hmm. Okay then, I guess that settles it.

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        in fact it is. name even one UE3 game running at a rock-steady 30fps without any performance issues on PS3. on 360 it’s possible but not on PS3. UE3 is crap on PS3. it takes the likes of Rocksteady or Irrational to make it perform less crappy on PS3 than mediocre and crappy devs’ games

        • Kurisu Makise

          Indeed though, how’s DmC’s performance on PS3? The demo felt fine and I know it was running at a good 30FPS (though I’m sure it probably dips a bit here and there). Only other games I can think of is that dungeon crawler from Trendy Entertainment, Mortal Kombat and…I guess that’s all from the top of my head anyway.

          • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

            dmc on ps3 has constant screen-tearing but performance during gameplay is close to 30fps. cut-scenes, however, are running at 20fps and loading times are annoyingly long. check digital foundry’s analysis for an in-depth look

            • Kurisu Makise

              Thanks for that, will need to read up digital foundry’s analysis but now I don’t feel too bad for waiting for a later date to grab DmC, though I might just go for a PC copy further in the year instead.

              • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

                I’ve had plans to buy the PC version on Steam for a while now. It just hasn’t quite worked out yet. I also need to buy a new 360 wired controller. xD

                • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

                  bought a wired controller ages ago to fully enjoy my few PC games. Now I can’t even play FPS games on M/KB ^^

                  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

                    I had a wired controller, it just vanished when I took it over to a friend’s gaming party thing about a year ago. I gave up on trying to get it back, no one seemed to have any clue what happened to it. =/ Just one of those crappy deals, the lesson is to keep a better eye on your own personal stuff. xD

                    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)
                    • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

                      lol wut is that?

                    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

                      meaning: we are the true lovers of the gaming world so we shall keep a better eye on our personal (gaming) stuff :P

                    • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

                      I understood it lol. xD I was wondering what is was from? If anything?

                    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

                      saw it on sankakucomplex once but they never provide sources for their images.
                      Google found it for me again as I searched for the text written on it. That page is really awesome:
                      http://gamovr.mx981.com/page/1&ppp=300

                      this pic is hilarious btw:
                      http://gamovr.mx981.com/data/images/2012/02/tumblr-lz70aflkaa1qzwtdlo1-500.png

                    • Kurisu Makise

                      Brilliant, simply brilliant.

                • Kurisu Makise

                  I need a new 360 wired controller myself on that note, seems we’re trailing a similar agenda these days Zero =P

                  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

                    Seems that way. =)

  • Bucketdeft

    give it to meeee

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    Terrible title Yaiba:Ninja Gaiden Z I am referring to the Yaiba in the title and the Z in the subtitle.How about Mega Ninja Man Gaiden (joke).

  • Anime10121

    Well, this’ll probably run like crap on PS3 :(

    Was really looking forward to this too. Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst :(

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      Unless the developer is exceptionally good(Rocksteady Studios), it will be crap on PS3…

      Oh well…. One game off my list because I got a ton of games to look forward to at the moment….

      • Solomon_Kano

        Spark is far from exceptional, so expect it to run poorly lol.

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      bloody shame. was excited for the game but Spark + UE3 + PS3 = frustration instead of fun

  • Solomon_Kano

    I should’ve seen this coming when they said it would be developed by Spark. Pretty sure all they’ve used is UE3. At the least, that’s what all of their most recent titles run on (including the upcoming Lost Planet 3).

    Well, I’m considerably less excited now. Spark’s track record already had me skeptical, but here’s strike two. I guess I’ll just have to hope there isn’t a third.

  • PrinceHeir

    ehh UE3 :|

  • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

    fack ninja gaiden games,im not buying anymore new ng games.

  • Derpazu

    Ugh, why do devs keep using this crappy engine?

    • Skerj

      It’s a very good engine, it’s just that most people’s use of it make it look crappy. The question you should be asking is why in the cookie hell did they pick Spark Unlimited?

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        lowest bidder? !
        Other devs were probably too expensive ;)