Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Is From Team Ninja, Comcept, And Spark Unlimited

By Spencer . September 19, 2012 . 6:35am

yaiba "With Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Team Ninja is collaborating with Comcept lead by Keiji Inafune to create a new Ninja Gaiden franchise," Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi announced at a press event in Tokyo.


"Last year, I was the one who said the Japanese video game industry was over," Inafune-san joked. "As you may know I’m a great zombie fan. When I left my previous company, my dream was to make a zombie game. I’m very happy to be making this game with Team Ninja. Just as much as I love zombies, I like samurai and ninjas. My dream was to always make a ninja game so this collaboration that I’m announcing today is almost a dream come true."


Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z features a new main character named Yaiba who is chasing Ryu Hayabusa, the lead character from the main Ninja Gaiden series. Hayashi said Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is in development for consoles, but wouldn’t specify which ones.


"The reality for a lot of creators is that they can’t make the games they really want to make. There are boundaries and rules and other people have say in the games you want to make. I’m very happy to be hear today to make the games I want to make," Inafune gleamed. "Several years ago, I said the Japanese game industry was dying. Hayashi-san mentioned today they’re not dying. They’re going to survive, make good games and lead the Japanese game industry."


Team Ninja and Comcept are also working with Lost Planet 3 developer Spark Unlimited. "You may have seen in the trailer, the Spark Unlimited logo, it’s a Western developer we’re working with to make a game that is very Japanese yet very Western," Inafune said.


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  • Shiki

    O~h yeah!! , Team ninja x Inafune , i’m sure it’ll be something BIG and COOL
    I watched the trailer! it is EYE CANDY , I love it , so arty and stylish “MOUTH-WATERING ”
    I’m sure they’ll localize this game , especially since it is related to NG .. I just hope that it’ll be on PS3PSV , not just Wii U ( if they decided that , haha )Oh! , and could that be the unannounced game from Team Ninja ? that would be interesting ( already excited , because of the NINJA , ZOMBIE , MECHA things )

  • KilsanZ

    Hmmmm….I’m expecting something good,so don’t dissapoint me

  • British_Otaku

    Just seen the trailer announcing Yaiba and the announcer of the combination. I like the art style and hope that the game makes good use of the mechanical arm…

    Doesn’t seem like the kind of game that “needs” zombies though…
    I mean horror games go for it because yeah horror and infection) (that or otherwise inhuman abominations) and other games (multiplayer FPS and most non-horror) games go for them as they make for stock slow, perhaps infecting, always evil and often camp foes with no politics attached.

    I guess it could slip into the second category, though I’m assuming that it is a Ninja Gaiden style game with likely no infections and the enemies just being likely to be green. >_>

  • Göran Isacson

    … So it’s a Ninja Gaiden Gaiden?

    Ah i keed, I keed. Still, didn’t expect that! Wonder if this will be a game set in the main Ninja Gaiden/Dead or Alive universe, or if part of the whole “freedom for developers” thing Inafuna talks about is going to mean that they’re making this games story completely separate from the main universe.

    • isfuturebright

      I laughed so hard on the Gaiden Gaiden HAHAHHA! 

      I was surprised too… for a company just starting Inafune seems to be doing some amazing job, getting great partnerships :O Long live japanese games :)

  • Wait this is Ninja Gaiden now?

    • It’s a Ninja Gaiden spinoff that Team Ninja & Comcept hope will be its own thing.

  • Interesting. Hopefully this will be a more challenging game than Ninja Gaiden 3 and redeem the franchise’s name (even though it is a spin off). 

    I’m still very excited for Yaiba and hope to see some gameplay at some point soon. 

  • This sounds like it could potentially be worse than NG3 and MOM combined.

    • Shiki

      Huh! Why ? :(

      • Solomon_Kano

        Spark Unlimited’s involvement, most likely.

        Excited as I am for this, I must admit, even I got skeptical when I read that they’re on hand for this. Hopefully, Team Ninja has an active hand in development alongside them and my fears are pointless. Otherwise, their track record speaks to this being… less than desirable, we’ll say.

        • Shiki

          Oh! now you got me worried!
          I Don’t have a great background on the american developers or the the american game industry in general , but , after reading that , i’m scared of disappointment!
          Also , I heard they’re working on LP3 , if they REALLY aren’t good , not only 1 game that will be ruined .. oh shi* O.0

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, in LP3’s case they have original LP staff members on board overseeing their work, but it still looks really different from what the series is supposed to be like.

            Here, if Team Ninja is actually working alongside them, we really shouldn’t have anything to worry about. With him trying to push the whole global concept and saying this will be a return to good games from Japan, I can’t see Inafune letting them work on this if he wasn’t keeping an eye on them. Still, their track record is FAR from encouraging lol.

  • Godmars

    So, one of the many, many, ninja Ryu’s taken out over the years has been brought back as a cyber-zombie and has to wade through a mass of regular zombies to get to Ryu. I’m guess will become a friendly rival by the end.

    And by friendly I mean while trying to kill and one up each other general good is done.   

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      This is really one of the plot i quickly thought for lol.^_^ Who knows one of the foes will be from the Black Spider Clan there? Trying to take revenge on Ryu?^_^

  • Oh noo…

  • SirRichard

    Welp, I certainly did not see that coming. I’m hoping they’ve learned from NG3, but given what they’ve said about the West in relation to it I’m not entirely sure they know what they’re doing.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Between them taking NG3’s reception to make the (presumably) better Razor’s Edge and Inafune having a hand in this, I don’t think they’ll let this turn out as poorly. Spark’s involvement is rather worrying, but Team Ninja seems to have taken NG3’s reception to heart and Inafune seems as good a measure of quality control as there could be on this project.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I really hope that Team Ninja is working alongside Spark and not just sitting in the background. That wouldn’t bode well for this project. That aside, this sounds even more awesome than the initial reveal suggested it would be. Ninja Gaiden with zombies and mechs? Yes, please.

  • nejihiashi88

    i want it on the ps vita too ;(

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