Keiji Inafune “Absolutely Necessary” For Future YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z Games

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The developers of YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z—spread across Tecmo Koei, Spark Unlimited and Comcept—recently answered a few questions from fans on the game’s official website.


One of the questions from a fan asked who exactly owns the rights to YAIBA—Team Ninja or Keiji Inafune, who came up with the concept of the game?


Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi didn’t provide a straightforward reply to the question, but stated, “Yaiba is a new member in the Team Ninja universe, but his creator is undoubtedly Keiji Inafune. When thinking about the future of Yaiba, Inafune-san is absolutely necessary.”


You can make of that what you will.


YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z will be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.