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Less Fantasy, More Realism For Ninja Gaiden 3 Says Team Ninja

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With Ninja Gaiden 3 slated for release later this month, Team Ninja have been talking more about the game and how it’s different from Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2. The major difference, they say in a new developer diary (above), is that the game’s story is meant to be more realistic.

 

In order to do this, Team Ninja cut down on the fantasy elements. For instance, instead of fighting beasts and monsters, Ryu now takes on more human opponents and interacts more with other characters as well, occasionally giving a glimpse into his emotions. The change is represented in the game’s visual style as well, which has a darker tone than previous games, and Ryu himself has been made more muscular in order to create a feeling of weightiness.

 

Additionally, this morning also saw the release of the game’s launch trailer, which you can watch below:

 

 

Ninja Gaiden 3 is slated for release on March 20th in North America and March 23rd in Europe on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A separate version will be released for the Wii U at a later date.

Ishaan Sahdev
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.