YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z Is Set In Ukraine

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Ninja Gaiden spin-off YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z is set in Ukraine, comcept’s Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi revealed in a developer diary video shared today. The location, Inafune shared, was chosen based on the idea of a zombie outbreak.


“A zombie outbreak has to start somewhere,” Inafune says. “When we were thinking of where to set it, we wanted something that worked with the idea of using zombies as weapons. We wanted some place we weren’t familiar with and we decided on Ukraine.”


Hayashi mentions that the idea to set the game in Ukraine came from the game’s development team, Spark Unlimited. However, Inafune adds: “Well, it starts in Ukraine. We don’t know where it ends.”


You can watch the full video with English subtitles above.

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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.