Team Ninja: No Plans For Nioh 3, Prepare For Ninja Gaiden’s Return

Fumihiko Yasuda, the series director of Nioh, revealed more of Team Ninja‘s plans in an interview with The Gamer.

„In terms of a sequel right now, [Nioh series developer] Team Ninja would like to focus on working on new titles, so there isn’t a plan for Nioh 3 at this point, but after creating some new projects and gaining some new experience and skills from those new potential projects, I would like to go back to the series at some point, utilize all the experience and new skills that we gain from some new projects, and then potentially, go back into the series at that point, and create an even greater game to surpass Nioh and Nioh 2 and to create something even better,” Yasuda said about the possibility of a Nioh 3.

He told VGC that they don’t plan to bring the series to Xbox: „There are no current plans for the Nioh series to be on Xbox consoles at this point,  but of course the Ninja Gaiden series has had a long history on Microsoft’s consoles. So if there was to be a new title in the Ninja Gaiden series in the future, we’d like that to be on Xbox consoles.” Then again, Sony Interactive Entertainment is the publisher of the Nioh series in North America and Europe, plus it handled QA testing, worldwide localization, and marketing.

What about Ninja Gaiden? „Nothing to announce or note specifically this time, but if the Ninja Gaiden series hadn’t existed, then there wouldn’t have been a Nioh series, so that’s a really important series to Team Ninja. While we don’t have anything specific to announce at this time, I would like to say just look forward to some potential news for some kind of announcement shortly,” told The Gamer, adding that Ryu Hayabusa, the protagonist of the series, is important for Team Ninja: „Yeah, so that character is the most important character from all of our franchises, so, considering he’s so important, I would like to have him make an appearance again in a game coming soon, and I would like to announce details about that in the future, as soon as possible.” In September, we wrote about how a Hong Kong distributor, Game Source Entertainment, listed and removed a Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for PlayStation 4 and Switch, containing Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

Yasuda added that he appreciates the SSD and the reduced loading times in the next-gen consoles, adding what he would create on them: „I would like to try and take on an open-world style game in the future, so that’s something that I think this new hardware will give us the ability to try out.” He explained it in a bit more detail to VGC: „Team Ninja as a whole would specifically like to take on the open-world genre. But we feel at this point that there haven’t been open-world games with a lot of intensity, which are action-packed from beginning to end. So we’d like to take that on as a potential challenge in the future, and try to put a new spin on the open-world genre in that regard.”

An open-world Ninja Gaiden 4 or Nioh 3 would be interesting.

Source: Gematsu


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