Two classic Team Ninja franchises could be given a new life, according to a translated developer talk show.
Reboots of both Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive are reportedly in the works, seemingly confirmed by Team Ninja’s president during a panel at the G-Star conference in South Korea this weekend. As reported by VGC (opens in new tab) (through Ruliweb (opens in new tab)), Fumihikio Yasuda gave no details about either resurrection, but essentially confirmed that they happened.
The last slide of Yasuda’s presentation at the event shows screenshots featuring Ryu and Kasumi respectively. In Japanese, the text reads: “The future of Team Ninja – reboot of popular series.” The developer said that while he couldn’t say much more, he hoped more news could be shared “as soon as possible”.
With Team Ninja having two games in the pipeline, there’s a chance we won’t hear anything for a while. Wo Long: fallen dynasty (opens in new tab) coming out in 2023 while fellow action game Rise of the Ronin (opens in new tab) is scheduled for release in 2024. We haven’t seen a Dead or Alive game since Dead or Alive 6 in 2019, and it’s been even longer since a brand new Ninja Gaiden game. We got the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection last year, but that was about it a barebones PC port (opens in new tab).
Yasuda previously told VGC (opens in new tab) that he would love to work on a new Ninja Gaiden, but “all the pieces would have to fit, and it would have to be the right team…either a younger team internally or another company that really should fit the Ninja Gaiden- pedigree .” With the reboot news, rumors have started circulating that Platinum (of Nier and Babylon’s Fall fame) will be spearheading development, but take that with a grain of salt.
The creator of both franchises, Tobmonobu Itagaki, left Team Ninja in 2008. He started the brand new company Apex Game Studios last year and is currently knee deep in some NFT nonsense (opens in new tab) touted as one “3A” fantasy MMO experience (opens in new tab).