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News video games 22 November 2022, 14:46

author: Adrian Werner

Ninja Gaiden and Dear or Alive Will be Resurrected by Team Ninja [UPDATE]

In production are reboots of the popular Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series. The former may be developed by the creators of the Bayonetta series.

Update

It appears that when reporting on plans for a reboot of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, the Korean media may have gotten a little caught up. Team Ninja has spoken out on the matter, announcing that the team currently has nothing to reveal on this topic.

So either the company's producer was misunderstood at G-Star, or he unintentionally revealed a little more than he should have, and Team Ninja is not yet ready to confirm the existence of these projects. The latter option seems more likely, as the studio has not explicitly said that these reboots are not in production, and on top of that, some insiders are already reporting that PlatinumGames is engaged to work on a reboot of Ninja Gaiden.

Original message (November 21, 2022)

Team Ninja is currently busy developing Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and Rise of the Ronin, but it turns out that the team also wants to resurrect its older brands.

  1. During a conference held at the Korean G-Star trade show, the folks from Team Ninja informed that reboots of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive are in the pipeline.
  2. No details were provided about these projects.
  3. Well-informed insider Shpeshal_Nick claims, however, that the work on the new Ninja Gaiden will not be handled by Team Ninja. Instead, Platinum Games, a studio known for Bayonetta, will be responsible for the refresh.

The choice of Platinum Games as the developers of the new Ninja Gaiden would make sense. The team specializes in similar action games, and has repeatedly shown that it has no problems working with other people's brands.

If these rumors are true, we wouldn't be surprised if a reboot of Dead or Alive was given to an outside studio. Team Ninja is currently very busy. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is the biggest project of the studio's to date, and offering open world mechanics,Rise of the Ronin will be even bigger. On top of that, the team is clearly looking to the past, wanting to create new brands (which is why the NiOh series has been concluded at two installments so far), so a return to older series might not be very satisfying for these developers.

Recall that last year saw the release of Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, a set containing remastered versions of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. The collection was released on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

  1. Team Ninja - official website
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