Mark Of The Ninja was utterly stunning, and it looks like we'll soon have an excuse to revisit Klei's stealthy sidescrolling masterpiece. The 'Special Edition' DLC bolts on a new level, non-lethal takedowns and even a developer commentary. Details below.
"We built Mark of the Ninja to be a complete experience, both in terms of its mechanics and its narrative," explained Klei Entertainment. "But after the tremendous response we received, we felt we should do something special for everyone that supported us and the game."
Here's the feature set direct from the horse's mouth.
- "We thought about what a "Criterion Collection" version of the game would look like, and that's how we've approached Mark of the Ninja Special Edition."
- A new level, set in a flashback to the early life of Dosan (the enlightened tattoo artist) that will set the stage for the events that transpire in Mark of the Ninja.
- A new style of play, which includes a nonlethal takedown ability, and provides a hybrid of lethal and nonlethal approaches to the game.
- Two new items, one more geared to stealth and concealment and one a bit more direct. Both the items and the new play style will be available in the main game as well as the new level. (more details at a later date).
- Finally, we've added a ton of developer commentary to the main game. All the original levels will feature a number of commentary nodes that discuss various aspects of the game's creation, anecdotes, at least two history lessons and other behind the scenes info from nearly everyone on the team. Developer commentary has been fully localized for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Mark Of The Ninja: Special Edition DLC has been slated for a "Summer 2013" release on Steam and XBLA, but pricing and firm dates are currently TBA.