Ninja Gaiden 3 is shaping up to be a bit different, as Jon found out back in August, but now there comes news that an easy difficulty setting titled 'Hero Mode' that allows for semi-automatic blocking and dodging during combat.
Anyone who's relentlessly ground out miniature victory after victory working their way through the previously fiendish games in the series might be a little surprised by this, but it's a move, according to director Fumihiko Yasuda, that's geared more towards newcomers who want to enjoy the story.
'We really wanted to flesh out the story this time around,' Yasuda said to Joystiq at TGS, 'so we wanted people to enjoy that story and get used to the game as it is. In the past the games were really hardcore and we couldn't get players to stay with us and complete the game.'
Apparently, Team Ninja are trying to veer slightly away from TV-breaking frustration with this title, with particular emphasis on making Ryu a more relatable character.
'When he has that mask on, he's a ninja,' Yasuda continued. 'When you take that mask off, he's not a ninja anymore. He's a human like all of us. To leave that aspect out doesn't make sense. We wanted to show that human under the mask. Who is this guy, why he does things.'
But if that sounds a bit scary, fret not, apparently there'll still be a ridiculously punishing difficulty mode for veterans.
'At the same time,' Yasuda said, 'we've got the super hard difficulty mode. We're keeping the hardcore aspect of the game anyway, we're just trying to get the players who have never had a go at Ninja Gaiden to come check it out.'