We've already outlined what we'd like to see from Ninja Gaiden III (as well as what we don't want), but some juicy new details have slipped out from project lead Yosuke Hayashi. Apparently NGIII will feature a "darker" Ryu, "deep" violence and a complex set of multiplayer modes. More details below.
During an interview with OPM (via ScrawlFX), Hayashi stated that NGIII will focus "more deeply on Ryu Hayabusa’s life, lifestyle and feelings and thoughts" - and as such, will be a more emotional experience than before with no additional player characters. Apparently the violence itself will reflect this new shift in focus by making combos etc. more explicit and intimate to execute.
We are trying to take the violent concepts even deeper and make people realize how it feels to actually kill someone and what it is to actually gut someone. It’s very important to us that people realize that violence is not only about blood and gore.
The difficulty level and challenge will also receive some fine tuning in order tomake the game accessible to new players - but still punishing enough for us series veterans to get our masochistic kicks.
We know that many fans feel good about the difficulty level, but we are taking a slightly different approach,” he explained. “It’s not that the game’s going to be easier – nothing like that. It’s just that we are trying to make a whole game, a more exciting game that can be enjoyed by anyone.
But at the same time, hardcore gamers will be able to feel and appreciate what the series is about.
Finally, Hayashi let slip that Ninja Gaiden III will have a "complex" multiplayer mode - and that Playstation Move support is a jealously-guarded secret. We'll bring you more as we hear it.