We were more than a little peeved with Ninja Gaiden 2, the next-gen followup to perhaps the Xbox's best hack-and-slash adventure. So big things are expected of the third entry in the blood-soaked, limb-strewn series, currently in development at the restructured Team Ninja. And with outspoken series' creator Tomonobu Itagaki no longer at the helm, his former lieutenant, Yosuke Hayashi, is now in control, and seems to be taking a page from his former boss' book by calling out Platinum Games' Bayonetta for being "outdated".
"“Bayonetta has some good stuff," Hayashi explained, hopefully not wearing a form-fitting leather outfit with dark shades and greasy hair, "but Bayonetta is old, game design wise, already". A bold statement from the Team Ninja honcho, especially when many would consider Bayonetta a far better experience than the schizophrenic Ninja Gaiden 2. "I think Ninja Gaiden 2 is already outdated", he admitted, "that's why we are making Ninja Gaiden 3 from scratch".
Team Ninja have revealed little to nothing on NG 3 as yet, so the merits of Hayashi's claims are questionable. What has been revealed, thus far, has been vague and somewhat disheartening, with Team Ninja promising to explore the human side of Ryu Hayabusa. Right, so a studio that built it's fanbase on carving ninjas and demons to bloody ribbons thinks an introspective conclusion to the trilogy is needed?
I'm joking - quite badly - but with nothing to go off its difficult to process such news. In the same interview with Play where he called out Bayonetta, Hayashi continued to allude to what shape NG 3 may take, with confusing statements like "The focus we have is that a new Ryu Hayabusa is the main character for Ninja Gaiden 3", which might be a translation-mangled statement, before being a little bit more straightforward and claiming "we are aiming to be the number one 3D action game". And they're not focusing on the famed difficulty levels the series is renowned for, either. "Difficulty level is not the main element we are focusing on". [Play]