Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will join the enormous ranks of Unreal Engine 3 games, Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune announced today. To celebrate, they've released a sizeable clutch of new screenshots showing off the ninjas vs zombie action in gory style.
“We couldn’t be happier to develop ‘YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z’ on Unreal Engine 3,” said ex-Capcom guru Keiji Inafune, while capitalizing like a man possessed. “In the past I have been involved with numerous projects built upon Unreal Engine 3, so I understand its benefits and reliability. Unreal allows us to focus on making the game fun, and to push the boundaries of visuals and gameplay in the shortest time possible.”
“‘YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z’ is not a sequel. It is a new experience for gamers,” said Yosuke Hayashi, studio head of Team NINJA. “As with any new title, there are many new challenges, from the game design to art style and even development team structure. Unreal Engine 3 is a great ally to have when taking on those challenges. Unreal Engine allows us to quickly and efficiently iterate on countless ideas, and ‘YAIBA’ is now taking on a life of its own. We can't wait until gamers everywhere get their hands on the ultimate ninja zombie experience.”
The penultimate image is likely from an animated cutscene, whereas the final picture probably represents concept art or something Inafune scribbled on a napkin.